The pattern looks like this:
It uses 72 eight-inch blocks set on point with setting triangles. There are 7 different blocks. So far I have done all the blocks of numbers 1 through 5.
I can see that each block will need 4 strip pieced units that are 5-1/4" long. Therefore, (4 sections x 5-1/4" = 21")-- each block will need a 21" strip pieced unit plus the center square. Great, that means that each width of fabric strip set will give me enough units for 2 blocks. If I want 10 blocks in total, I'll need to make 5 strip sets, each with the 3 strips of fabric.
Sewing it this way is called using "partial seam" construction.
This is how it works:
1. lay the center square at the edge of one of your pieced rectangle units.
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3. turn the block and add the 3rd rectangular unit:
4. Add the 4th rectangular unit, holding the first unit out of the way when you sew it on:
5. When you open up the block, you will see that now you can go back to the first seam and finish sewing it all the way on now.
6. Because you have finger pressed all the seams away from the center square as you are sewing, it is easy to press now, since the seams sort of naturally fall in the right way.
Well. I stopped after 6 blocks, because I am tired of sewing partial seams.
I counted and I now have 62 blocks. I only need 10 more.
I have lots of fabric left.
The writing is on the wall for me. There is no way I'm going to sew this quilt top as a diagonal set. Nope. It is going to be straight rows.
It is going to be pretty big, anyway. If I set it 8 blocks across and 9 blocks up and down, that will be 64" x 72". Plus a border or two and that's plenty big for me.