December 6, 2011

Traditional Tuesday - Block 12

Winged Square
(Note: if this is your first visit to the new 42 Quilts, please read the post just before Modern Monday, below. Thanks!)
Block 12 - Winged Square
I decided to add a level of difficulty we haven't had yet to this week's block! And don't worry, I don't plan on putting too many zingers like this in the quilt! But sometimes I'm just in the mood for precision piecing and honestly, you really learn a lot about accuracy when working with miniature piecing!

I chose a busy light print for the background and a green print for the triangles. A red solid is the compliment. I decided that all the blocks for December will be red and green. I'm not usually so festive, but what the heck, right? And wait till you see the Christmas block! It's so adorable, and not applique!

Cutting:
From the background, cut 12 - 2" squares AND 2 - 2 1/2" squares.
From the green print, cut 12 - 2" squares
From the red solid, cut 1 - 2 1/2" square
Here's the fabrics. The light is a Barbara Brackman Old Fashioned Calico print, the green is vintage and the red is Kona. I chose prints for the HSTs to hide imperfect points.

Make 24 - 1 1/2" unfinished HSTs. I made mine the normal way, except I skipped drawing the diagonal line on the back of the lights. These are so small, you can easily eyeball it as you sew. If you aren't comfortable doing that, then feel free to draw the line.
Look Ma, no line!

Here they are sewn 1/4" from the invisible line. Cut apart on the diagonal and press to the dark.

Trim to 1 1/2". You'll feel so good when you get to this point!
Lay out the units in groups of 4s, making sure all the greens are pointing in the same direction.

Sew together as a 4-patch. Make 6.

Lay out all the units as it will look in the finished block. Make sure the green are pointing in the right direction. See how the bottom ones are opposite of the top ones?
And as with the Modern Monday block yesterday, there is an out clause if you don't want to mess with all those little triangles! Just swap out 6 - 2" finished HSTs for the 24. No one will think badly of you!
I'm sure this has a name, I just can't think of it off the top of my head. Does anyone know?

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