Square set on point have featured in patchwork for centuries in both the USA and the UK. Whole quilts can be made in this design, or just a block as we are doing here.
As a block, it is sometimes referred to as Arbor Window, or Granny Square, in recognition of how similar the fabric layout can make it look to crochet.
Finished size:16in (40.5cm) square
Designed and made by Jemima Schlee
Wash and press all fabrics, and read through all the instructions.
Transfer the two templates on the pattern sheet onto card and cut on the outer line.
All measurements include 1/4in seam allowance.
1 From the red fabric cut five 4¼in squares.
2 From the white and blue fabrics cut four 4¼in squares.
3 From the yellow fabric cut four pieces using template A and eight pieces using template B. To do this you will need to draw around the template onto the wrong side of the fabric then cut along the line using scissors. Sometimes, when drawing around templates, the friction of the pencil can ‘drag’ the fabric and stretch it. To prevent this place the fabric on a sheet of sandpaper. Fig 1
Making the block
1 Following the main image, lay out the pieces on a surface.
2 The block is assembled by sewing diagonal rows. Start by sewing the centre row. Take the first two pieces, a triangle cut from template A and a square, and place them right sides together. The rounded corners created by the templates help the fabrics to line up. Pin, and carefully sew, making sure the fabric does not stretch.
3 Continue sewing the centre row until all the pieces are joined.
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the remaining rows. When you sew the triangles cut from template B align the straight edges and pin before stitching.
5 Press each row, alternating the direction of the seams.
6 Take one of the outer rows and sew a triangle cut from template A to the side. The curved corners will help to line it up.
7 Take the unit from step 6 and place the next row on top, right sides facing. Where you have pressed the seams in alternate directions the seams will nest together. Pin each seam intersection, and the start and end of the row, then sew.
8 Repeat steps 6 and 7 to make the other side of the block.
9 Lay out the three sections. Pin and sew together. Carefully press the block and remove any stray threads.
If you enjoyed making this block, why not make a Point Squares quilt?
The design above is made from sixteen identical blocks joined with a 2in wide white sashing and red cornerstones.
This block can look very different depending the colour placement.
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.
The previous blocks are:
July Old Tippecanoe/Crossed Canoes
August Pinwheel Cross
September Dutchman's Puzzle
November Windblown Square
December Hunter's Square
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