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AccuQuilt Block Party and a block tutorial
Welcome to the first day of the AccuQuilt Block Party Blog Hop and a block tutorial. AccuQuilt has come out with 11 new dies and we will be sharing some of them with you during this block party blog hop. You can also download 11 free patterns here.
First up on the AccuQuilt Block Party is Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Quilter. Be sure to visit her and see what she has created with the new Simple Shapes by Edyta Star die.
I thought I would also share a project using a couple AccuQuilt dies.
Yesterday I stopped by Exuberant Color and saw Wanda’s beautiful half square triangle blocks that she made using her AccuQuilt Studio. I just happened to have the same size dies that go with my AccuQuilt GO Baby! and I couldn’t wait to cut out some batiks!
The AccuQuilt 3 inch finished triangle die is one of the first dies I bought and I use it all the time. A couple weeks ago JoAnn’s had a clearance on a couple dies and I picked up the AccuQuilt 6 1/2″ triangle die for 75% off. They also had the 3 inch on sale that cheap and I almost wish I would have picked up an extra one.
In the photo below I wrote 6 inch die instead of 6 1/2″ – that is because the 3″ die says “finished size” while the 6 1/2 inch die doesn’t but….is actually 6″ finished.
I used fat quarters of batiks. I made sure the lengthwise grain of the fabric would run parallel to the die going through the roller. I usually remember that the little white tag on the side of the die is the “lenthwise grain”. The lengthwise grain has very little stretch. One of the fat quarters had the lengthwise grain running the 22 inches while the other piece ran on the 18 inch side. For the 3″ half square triangles I cut the fabric 3-3/4 inches and for the 6 inch I cut my fabric 7 1/4 inches.
I was able to get 4 blocks out of each fat quarter. I could have cut out another block but…..I have another die I want to use for the rest of the fabrics.
For each block you need:
- 1 – large half square triangle – RED
- 1- large half square triangle -YELLOW
- 5 – small half square triangles – RED
- 5 – small half square triangles – YELLOW
If you don’t have the dies I have directions for rotary cutting below.
Sew the small half square triangles together first following the diagram and using a 1/4 inch seam.
This is really a fun block!
If you don’t have a AccuQuilt and the dies you can still easily make this block. I made up the block in Electric Quilt 7 and here are the rotary cutting sizes. If you click on the graphic it will get bigger and you can save it.
Here is a little sample of the block to print out and keep by your sewing machine……or do like me and just keep a seam ripper handy…….over and over again.
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