March 13, 2012

Traditional Tuesday - Block 25

Pendants
Block 25 - Pendants
With this block, we're going to jump into using templates. The triangles are an odd angle and as far as I know, there aren't any custom rulers for them. (I'd love to be proved wrong, though!)

I chose the Spring Green and a darker green print - part of Barbara Brackman's Old-Fashioned Calicoes line. Yummy!

Cutting
  • From the light green, cut 3 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
  • From the dark green, cut 4 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
Here's the fabrics. I'm in love with this green! And since last week, the grass is starting to green up and there are buds on the trees! I love March!
First, cut your fabrics. If you have scraps roughly this size, you don't have to cut them exact. Just make sure they are a minimum of 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Print your templates. To access the templates, click here.
Note: The templates DO NOT have the seam allowance. Simply use your ruler to draw a 1/4" line around each triangle on the template page. Be sure to blunt the top of triangle making the length 6 1/2" from top to bottom. Then trace the templates onto freezer paper. Cut the 2 templates out on the seam allowance line.
Press your template to one of the light green rectangles, then stack all three. Cut on the outside edge of the template. Pull off the freezer paper and repeat with 2 of the dark green rectangles. To cut the top and bottom triangles, press the half-triangle template to the front side of one of the remaining dark green rectangles. Layer this with the last rectangle, RIGHT-SIDES TOGETHER and cut out following the edge of the template.
Lay out your pieces.
Sew together in pairs, pressing to the dark. Be sure to offset the triangles slightly so the points don't go all the way to the edge of the block. This block has a lot of bias edges, so be careful when sewing so you don't stretch them out of shape. Your block should be 6 1/2" square.

3 comments:

  1. As I'm working on getting caught up, I'm having some problems with this one. I DID include the seam allowance for each wedge, but my block is only about 5 3/4" tall. It's still 6 1/2" wide, but it's as if I've missed a wedge. I'm sure it has to do with how I've aligned the points when sewing--but I just can't figure out what I did wrong. Ideas? Did it work perfectly for you the first time or did you also have some adjustments to make?

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  2. Oh gosh, Cyndi, I’m sorry you’re having problems! I don’t know why it would be coming out 3/4" too small. When you printed your templates was the fit to screen option on? That would have made the templates print out the wrong size. I’d check that first. Then, I’d double check that you added the 1/4” consistently around all the sides of the triangles. If all that’s right, then I’d take off one of the end triangles and cut a super-sized triangle and sew it on, trim to 6 1/2” and call it good! The block won’t be symmetrical, but it’s mostly improv anyhow, so who will know, right! Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

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  3. Oops, sorry, this is the traditional one! I'm little confused. To make it symmetrical, I'd take off both of the end triangles, make two new over-sized ones, sew them on and trim so each end is equal. Maybe that will help?

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