Oh my those Triangles!

Oh yes, all those little triangles making up each quarter square triangle.

The above block is one of the newest blocks Cheri has added to our ABC block club in my Facebook group “Sew Anyways with Nancy McNally. Each month we introduce 2 new blocks that we have found in the book “501 Rotary Cutting Quilt Blocks”

Cheri searches the internet for the history behind the blocks and she also has several books she references. Once she finds the history, if there is any to be found, she writes up post for us to read. I always enjoy reading what she finds!

The latest block she posted was the kaleidoscope block. I have been wanting to make this block as soon as we chose it over a year ago.

So I grabbed some fabric, started cutting, then the sewing began.

HMMM working with these pesky little triangles, oh boy this block is going to be a little wonky, I can feel it.

I recolored in EQ8 to allow the colors and triangles to show better

Once I began piecing the triangles together and noticed they were not going to cooperate, I decided I needed to stop and take an extra step before continuing. Spray starch the fabric, then cut the triangles!

The white larger triangles that are located on the outer center’s, that triangle came from a square that measured 5.25″ cut on both diagonals. The smaller triangles, both white and bluish fabrics, came from a 3.25″ square cut on both diagonals. Once you construct the pieced quarter square triangle components…they are a little wonky! The larger white triangle should be the same size as the pieced triangle component, keyword: should be, but they were not! This drives me nuts! LOL

I had to recut the larger white triangles to 5 3/8ths” square cut on both diagonals. Did that, next, the quarter square triangle components now fit together with the large white triangle. Okay good!

The center square and the corner squares in the block measure 4.5″ so that means the pieced quarter square sections should also measure 4.5″…keyword SHOULD! NO they did not. I could not trim the units to 4.5″ because I would loose the triangle tips. I would have to cut them off. UGH!

I measured my seam allowance and I was good (1/4″ all around). So, how does this happen?! Triangles on the bias!

How do I fix this, because I had to increase all of the squares to match the size of the quarter square triangles? I cut more fabric. I am going to rework the block in a larger size so that it is easier to piece and less chance of mistakes. I love this block and I want to make more without the frustration.

If you are wondering what fabric I used in my block, the first picture, I used Kaffe Fassett. I love his fabric!

Time to get offline!

Happy Quilting everyone and watch for the rework of the Kaleidoscope block. Larger and easier sizes to work with.

Nancy McNally

Playing with Fabric!

One of my favorite things to do in the world of quilting is to play with fabric..playing meaning designing. Here are a few blocks I designed, a quilt I am working on (waiting on fabric to arrive to complete)

No name yet for this 8 pointed star. In making this star, I teach you how to trim the units and join them so that those little green triangles align.

Another 8 pointed star, Easy peasy to assemble. Imagine the white being a different color. OH hey, what if each red star point is a different color?

Moroccan Lantern, I took the color out of the picture. Why? The colors I used were so bright they did not look nice in the picture, LOL Hot pink center, orange gold and dark gray. Still working on this block so that rulers that you and I have in our tool bin 🙂

This was a gift for someone. I love the negative space. The quilt is gone. I want to make another one and do some custom quilting, some amazing ruler work!

Now, this one is so cool! I ran out of the white batik fabric. Believe it or not, the quilt top is not completed. I have another round all the way around the quilt before it is complete. This quilt makes a bold statement and I can’t wait to longarm quilt it!

So that is what has been under my needle for weeks! I should be back to longarm quilting soon. The neck is almost healed. Can’t longarm quilt when your neck hurts, not a good thing to do to your body.

Happy Quilting everyone!!

Nancy McNally