Remember those charm packs I picked up from the Primitive Gatherings booth at the Road to California Show? Google charm pack quilt blocks and you get thousands of ideas, here's what I've decided to make.
Using two like charm squares (5 inch squares) and some background fabric I'm able to make two 3 inch finished churn dash blocks!
One 5 inch square of fabric and one 5 inch square of background fabric can make the 8 half square triangles.
Here's how; draw a diagonal line from each corner,
then sew a 1/4 inch seam on each side of the line, make four cuts; on the drawn lines and each side.
These units can be squared up to 2 inches.
but I decided to go smaller, mine are 1 1/2 inches.
This amount of waste might bother some folks, but not me.
From another charm square cut 3 one inch strips. I'm going with like fabric but you could mix it up if you wanted.
Sew a 1 inch background strip to a red strip and cut into 1 1/2 inch strips. Add a 1 1/2 inch square of background fabric for the center and you have all the pieces you need to make the block.
A friend mentioned to me that you could make negative positive blocks, there is enough red fabric remaining from the second square to cut a 1 1/2 inch center.
Right now my plan is to make all my blocks using the same background fabric, they may all be red, maybe not. I have no plans for a setting I'm just going to make blocks whenever I'm in the mood.
I don't think you can appreciate how cute this block is unless you can grasp its size.
I've made 4, I think I need at least 100 to make anything worthwhile. I sure hope this goes better than my yo-yos!
Beside piecing churn dash blocks I'm trimming my 600 half square triangles for 3 Barns.
That's going pretty well too!