I took a whole bag of gifted triangles. I sewed them up and they were about 1 3/4" (not every one was the same size). I used the square up ruler by Quilt in a day and trimmed them to 1 1/2" before I pressed. I pressed these seams open WITHOUT steam. There are lots of ways to make half squares. If you prefer a different method use it.
Color 1 (dark)
- 18 triangles cut with Easy Angle (EA) 1 1/2" strip
- 2 - 1 1/2" squares
Color 2 (light)
- 18 triangles cut with EA 1 1/2" strip
- 2 triangles cut with 2" strip Companion Angle
Color 3 (medium or dark)
- 3" finished half square (3 1/2" strip with EA)
Tree Trunk (Alias EASY Part)
- Line up with triangles cut with the companion angle to one end of the 1 7/8" x 3 1/2" rectangle. Press toward the trunk
- Add the second triangle lining up with the same end of the rectangle. Press toward the trunk
- Use your Easy Angle and square up to a 4" finished half square (line up with 4 1/2" line on Easy Angle)
- Sew together with remaining 4" finished half square to make a 4 1/2" square
Now for the more challenging and time consuming part. This part went quickly for me because I had the half square sewn already.
18 half squares that measure 1 1/2"
(Press Seams Open)Tips:
- Make sure you have a fresh needle in your machine. It will make a big difference.
- Use a stiletto (or fingernail in my case) to guide the pieces through
- If you have a single hole needle plate, I recommend that also
- A foot with a single hole will help keep your seams going the correct way
pairs, press the seams open. I trimmed the beginning and ending seam at an angle to reduce the bulk. This is the first time I have tried this, and I think it really helped.
Make sure these measure 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Arrange the pairs together and sew into 4 patches. Line up the 45 degree (sometimes called the bias line) of the ruler with the angle of the half squares to make sure your 4 patches measure 2 1/2". You can see in the picture that I had to trim my pieces up just a bit.
Sew 2 - 4 patches together and join with the left edge of the trunk. Join the remaining 3 - 4 patches together and join with the top of the of the tree block. I pressed both of these seams open also.
I have to admit, I was so pleased with how this block turned out. I did have one mishap and had to use the seam ripper. Make sure you have your half squares going the correct direction. I didn't realize my error until I had the whole block together. Here is the block before I used my new seam ripper. I am sure you will have no problem spotting that I sewed the 4 patches on the left upside down. I was doing my happy dance about how well everything lined up when I spotted it.
I don't know who gifted the great stripe, but it looks fabulous as the tree trunk. I think this may be my favorite block.