Thursday, September 12, 2013

Triangle Thursday #23

This design is number 1266a in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It has two sources.  The first is Farm & Fireside a periodical that included quilting patterns begun in 1884.  This block was published in 1904.  Lady’s Art Company listed this as pattern #519 available between 1928 to 1934.  They called it Turnstyle while Farm & Fireside did not name it.  One thing I noticed is if you change the coloring you change the name of the block. Don't forget you can get a pdf version to either save or print here. 
Cutting directions are for 6”
Number to cut
Squares to make small Triangles, 1 light and 1 dark 
1 of each
4 ¼” squares, sub cut on the diagonal twice to make 4 triangles.
Large triangles
Using 3” triangle template, or 2 squares cut 3 7/8 cut in half diagonally.

Here are the pieces that will make up this block.

Like last block we are cutting the small triangles with the bias on the right angle and the straight of grain on the long side.

Sew two short sides of the small triangles together.  When you sew the triangles be consistent.  In my case, I always sewed with the dark side up.  That way all of the finished pieces were the same. (Again, ask me how I learned this!!) Iron the seams to the dark.  

Once again, I needed a method to make sure the little triangle unit lined up correctly with the bigger triangle.  I folded the larger triangle over and finger pressed the center. That was lined up with the seam of the small triangle unit. Sew the small triangle units to the bigger triangle unit, right sides together. I ironed the seam to the bigger triangle.  

Next square up your unit to 3 ½”.  Lay out the units as shown in the photo above.  Sew them into rows; sew the rows together into the block.
I ironed the seams so the center seams spinned.

This was a surprisingly easy block. Of course, part of that is there aren't that many pieces. 

You might be wondering why I'm not really using all of my scrap triangles for this series of blocks.  I am going to use these blocks to make a small quilt that I'm donating to the guild in Maryland to sell at an auction.  Hum, sounds like killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.  I have a big box of these fabrics which I'm trying to make a dent in also.  

Happy Quilting! 

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