Hello again cute people!
I have another block that I want to
show you how I
show you how I
have put together:)
It's the weathervane block...
which is another traditional block that
is a favorite of mine!
This block becomes easy to sew once you apply the drafting and cutting methods that I have been showing you.
If you are new to my tutorials...instructions for drafting and cutting your own blocks are here.
I have also cut squares instead of triangles for making the half square triangle units. Instructions for that are
(the green gingham and the center square are
cut 2 1/2" and the rest are all 1 1/2")
Okay...now for a new lesson.
See the squares I have cut out of
instead of making flying geese and
then sewing them onto a rectangle to end up
in a square unit...(which is what most patterns calls for)...
Instead, I just cut squares in
the first place.
I simply added easy corner triangles onto the top corners of each square to get
the unit shape required.
So I cut 2 white squares for each
easy corner triangle on a green square.
Placed them RST ...
And stitched from corner to corner...
clothline stitching as I go.
I trimmed off the excess leaving an approximate 1/4" seam allowance...
And pressed toward the triangle.
Now for the other side....
With the 4 green gingham
square units complete...
I move onto the blue units.
2 of the blue squares and 2 of the
background squares will become
half square triangles.
I pressed these seams open as I sometimes do with half square triangles this small.
It reduces bulk...therefore the block lays flat...which means it's a more accurate size.
I laid all of the pieces out on my
It sure helps to make sure that everything is pointing in the right direction
before I continue!
I pressed these seams toward the square.
Once again...to reduce bulk...
I pressed this seam open.
I now have 9 squares to sew together
that are all the same size...
or in other words...
I have a 9 patch unit.
I sewed them into rows...
and then sewed the rows together...
And pressed the seams open.
I now have an accurate
6 1/2" x 6 1/2" (unfinished)
weathervane quilt block.
Green Gingham = Sew Cherry
Blue Floral = DS Quilt Collection
White = Lakehouse Frosted Dot
I hope you're all enjoying my tutorials and that you are finding ways to use these easy methods on the other blocks that
you are making!