Thanks for stopping by today. My tutorial uses one of Monique's great rulers, Fit to Be Square. I'm not a huge fan of square in a square blocks, but only because I could never get the accuracy I liked from the block. Construction of the block using Monique's tool produces a perfect square in a square - every time!
For my demo, I'm starting with 3 squares - one center square and two, slightly smaller outer squares. First you will cut the outer squares once diagonally so you end up with 4 triangles.
Now sew the remaining triangles to the other 2 sides of your center square and trim your dog ears before pressing. You will end up with 2 dog ears at each corner, one small and one large. I use my scissors to trim these off at the sewing machine.
Now here is where the magic happens. Take Monique's ruler and lay it on top of one of the points of your block, thusly, and trim along the top edge of your ruler. Then rotate your block and repeat this for each of the 4 edges and guess what? You will have your perfect quarter-inch seam allowance.
I'm afraid I have no progress to show you on my Pinochle quilt this week. I'm trimming all the half square triangles for my blocks and throwing them into a colander so I can randomly draw them out and pair them for my scrappy blocks.
Keep checking in with my blog buddies to see their quilts coming together.
Nicole, Sister's Choice Quilts - Monday
Monique, Open Gate Quilts - Tuesday
Thelma, Cupcakes 'n' Daisies - Wednesday
and finally, Moi - Thursday
See you in a week (if not sooner)!