2. You could choose to use only two fabrics for the cross blocks.
3. You could use several fabrics, I like to do this and use a very random selection. My process is very loose, meaning I don't really have any rules for doing this other than playing with the fabrics I love choosing combinations of fabrics that I like the look of together. I try to have at least three of the triangles similar in colour and print, with one triangle having a little bit of a difference. I also like to have a contrast between my Cross fabric and the background fabrics, although there are exceptions to that rule, it is nice to have a few that blend a bit closer without so much contrast, this gives the quilt a bit more interest.
This way when it comes to laying out my blocks I have lots of choices to play with.
I also have all my strips cut from the cross fabrics so I can chain sew each block. I usually work on one block at a time, trimming each section from behind the presser foot as I sew. I start the next block, so I can continue to chain sew without having to cut the thread,
Sew center squares to cross strips.
Sew the three rows together.
For a final press, I sometimes use this product called flatter, it does not leave a residue and will not attract bugs. I love how it keeps my seams in order. I use a dry iron throughout the whole process.
Trim the block to the final measurement. To do this I use a creative grids square ruler the same size as the finished block, it has great squaring up lines with a circle target in the middle so you can place the ruler exactly where it needs to be. A rotary cutting mat is a great tool to use to do this or a small mat that you can turn easily so you do not need to move the mat or the ruler at any stage of the squaring up process.
Cutting Tip: When using scraps sometimes the scrap is not big enough to cut a square, but big enough for a triangle. I sometimes use a quarter square ruler, with 2-inch strips to make the triangles. (I have scraps that are only big enough for one or two triangles, but worth the extra trouble to cut them to size and add them to the quilt.) or you may have your scraps organized into strips, this is a good way of getting a varied selection of fabrics for the triangles.
Well, I think this is all the information I have on making these cute little blocks. I hope you enjoy making them. I am so looking forward to seeing all your blocks. Fun Fun Fun.....
Keep Well and Happy Stitching
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