I've been working on my blocks for the Broken Dishes QAL.
In the border of the pattern I drew up,
there is a triangle in a square block.
As I had mentioned in the first post of this quilt-a-long,
I want you all to make this quilt in any size you want.
Sew I need to teach you how to make the triangle in a square block any size you want too!!!
Here we go.
First decide what size your finished block will be.
(Note: this is the size of your original HST block.)
I'm making a 4 inch finished block.
Grab your graph paper and draw a square the size of your finished block.
Mine is a 4 inch square.
On the top of your square, find the middle and mark the spot.
Mine is 2 inches.
Draw a line from this spot to the bottom left corner of the square,
then draw a line to the bottom right corner of the square.
See picture below.
You will now draw a 1/4 inch seam all around your square.
You will use your paper scissors and cut out your template 1/4 bigger than that.
So, your cutting out a 5 inch paper template.
Make 4 templates.
Chose the fabric to make the triangle.
Cut 4 squares the same size as your paper template.
So, I cut a 5 inch square.
Chose your background fabric.
I cut a piece from a coordinating fat quarter.
I came up with a formula to know how big a rectangle you need to cut for this to work.
a = width of rectangle
b = length of rectangle
a = 1 inch + half the width of your finished square
In this case, a= (1+2) 3 inches
b = 2 inches + the size of your finished square.
In this case, b= (2+4) 6 inches
Therefore, you will cut 2 rectangles 3 inch X 6 inches from your background fabric.
I hope I'm not confusing you here.
Lay your square right side down.
Put your paper template right side up over your fabric square.
Pin your paper template to your fabric square.
Take your background rectangles and lay it right side together over your triangle fabric as in picture below.
You will bring these two pieces up to the light and adjust the position of the background fabric.
Make sure that you leave enough fabric at the top sticking up, so that when you iron your background fabric back it will cover the whole corner.
Now, without moving the pieces, bring it over to the sewing machine.
Make sure that you reduce the stitch size on your machine.
Then stitch on the line as shown below.
Bring your stitched piece to your ironing board and iron the background fabric back.
You will them trim the triangle fabric that is behind the background fabric.
See picture below.
This is what it will look like from the paper side, once you've trimmed the triangle fabric.
(I know I did #3 before 2. It doesn't really matter for this block which side you do first)
Now, do the same for the other side.
When I sew the second piece of background fabric, I like to start stitching in the seam allowance.
It just makes the point of your triangle look that much better.
Make sure you trim the triangle fabric on the other side too.
Now, take your squaring ruler and cut on the paper side to square your block.
See pictures below.
And you are done!!!
You can now make your own Triangle in a square block any size you want.
I made a 6 inch finished block, and 3 inch finished block the exact same way to ensure that my math worked for all sizes.
Make your paper template the same way.
Cutting for the 6 inch finished block is:
Paper template should be 7 inches square
Triangle fabric - cut a 7 inch square
Background fabric - cut 2 rectangles 4 X 8 inches
Cutting for 4 inch finished block is:
Paper template should be 5 inches square
Triangle fabric - cut a 5 inch square
Background fabric - cut 2 rectangles 3 X 6 inches
Cutting for 3 inch finished block is:
Paper template should be 4 inches square
Triangle fabric- cut a 4 inch square
Background fabric - cut 2 rectangles 2.5 X 5 inches
I hope this helps all of you.
You will need 4 of these blocks for the border of your Broken Dishes Quilt.