Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dance of the Tiger - Part I, Block 1

No, there is no Tiger Picture....but my little brother "Tiger" came to mind when I was pulling the fabric together for this quilt .... and you know that I like to name my quilts after family. For now, I am playing with this block and a setting. I have in mind using a second block using more scraps of purple, however the design will evolve on the wall, so let's see where this takes me.

Yesterday, I showed you the 12 - 4 1/2" scrappy squares from my purple stash. Above, I cut 2 1/2" strips of 1 background (off white), 2 yellow, and 1 green.

Stacking the four strips - I used the Companion Angle Ruler to cut four sets of triangles.

Make four, hour glasses for each block using the triangles, set as above.

The four hour glasses will surround the 4 1/2" purple square -- but you are not done yet with the hour glass units.
From the background fabric (off-white), cut 4 - 4 1/2" squares from 4 1/2" WOF strips.

From black accent fabric, cut 8 - 2 1/2" squares and 4 - 3 1/2" squares.

Draw two diagonal lines on each of the 3 1/2" black units --- one corner to corner diagonal, the other 3/8" apart. Sew on both lines, cut in between, open and press.

The four larger units (4 1/2") will be used for the block -- save the HST's for later.

Here is the placement of the 4 units you just finished above. Now let's go back to the hour glass units -- for another step.

On the 8 - 2 1/2" black accent squares, draw 2 diagonal lines, one corner to corner, the other 3/8" apart. Place one 2 1/2" squares on the bottom right, sew both lines, cut in between lines, open and press. Place the second 2 1/2" square on the bottom left, sew both lines, cut, open and press. Save those units you cut away for other projects.

Here is the final layout of the block ready to be sewn together. I am making this quilt with 12 of these blocks (using scrappy purple centers) -- so there are 11 to go.


Joanne said...

I really like this block and am looking forward to seeing the quilt progress.

Sarah Craig said...

Girl, you are a genius! I love this block!!!

Vivian said...

What an interesting block! Can't wait to see how you set it.

Mary Lea said...

Really like that block! Thank you for the instructions.

Gari said...

Wow, what an interesting block. Just when you think it is done, you throw a curve and make us do something else.