Modern Monday - Block 20
Block 20 - Shoo FlyWe're back to wonky/improv quilting! I'm working hard to develop a "less waste" way to get the look of wonky because I've fallen in love so with the look I want all my blocks like this!
I chose an orange, dark gray and light gray solid for this block. I was going to make it a two-color block, but I just couldn't do it! The more the merrier right?
- From the orange, cut 8 - 3 1/2" squares
- From the dark gray, cut 1 - 3 1/2" square
- From the light gray, rough-cut 4 triangles from 2 ~3" squares.
|Here's the fabric. I like using at least 3 colors per block - more if I can.|
|Once the fabrics are cut, lay them out to audition your choices. Now is the time to make changes.|
|To make the wonky half-square triangles, randomly place the triangle on one corner of the orange square. Make sure the point is facing the correct direction. Chain piece these four units.|
|Trim off the corner leaving 1/4" seam allowance.|
|Oops, this trimmed down to only 3". that's okay though - there's room at the end to make it work without redoing it.|
|See how it's too small? Two of mine ended up smaller, but not too small.|
|Sew into rows, pressing so seams oppose. This would make a nice block just like this. If you like this look better, just cut your fabrics all 2 1/2" and stop after this step (sewing the rows together, of course!).|
|Too make it wonky, trim the center strip on the diagonal to make a wedge. Trim both sides. I trimmed so it was about 2" - 2 1/2" on one end and 3"ish on the other.|
|Lay out the rows to see if you like the angle. Re-cut if necessary.|
|Sew the rows together, pressing to one side.|
|To finish lay your 6 1/2" ruler on the block and turn it until you like the look. Trim to 6 1/2" square.|