The quilt is made entirely from half square triangles, so I thought I'd take a few pictures and write a tutorial on the process.
I used my Accuquilt Studio cutter to cut six inch squares from various blues and some whites. The cutter is fast and easy and, most importantly, accurate. I could have cut the squares using my rotary cutter, but I'm not as fast or as accurate as the cutter.
Once I had a nice stack of squares, I drew a diagonal line on each of the white squares using a ruler and pencil. Then I chain stitched 1/4th inch from on one side, turned the entire chain around and sewed the other side, exactly 1/4th inch from the line.
After cutting the squares apart, I used the rotary cutter and ruler to cut the square in half exactly on the line.
It's always a good idea to press the block so that the seam lies flat against the darker side. In these photos, I used a dark thread so that the seams would show, but in reality I used a grayish blue in a medium tone. My intent was that the lighter tone would fade into the darker whites (I used 3 or 4 different shades of white or off white) and blend well with the medium blues.
This photo shows several blocks after pressing. Note that the corners are not trimmed. I supposed I should have trimmed those, but I did not find that they added a great deal of bulk to the quilt.
Although I do have a triangle die that trims off these corners, I chose to use the square so that I would not have to worry as much about the diagonal seams. I'm a bit of a speed demon and was afraid I would pull or tug on the fabric and cause it to stretch. Since accuracy is a problem--thanks to my speed--I didn't want to cause myself additional grief by stretching the fabric.
Once I had a slew of blocks cut, I decided to play a bit with the setting. Really, I was just playing because I'd already decided on my setting. Still, it's fun to play a bit. Here are a few setting choices that I came up with:
|diagonal lines which could be |
set on point for straight lines
|straight setting--the one I used|
|zig zag or streak of lighting|
|diamonds which could also be set on point to change the direction of the diamond|