This quilt block is a lot of fun to make and produces two different blocks in the process. Its simple components include a strip-pieced block and a half-square triangle. That’s it. You’ll be rewarded with the look of complexity while exerting relatively little time or effort into its construction.
Here are the instructions for making it.
From a multi-colored striped fabric, cut a 3 ½” x 19” length.
From a small print, cut a 1 ½” x 19” length.
Sew the two strips together using a quarter-inch seam allowance. Press open. (A quarter-inch presser foot with a fabric guide bar is a great aide for strip piecing.)
Cut the sewn strips into 4 ½” units as shown. You should have four (4) units.
Cut four (4) dark 4 7/8” squares.
Cut four (4) light/medium 4 7/8” squares (from the same color family as the 1 ½“ strip above).
Place one light/medium square on one dark square, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and sew a scant quarter-inch seam on each side of the diagonal line. Cut apart and press open. If you are a beginning quilter, see my tutorial for complete instructions on constructing half-square triangles.
Place one striped unit on top of one half-square triangle unit as shown, right sides together. Notice the position of the dark and medium/light parts of the half-square triangle in relation to the vertical position of the striped unit (the smaller 1 1/2″ sewn strip is on the right side of the striped unit).
Draw a diagonal line perpendicular to the seam on the back of the half-square triangle unit.
Sew a scant quarter-inch seam on both sides of the diagonal line.
Place your ruler along the drawn diagonal line and cut the unit in half. Press open, pressing the seam allowance toward the half-square triangle.
Repeat the above steps until all your units are complete. Divide your units into two groups according to their appearance.
In part two, we’ll sew the blocks together, learn how to handle the convergence of all those center points, and frame the blocks with a border.