This block is composed of triangles and one central square set on the diagonal.
This block is composed of triangles and one central square set on the diagonal. Old Tippecanoe refers to the nickname of William Henry Harrison, (1773-1841), the 9th president of the United States. He was also a distinguished military leader, defeating the first nation Shawnee at Tippecanoe Creek in 1811. A very simple pieced block, sometimes known as Crossed Canoes or Broken Dishes, can be composed entirely of thirty-two equal-sized triangles. I have used a central square on the diagonal edged with triangles, four flying geese at the sides and four half square triangles at each corner. The character of the block relies on the distribution and contrast between the light and dark fabrics.
I have used fabrics from the Linea and Spectrum ranges from Makower UK, however, this block only uses small pieces of fabric you might find some suitable fabric in your stash.
Finished size:16in (40.5cm) square
Designed and made by Jemima Schlee
Wash and press all fabrics, and read through all the instructions. All measurements include 1/4in seam allowance
1 From the white fabric, cut one 9 1/4in square and two 4 7/8in squares.
2 From the light blue fabric, cut four 4 7/8in squares.
3 From the dark blue fabric, cut four 4 7/8in squares and one 6in square.
Making the side units
1 Lay your 9 1/4in square of white fabric down in front of you, right side up. Place one of the dark blue 4 7/8in squares in the top right-hand corner, right side down, and align the two edges. Repeat this with another dark blue square in the bottom left-hand corner, again aligning the edges. The two blue squares will overlap slightly at the centre of the white square. Draw a diagonal line from the bottom right- to the top left-hand corner.
2 Stitch 1/4in to either side of this line. Cut along the central drawn line with sharp scissors. You now have two units of work.
3 Using a hot iron, press the seam allowance towards the blue fabric.
4 Take one unit and lay it down right side up in front of you. Place another of the dark blue squares on the corner of the white triangle, right side down. Align the two edges on the white fabric – the corner diagonally opposite will extend over the side with the two blue triangles. Draw a line diagonally as shown in the photograph.
5 Stitch 1/4in to either side of the marked diagonal line. Cut along the marked line with sharp scissors. You now have two units of work.
6 Press your two units with a hot iron and trim off and tail ends of seam allowance to create straight edges all the way around. Repeat from Step 4 using the other unit. You now have four Flying Geese.
Sewing the corners (Half-Square Triangles)
1 Take one 4 7/8in square in white and one in light blue, and place them right sides together, aligning their edges. Draw a diagonal line from the bottom left- to the top right-hand corner.
2 Stitch 1/4in to either side of the marked diagonal line. Cut along the marked line with sharp scissors.
3 You now have two units of work. Carefully press the seams open with a hot iron and trim the ‘ears’ to create straight edges all the way around.
Making the central square
1 Take your last two light blue squares and cut them in half across their diagonals to leave you with four triangles. Take your 6in square in dark blue and lay it down right side up. Lay one of your light blue triangles right side down centred along one edge of the square. Stitch a 1/4 in seam along this edge.
2 Press your seam open. Turn your work over again so that it is right side up. place another light blue triangle along the opposite edge, pin and stitch another 1/4in seam and press it open. Repeat with the remaining two triangles to complete your central square. Trim off and tail ends of seam allowance to create straight edges all the way around.
Assembling the block
1 Take two Flying Geese units, and sew them to opposite sides of your central square.
2 Stitch a half-square triangle to either end of the remaining two flying gees units. Press and join these two strips to the last two sides of your central square.
The fun doesn’t end here…
Each month designer Jemima Schlee will be introducing you to a different block, with easy to follow instructions.
This is the fifth of nine 16in square blocks for you to make, with the final design appearing in our March 2018
issue. As you make the nine blocks, we would like you to come up with your own quilt design. You can add more blocks or borders, experiment with colour ways and fabrics, and make the finished quilt as large or as small as you like. Anything that takes your fancy! The only rule is that it must include all nine of the blocks from the magazine.
There are great prizes to be won, including a fabulous
sewing machine, courtesy of Bernina, for the winning design. Full details of how to enter will be given in the March 2018 issue, so watch this space and don’t forget to keep us posted on your progress.
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