Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quilters Recipe Box Variation for Square in a triangle - Aunt Dinah

Sorry to be running late with this post, my wrist was achy yesterday, making typing very difficult!  After a bit of rest it feels much better and I am ready to go with this week's block - Aunt Dinah.  This block uses Quarter Square triangle units along with the Square in a Triangle units.

You will need three fabrics for this block, a background, a dark and a contrast.  I went with green for my background and I love it!  The fabrics shown were provided by Island Batik.
(Sorry for the rainy day pictures.  I need to work on my lighting situation!)  For this block you will cut two 3 7/8 inch squares of your dark fabric (cut in half diagonally for four triangles) and four 2 inch squares for the square in a triangle unit.  Also cut four 2 3/8 inch squares of your background and cut these in half diagonally for eight triangles.

For the Quarter square triangles cut two 4 1/4 inch squares of your contrast, one 4 1/4 inch square of your dark and one 4 1/4 inch square of your background.  Cut these in half diagonally one way, and we will sew them in pairs.

For the center you need one 3 1/2 inch square of your background fabric.

Starting with the square in a triangle unit, sew one background triangle to each dark square. 
Press out.
  When you add the second triangle, notice how the points of the triangle meet and make a v shape?
Place your needle right in that V, which should be 1/4 inch away from the edge of the fabric.  Then stitch that seam, press toward the triangle and trim those doggy ears off!

Lay out with the center of your blocks like so:
Now, lets work on those Quarter Square Triangle units!

Sew a contrast triangle to each dark triangle and background triangle, press seams away from the contrast triangles.
Layer these right sides together in pairs, using one of each combination.

I placed the dark/contrast pair on the bottom and the background/contrast pair on top.  The contrast triangles will be on opposite sides.  Nest seams, and cut in half diagonally as shown.  Sew together, press seams as desired and trim dog ears - your units are finished!
Layout as shown below:
And sew to complete your block!

This is block #42, only 6 more to go!  Woohoo!  Make sure you check out the Quilter's Recipe Box tab at the top of the page to catch up with the previous blocks - thanks for sewing along with me!

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