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Make Your Favourite Block Bigger with Valerie Nesbitt

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Make your blocks bigger – large medallion centre

This quilt is set 4 squares across x 4 squares down:

Valerie decided that the finished size of the squares would be 6”

And that she would use a background fabric and 4 mauve/purple fabrics:

So cutting is as follows:

Background corner squares – 4 @ 6 ½”

Centre squares – 4 squares @ 6 ½” (one of each of the 4 colours)

Half-square triangle units : (each square will give you 2 units)

7” square of each of the 4 fabrics

AND 4 squares
@ 7” of the background fabric.

To create the half-square triangle units:

Take one colour square and one background square and place them right sides together having the palest fabric uppermost

Draw a diagonal line across  the back of the pale fabric

Sew a mean ¼” seam either side of this

Cut up the drawn line.

Don’t forget that when you have made the half-square triangle units they have to be trimmed back to be an accurate size – in this case 6 ½”

Lay the pieces out to be as per the picture

Sew together in rows*

Sew rows together*

* remember to take care of the ‘V’ shape and also where the seams join .

Maths not necessary

You don't have to know maths to make a bigger impact with your quilt blocks;  in this video Valerie shows you how to increase the size of your favourite block with just simple numbers - just remember that you add 1/2" to the finished size of the square for cutting and 1" to the finished size of the square when you are dividing it - and then you need your square-up ruler to give you lovely accurate pieces.

Quick and Accurate Half-Square Triangle Units

To see more on how to make fast half-square triangles watch Valerie's video on Fast and accurate half-square triangle units

and then she uses this technique again in many of the blocks for the Block of the Month Rosebud Fayre (use the quick search for Block of the Month)

Note:  Valerie has a mental glitch when talking about cutting 2 ½” squares saying you need 4 for a block  - but this will only give you an 8" block;  she meant 3 ½” for a 12" block !!!!!

 

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