These are really easy blocks to make – cut a 6” square, cut it in half diagonally, sew a 1 1/2” x 8 1/2” wide strip between and square up. I did make a goof when I cut my small strips as I cut them at 8” instead of 8 1/2” though but it wasn’t a problem I just squared my blocks a little smaller than some of the others did. Follow the photos below to see how I made the blocks.
pattern is that the instructions say to trim the blocks down to 5”. What a lot of fabric to trim off – a big waste I think. I cut my center strip too short and still could trim mine down to 5 1/2”. Others that made the correct size center strip trimmed their blocks to 6” and I did a little figuring and if you cut the center strip 9” long you could square up the block at 6 1/4”. I can’t see wasting as much fabric as the pattern has you trim off. If you want to a 5” block the beginning square should be cut smaller than 6”.
I pressed my seams all one direction so hopefully when I put them together I should be able place the blocks about anywhere by just flipping it if the seams don’t work together. That is the plan but will have to wait until I start putting them together to know if that will work or not.
I have 90 blocks done and don’t really know how many I will make – guess when I run out of blues maybe. Looking at my box of blue fabric I don’t think I want to make that many, even though I would love to make a bigger dent in all those fabrics.
I am not rushing to get this quilt finished and think it will be a fun project to pick up and sew when I have just a few minutes as the blocks are so simple to make.