More About Block 2: Ribbons

It’s been a challenge for many of us to finish block 2. For me, the hardest part was matching the center Shape 4 Quarter Square Triangle points in the middle of the block. I had to take the seam out three times before I got it right. A few more advanced quilters just converted it to half square triangles (HSTs)  for the whole block to avoid using the parallelograms. And some don’t have a Qube and are trying to make the blocks without a Qube. Here are some options if you only have half square triangle and quarter square triangle dies.  It is always best to use as few units as possible, but there may be reasons to use alternate piecing layouts.

In one option the parallelogram is split so that the center row of the block is made with two light-medium Flying Geese units and two dark-medium Flying Geese units. That splits the parallelogram into HSTs.

Here the Parallelogram is split into HSTs.

In the second option, the corners are made with dark-mediumHSTs and there are four light-medium Flying Geese units in the block.

Here the corners are made with HSTs and there are four light-medium QSTs.

A third option would be to make the entire block with HSTs, but that would be a lot of matching points, and I’m not even going to show a diagram.

And here’s one from the group from Sheila N. who made her block using all HSTs. Remember there’s more than one way to cook an egg.

For those who want to make more than one block per week, I am going to go ahead and post the instructions for the Connector Blocks. The connector block instructions will be on the QAL page. There are two sets of instructions, one for those with the Mix & Match Qube and one for those with the Angles Companion Qube. You can make one connector block every time you make a pieced block and at the end you should have enough connector blocks for your quilt. 

Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

4 thoughts on “More About Block 2: Ribbons”

  1. Thank you so much for taking time to explain this. I has wondered about alternative methods and advantages of one over the other. Is reducing bulk and matching seams the main reason? I think it looks smoother with fewer seams but fewer gray hairs may be worth it.

    1. Hi Roseann, any time we are piecing blocks, we prefer to use as few pieces as possible. It’s much easier to achieve accurate piecing with fewer pieces. However, sometimes ease of construction takes priority and I think that’s what we’re all seeing here. For some fewer gray hairs is a good goal. 🙂

  2. I was puzzled about the dog ears since Accuquilt has seemed to make the effort to get rid of those pesky pieces of fabric. I made two blocks, one from the 9″ Qube and one from the 12″. I do not remember which, but on #4 or #5, the top point was cut off on one of my Qubes, so no dog ear, but it was not cut off on the other size, which I found a bit puzzling. I was also surprised that the parallelogram did not have the points cut off. Mine went together pretty well, but like you, I had to rip and redo that center seam three times. I finally fit the middle together first and then sewed the ends. There were a lot of seams coming together at that point. But, the finished blocks were great!

    1. Kathy, I’m glad you finally got it together. I did the center three times and the last time I matched that center point first and then the others and that was the secret for me too.

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