The first block is actually part of the setting solution for the quilt. Because you have to make more than one, it seemed like a good idea to start here ... then you can sew all of them at once or do a few a day. As you can see, I drew all of my patterns out on graph paper and I'm putting them first ... colored photo at the end of the post. Sometimes it's nice not to have someone else's color selection influence you.
We are making 15 blocks. Cut 2 strips 10 1/4 x width of fabric from light and dark fabric. Sub-cut into 10 1/4 x 10 1/4" squares. Cut the squares in half diagonally to make triangles.
I like to lay my strips with the light and dark fabric right sides together, raw edges even. After I cut them into squares I treat them as one and cut them into triangles. When I'm ready to sew them together, they are sort of stuck to each other and are easy to keep lined up.
Sew the triangles together along the longest side with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press to the dark and trim the dog ears. This is optional ... some people like to leave them on but they annoy me so I lop them off ... carefully of course!
Cut the squares in half diagonally.
Turn the triangles so they look like this, pin, matching the centers and stitch the pieces together. Always with a 1/4" seam.
Here's a tip for you when you're joining intersecting seams. Make sure the seams are pressed in opposite directions so that they will nest when you line up the raw edges. Take a fork pin and poke the legs of the pin on either side of the seam, 1/4" down from the raw edge. This will keep your seams from shifting as you sew and they'll match up every time!
Trim the finished square to 9 1/2". Make 16 squares ... one will be extra which is nice in case you find a wonky one!
You can make these quarter square triangles out of scraps as long as there is some contrast between both pieces. It's just fine to have different colors as the triangle pieces. It adds to the scrappy look of the quilt. Remember that when you cut a light and dark square, it will yield two finished blocks so you'll have two that look the same.
My stack of blocks are waiting for friends to join them. Tune in tomorrow!