Monday, November 18, 2013

Broken Dishes + Pinwheel blocks {Quilt-as-You-Go Simple Sampler}

Welcome to week 2 and blocks 2 & 3 in the Quilt-as-You-Go Simple Sampler!

This week I am post the instructions for two blocks in the Simple Sampler that both use the same basic unit.  The Broken Dishes and Pinwheel block are both made from four large half-square-triangles.

For each block, cut 7.5" squares, one from the background fabric and one from your focus fabric.

Place the print and background squares right sides together in pairs and sew all the way around all four side 1/4" from the edge.

Cross cut the blocks on the diagonal twice to create 4 HSTs per block.

Press the seams toward the darker fabric and trim the blocks to 4.5".  Remember as you're trimming to line up the 45 degree angle on your ruler with the seam between the two fabrics in the blocks.

Now arrange your HSTs as shown to create the two blocks. Sew the HSTs into pairs, then the pairs into a completed block and press.

Measure the final block and trim to 8.5" as necessary.

See the index post for instructions on how to add borders and create your quilt sandwich if you want to finish your blocks on that way.

Ocean Waves swirls
 I am really enjoying trying different FMQ fills on these mini quilt sandwiches.

Water ripples
Next week: Block 4, Dutchman's Puzzle.

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