Quilt Block of the Month - No. 9

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Quilt Block of the Month - No. 9

Hello September. I cannot believe its time for our ninth quilt block already! Only three more blocks to go and we will be done with this quilt front!

My resolution for the year of 2012 was to stitch one new quilt block every month- a very non-overwhelming way of getting a quilt done. By making one quilt block every month, I should have a total of 12 blocks by the end of the year, ready to be sewn together into a new quilt.

And moving forward, I have this months quilt block ready to share with you! This month’s block is all about stitching triangles from squares, and you can easily make this block in bulk quickly. This block is my spin on a traditional pinwheel pattern, but I chose to use different colors and make it slightly non symmetrical.

To begin, I cut four fabrics into 4 inch (+seam allowances) squares. I used the acrylic block here, so that my squares were perfectly cornered.

Cut four fabrics into 4 inch squars

Next, I stitched these four blocks to form a simple patchwork as seen here.

stitch these four blocks together

Using the Fiskars 60mm rotary stick cutter and an acrylic ruler, I cut into this patchwork, with two intersecting 45 degree cuts. Make sure you press your seams out, before cutting!

Cut this patchwork into two intersecting 45 degree cuts

Next, I moved these cut out triangles around till I had a color balance I liked.

arrange into a color a balance

I then stitched along the angled seam, to join two triangles each together.

stitch along the angled seam to join the triangles

I pressed open seam allowances and ironed them flat. I then joined these two triangles together to re-form a square.

join the remaining triangle to form a square

Finally I added a 1 inch border on the top and bottom, and another two tall strips to form my side borders of the block. I then trimmed my block to size using a 8.5 by 8.5 inch acrylic block, resulting in a perfect block with sharp points and edges.

add a one inch border on the top and bottom