Today’s block is School Girl’s Puzzle. This is such a pretty block and looks a lot like butterflies in a meadow. This is made of half square triangles. What is really neat is that the large 6 1/2 inch triangle is matched with a pieced triangle. Make the block into four units: two units with the large triangles and two units of half square triangles and squares. Then sew the four units together.
I decided to show you what the block would look like set in a quilt, so you’ll see the quilt example below the block.
Triangle Tips: Getting all those points nice and sharp should be easy if you’re careful to have consistent 1/4 inch seam allowances. One of the things that I find is that when I’m sewing over a “point” that will have several thicknesses of fabric from the seam, my sewing machine sometimes wants to do a curvy little zag over that lump. I stitch with the seam on the underside and the smooth fabric on the top so the presser foot won’t catch and turn the fabrics. If the machine zags, I put that area of the seam back under the presser foot and go very slowly over it again. If the point has been cut off when I finish the seam and open it to look, I will quickly take my seam ripper and snip a few stitches in that area and restitch it with a shallower seam allowance so that the point is sharp.
This is a wonderful block. It’s a variation on the classic Variable Star block which is a four patch block. I’ll say more about four patch blocks later. I am listing the dies you will need and the cutting instructions. When I’ve finished four of these, I’ll put them together into a pdf and an EQ7 file for download.
Please notice that Color Patch D appears to be an unusual size. In fact, it is a quarter square triangle. If you’re new to quilting this terminology may be new to you. A quarter square triangle is one fourth of a square that is made up of four triangles. The long side of the triangle should always be on the straight grain of the fabric, and the inner sides should be on the bias grain. These triangles are used for Flying Geese blocks too. Tomorrow, I’ll do a block with flying geese.
Click on the block for printable instructions.
The die that is used for the quarter square triangle is called a 4 7/8 inch Triangle. The longest side of the triangle is 6 1/2 inches and four of those triangles will make a 6 1/2 inch (6 inch finished) block or a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch (3 x 6 inch finished) Flying Geese block. The really nice thing about the way Accuquilt made this die is that the layout on the die makes it easy to get the straight grain of the fabric on the longest side of the triangle.
I wanted to make a series of instructions in EQ7 using my Accuquilt GO die system. These are blocks that are made with some of the basic dies using blocks from the EQ7 block library. The first set of 24 I’m going to do will be based on the finished 3″ and 6″ squares and triangles. The information will be available to you as pdf or EQ7 files that have four blocks per file.
The first block is a simpler version of Birds in the Air, one of my favorite blocks. Here’s a photo of the EQ7 file showing the dies used for this. Click the first block to bring up the pdf instructions.
Rebecca Merry is our table runner winner. My husband picked the number out of the proverbial hat, and I found the corresponding comment. I will be emailing her shortly and shipping a pre-cut table runner package this afternoon. I want to thank each and every one of you for your kind comments and for participating in our Blog Hop. I think it has been a great success. I hope you will continue to follow our blogs and fun as we continue to take it to a new level.
I’ve been working on a new block including a video and written instructions. I am almost there. After multiple takes, I finally decided to just finalize the video and accept my imperfections as a recording star <big grin>. The written instructions will be here soon, hopefully later today. I have to go to the pool first and do my workout, then back to the studio to finish writing. For now, here’s a video. I spent more time on this one – it’s nine minutes long – too long in my book. But hopefully this will be useful to beginning quilters.