This week’s block is really a fun one because it introduces a brand new unit, which I call a “fancy quarter square triangle”.
The cool thing is, it really looks like a Y seam in this particular block due to that dark teal fabric being used in two adjacent blocks. It’s a need aspect of the piecing, which is really pretty simple. The construction is essentially exactly the same as a quarter square triangle, pieced using the drawn line method, but instead of starting with two half square triangles, you use one half square triangle paired with a simple rectangle unit.
This week I also finished up a cute new baby quilt made from a simplified version of Block 4, Shine. I just love how it turned out! I wanted a quicker, simpler block for this one due to my time constraints, so I used half square triangles in the corners of the blocks instead of the foundation paper pieced diamond units I used for the block in the book. It was a quick sew- only took me about a day! Planning on gifting this to my sweet sister who’s expecting her first baby- a little boy- in April.
I showed the quilt this weekend at a paper piecing demo I taught at QuiltCon, using those simple triangle units- they’re perfect for learning the technique, which you’ll need for this weeks’ block, as well as for a variety of blocks throughout the year. So I thought I’d share with you the little “cheat sheet” handout I made up for the demo, in case it might come in handy- you can print it and keep it by your machine if you need a little reminder of which step comes next (fold, trim, stitch, press…it can get confusing!). You can view the printable PDF version here.
I love to see what you’re making! Don’t forget to post your pics on Instagram with the hashtag #cookbookquiltalong
Well, that’s this week’s block! Hope you’re having a good week!