Blogger’s Block of the Month :: Block 8, April

Welcome to the Mrs. Schmenkmanquilts’ stop on the Blogger’s Block of the Month tour! Thanks to Jackie for including me — much appreciated to have a goal and to be able to play along!

My block is called Triangle Squares. Hmm, creative. Well, that’s what Grandma Dexter called it, and it is block no. 2041 in Barbara Brackman‘s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (ooh, ouch, when did that go out of print?).  Whatever you call it, I like it. It’s easy to make and you’ve got a lot of areas for the variations of your choice. For example, use more than one background fabric. Mine is gold. Use one on the inside of the block and one on the outside. Or make your corners match your center. Use two more contrasting fabrics in the half square triangle blocks — those could definitely add some pop.

Let’s get started!

CUTTING

The finished block size for Triangle Squares is 8″.

For the block background, I used the gold Guinea flower print.
Cut 6 – 2 7/8″ squares.

Cut the squares in half once diagnally.

For the corners, cut four 2 1/2″ squares of purple spot:

For the half-square triangle blocks, cut two 2 7/8″ squares from each of two fabrics.

Cut these squares in half once diagnally:

For the center, cut one 3 1/4″ square.

PIECING

Be sure you are sewing scant 1/4″ seams. You can either press seams open or to one side. I have used a combination — pressing the half-square triangle units to one side and pressing the final seams open to better distribute bulk.

To piece the block center, surround the 3 1/4″ center square with four half-square triangles of the gold guinea flower:

First sew in one side triangle:

Follow that with the opposite side’s triangle:

Press these triangles out and trim the triangle corners even with the center square if you desire.

Now add the other two side triangles:

Press and trim any little triangle ears. The piece should measure 4 1/2″. It’s important that there be 1/4″ seam allowance beyond the corners of the blue and green center square — you don’t want to lose your corners into the next seam.

Now piece the half-square triangle blocks. First match up triangles with background triangles and sew four of each.

Trim the corners and make sure your half-square triangle blocks measure 2 1/2″.

Now it’s time to assemble your Triangle Squares blocks.

Arrange the block units like so:

Begin assembly by piecing together the half-square triangle blocks on each side.

On the top and bottom, piece the outer corner (purple spot) together with its neighboring half-square triangle block.

Next sew the units in the top, middle and bottom rows together:

Finally, sew the top and bottom rows to the center row. Press well and you are done!

I hope you enjoy the block!

You can see what other quilters are up to in the Bloggers BOM Flickr group.

Here are links to other blocks in this series, completed and ones to come. Don’t miss ‘em.
September - Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
October - Vicki Welsh – Field Trips in Fiber
November - Stephanie Dunphy – Loft Creations
December - Pat Sloan – The Voice Of Quilting
January - John Adams – Quilt Dad
February - Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
March - Allison Harris – Cluck, Cluck, Sew
April - Amy Lobsiger – Mrs. Schmenkmen Quilts YOU ARE HERE
May - Cathy Underhill – Cabbage Quilts
June - Pam Vieira-McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning
July - Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans Inc.
August - Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side
September - Sarah Fielke – The Last Piece
October - Jackie Kunkel – Canton Village Quilt Works 

Happy stitching!

19 Comments »

  1. Pam said

    Woo hoo, I can’t wait to make this! And yes, that book is so awesome right? I use it all the time!

  2. Nedra said

    Oh, yeah! You are the April designer. I am going to start working on mine right now! (great block, and you know how I love those Kaffes)

  3. Great block, love the fabric choices—thanks for the terrific tute!

  4. Auntie Pami said

    They really need to reprint this book! Love your block. Keep in touch, sure miss your posts.

  5. Tamie said

    Good to hear from you. Hope your and your daughter are doing okay. Love your block.

  6. Susannah said

    Love this block… We miss you!

  7. Cille said

    Oh it looks like a lot of fun – it’s a beautiful block and will look good with the others. Can’t wait to get started on my block later today.

  8. Maria said

    Love your block.. Great tutorial too Amy thank you….

  9. Bente said

    -lovely, thank you!

  10. Jopsy said

    So glad to see you back :) Loving the Fassett! (& block of course!)

  11. Yeah! I’ve been trying to patiently wait for this block :) Can’t wait to make it (twice!) Thank you!

  12. Miriam said

    Thank you for a great block! Love all your suggestions for colour placement.
    Take care xo

  13. fabulous – I love half square triangles :)

  14. What a great block with so many possibilities. I really like it in the Kaffe Fasset fabrics.

  15. milakamila said

    I love this block…

  16. Holly said

    Thanks Amy. I really like how it came out in my fabrics. And thanks for the tips about seams!

  17. Bente said

    thank you very much, great tutorial , beautiful block!

  18. Jean C. said

    You always have such bright cute stuff to show!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Hope all is going well with you and your family!

  19. Lesley said

    Beautiful, easy block! Great tutorial!

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