December’s Block of the Month in The 2015 Adventure Quilt is the Square Dance. This block features quarter-square and half-square triangle units. Once those are constructed, the block is assembled as an easy 9-patch. This block has a completely different look depending on the fabric color placement. I cannot wait to show the tricks for completing the Square Dance Block quickly.
Block #12: Square Dance
All blocks in The 2015 Adventure Quilt measure 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″, creating a 12″x 12″ finished block. 1/4″ seam allowances are included.
Notions, Fabrics, and Supplies:
Get started by choosing fabrics. Any three color combinations will work. I had a surplus of black, white, and chartreuse green in my quilting fabric scraps. If you’ve been following along, you know that this Block of the Month series is a scrap fabric adventure.
- Four quarter-square triangle block units
- Four half-square triangle block units
- One solid fabric square cut 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
- For the quarter-square triangle blocks, cut four squares of fabric 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″—two foreground colors and two matching background colors.
- For the half-square triangle blocks, cut four squares of fabric 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″ —two foreground colors and two matching background colors
Create the Triangles
- Make the half-square triangle blocks first.
- Lay a 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″ background fabric square onto a foreground square, matching right sides.
- Set the No-Hassle Triangle Tool to the 4-1/2″ size on the left hand side of the tool.
- Use the pen to mark the centerline.
- Sew 1/4″ from the diagonal marked line on each side, using a straight stitch.
- Cut along the marked line.
- Open the half-square triangle units.
- Press seam allowances towards the darker side.
- Make the quarter-square triangle units by first moving the No-Hassle Triangle Tool to the 4-1/2″ measurement on the right hand side.
- Layer one 5-1/4″ background fabric square and one 5-1/4″ foreground fabric square, matching the right sides.
- Mark the diagonal centerline, as we did for the half-square triangles.
- Sew 1/4″ on the each side of the marked line.
- Cut the block apart along the marked line.
- Open the halves and press seam allowances towards the dark side.
- Layer the two different triangle units, matching right sides and locking the center seams together.
- Slide the No-Hassle Triangle Tool to the 4-1/2″ marking on the left side.
- Mark the center diagonal line with the pen.
- Sew 1/4″ from the marked line on the right and left sides.
- Cut the block apart along the marked line using rotary cutting tools.
Assemble the Block
- Place a half-square triangle in each corner.
- Position the solid fabric square in the center.
- Add the quarter-square triangles in the remaining four center-side spots.
- Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join pairs of blocks.
- To each pair, add the third block to form a row.
- Press the seam allowances in the directions described below.
The block is complete!
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What would a Quilt Look Like?
As part of this Block of the Month series, included are ideas of what a quilt might look like if you made it with only this month’s block. The tumbler block by itself was tricky to work into a single-block-quilt design.
- The first quilt concept uses both blocks in an unconventional manner. 22 blocks create a wide border around a simple 12-block center. The middle border is 3″ finished.
- Since the block design is based on a 9-patch, it will pair nicely with variations of itself or other 9-patch blocks—meaning the seams will intersect along all sides. Those intersections create a secondary design pattern in the quilt below. This quilt is created by alternating the block variations.
- The quarter-square and half-square triangle units create a bold diagonal line in this block. A quilt stitched in a traditional manner and arranged in a traditional grid will look as if you set the block on-point.
For even more ideas using half-square and quarter-square blocks:
Watch No-Hassle Triangle Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
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Don’t Miss the Other 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month Features
Bye for now,