Friday, February 11, 2011

Sampler Quilt 2011 - Week 5 - Southern Belle

The Southern Belle block is made up of half square triangles and quarter square triangles. You'll need 2 fabrics (background and accent). From each cut a 2 inch and a 3½ inch strip.

A Southern Belle calculator is available for different sizes, number and methods of blocks for your own project.

Quarter Square Triangle
  1. Match a background and an accent 2 inch strip right sides together and cut 4 pairs of quarter square triangles with a special quarter square triangle ruler, also known as a companion angle ruler by Diane Zimmerman.
  2. Place triangle pairs with accent fabric on top and long side on the bottom to sew in the correct direction.
  3. Sew the right short side with a ¼ inch seam.
  4. Press toward accent fabric.
Half Square Triangle

Using another companion ruler, also known as right side triangle ruler or half square triangle ruler, cut 2 triangles from each of the background and accent fabrics.

Finish up
  1. Sew the half square triangles on the long side of the previously sewn quarter square triangles with a ¼ inch seam.
  2. Press toward larger triangles.
  3. Arrange units as shown in diagram and sew using a ¼ inch seam.
  4. Press seams to one side.


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