Sunday, January 20, 2013

Nifty Method - A Quilt Block Tutorial

These Blocks were easy! A friend told me about a fun way to cut and sew these with no templates, little measuring, and great accuracy.
 Start with two contrasting fabrics that are just larger than the finished size you would like your block to be and press them right sides together.
Trim them to the size of your finished block
Cut a Post-It to 1/4 the width of the fabric. (1.5" for a 6" block!). Begin stitching at the Post-It, stitch down one side, turn at the 1/4", and continue stitching the 2nd side to the end.
Repeat this for sides 3 and 4.
Slice the block diagonally where stitching intersects.
Stack one triangle exactly on top of the other. (Each with the same color facing up)
Without moving the stack, make two cuts the same distance from corner edges as your Post-It.
Open all your pieces, press seams and arrange.
Join in three rows, then sew rows together matching intersections. Your block will look like this yellow one and will need those corners trimmed to finished block size.
Here are my blocks joined, as they are now on my design wall. I have a great multi color batik for the back and binding, and I am considering a wavy border:-)


  1. This is a great technique. Can't wait to try it. I've given you the Liebster Award. I hope you have fun with it. It's a great way to meet other bloggers. The info is here:

  2. Thanks for this tutorial. It's amazing how easy it can be!

  3. Nice block and beautiful qult.

  4. This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing. Your quilt looks fabulous.

  5. That block is Anita's Arrowhead.
    I've made it many times and it is just so much fun.

    1. I'm glad you recognized it and provided the link. To this day I still can't get over how simple it is. xo

  6. It’s really pretty and simple. Do the bias edges give you a problem?


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