- Playing with original blocks.
- Cut 8 x dark rectangles 1.5″ x 2.5″
- Cut 8 x light rectangles 1.5″ x 2.5″
- Cut 2 x light square 2.5″ x 2.5″
- Cut 4 x light square 3.25″x 3.25″
- Cut 4 x dark square 3.25″ x 3.25″
- Sew a light 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangle to a dark one
- Draw a diagonal pencil line on the wrong side of the lighter fabric.
- Sew a 1/4″ either side of the pencil line.
- Press open seams and trim back to 2.5″ x 2.5″ square
- This block is sewn in three rows as per the diagram below. Remember to pin intersecting seams for accuracy.
- Cut each block once across the diagonal to yield two pieces.
- Arrange the four pieces as shown below.
- Sew in pairs and then sew pairs together. Remember to handle with care. We are now working with bias edges and they will be stretchy!
Stand back and admire your handiwork. One 8.5″ unfinished block.
Let’s play with some settings.
|Horizontal layout with alternating solid squares|
|On Point with alternating solid squares|
Try different cuts and rotations.
|Cut in 4 across centre and each piece rotated|
|Cut in four across centre and each piece rotated|
|Cut into four across centre and then each piece on the diagonal|
I hope you enjoyed cutting up a perfectly good block. Next week, pucker up for a big smooch of a block.