Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Signature Block Layout Tutorial

One of the quilters on the flicker group asked for a tutorial so this is a quick one.
(Click on the pictures to enlarge them)

First you will need to cut your corner and setting triangles. It might be best to starch the squares before you cut them into triangles as that will help keep the bias edges from stretching out of shape. If you don't have starch don't worry about it just be careful not to stretch your triangles before they are sewn.

Cut two 3 3/4 inch squares then cut them in half diagonally as shown by the line on the above picture.

Cut seven 6 7/8ths inch squares and cut them diagonally twice as shown by the lines above.

You will end up with triangles that look like this. The lines on the edges show where the bias edges are. These need to be handled carefully until they are sewn to the edges of the blocks so that they don't stretch.
Here is your first row (this you see as the top right hand corner of the quilt). Do you believe it? Just plain old rows you sew together but instead of being horizontal they are turned 45 degrees. See no big deal. I numbered the pieces in the order you should sew them.

The arrows show where to line up the corners. The tops of the triangle will stick out above the block that is supposed to happen.

Then find the center of the block and the center for the corner (top) triangle and pin them at the center and along the top edge. Sew that triangle on.

This is your next row... sew that triangle to the left and the other to the right of the row... just continue this until you have all of your rows... it is easiest to look at the diagram of the whole quilt to understand how that goes.

 Then sew the rows together. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. (Now if I just had a design wall)

Let me know if you have any other questions.

3 comments:

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