The boys are busy playing so I found a window of time to write up a tutorial for the super simple Corner blocks from this post. This is an excellent block for beginners, for playing with pretty fabrics and for scraps. The instruction is for one block; I made two new sets of blocks with which to play for this tutorial, so the colours vary.
You’ll need two fabrics; one for the corner, and one for the background/pavement. How much contrast you want between them, is up to you.
Measurements finished block: 8”*8”, unfinished; 8 ½”*8 ½”
Cut one 4 ½”*4 ½” square for the corner.
Cut one 4 ½”*4 ½” square and one 4 ½”*8 ½” rectangle for the background.
I cut 4 ½” strips in the full width of the fabric, and cut pieces for several blocks at the time.
Stitch the two squares together,
and then the rectangle on either side of the squares. I don’t press the seams until the block is finished. You've got to live dangerously sometimes, right?
I have alternated stitching the rectangle on the two sides of the squares.You can do this by stitching with the background square on top on some blocks, and the corner square on top on the others. The look of the blocks will be the same.
I have pressed some of the seam allowances this way and some the other.
You can use the blocks as they are for, amongst others, the layouts in the Corner block play post:
Side by side
Vertical squiggly line
Horizontal squiggly line
This way and that
Or, you can cut the blocks diagonally and get a totally different look. I always cut blocks from the back to avoid jagged lines when cutting the seam allowances.
Make sure you cut through the spot where the seams meet
You’ll get two sets of triangles – Left ones and Right ones.
One Left and one Right makes these blocks
They can be used in the same layouts as the original Corner blocks.
Two Rights stitched together will give these blocks
and two Lefts will give these blocks.
They will make the same shapes, but move in different directions like the leaning stars
and interlocking pinwheels.
I love the strong diagonal lines!
I am quite happy that I revisited those long forgotten blocks and started playing with them. Now it's your turn; consider yourself challenged:)
Thanks for stopping by!