It's week 2 and we decided to do some tutorials for you. There are several different techniques in the book and we each chose one to give you some hints about. Mine is going to be a bit different because although the unit it is in the book, I have a new way of doing it and it uses my new ruler, the Fit to be Quarter. I don't have any rulers in stock yet but wanted to show you how it will work. Once they come in, I will have them for sale on my website. It is called Fit to be Quarter and it is designed to be used for quarter square triangles. There are many different applications that you can use the ruler for and I will be showing you those in the next couple of months. First, the main reason:
Quarter Square Triangles:
1. Start with 2 squares 1" larger than the unfinished size of your quarter-square triangle or hourglass block. I want a 4" unfinished square so I cut my light and dark 5" x 5". On the back of the light square, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Sew 1/4" from both sides of the line.
2. Cut on the line and press towards the dark. Rotate one piece and place it, right sides together on the other piece. Make sure that the light is on the dark and the dark is on the light.
3. Draw a diagonal line on one of the pieces, bisecting the seam. Sew 1/4" from the drawn line.
4. Cut on the line and press the pieces in one direction. You get two quarter-square triangles.
5. Using the Fit to be Quarter, line up the two diagonal lines so the two lines cross on the 2" at the center of the block. Also, watch to make sure that the diagonal lines on the top left are at 4" and the bottom right are at 4". Trim the two sides.
6. Rotate the piece and line up the 4" lines on the edges that you just cut. Trim the two remaining sides. There you go, perfect quarter-square triangles!
I have been working on my blocks for Spades and it is coming along well. I almost have them completed and will get them together soon.
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