Welcome to week three of the Summer Blockbuster quilt, 2015 edition. Last week I published the cutting instructions and first sewing step to get started setting our sampler quilt blocks together. This week we are starting where we left off, with blocks that have the gray and white sashing strips on, ready to add the blue half-square triangles.
1. Place one sampler block on the design surface face up. Place one navy blue 2 5/8″ square (right sides facing) so that it covers one corner where the gray and white sashing meet:
2. Mark the diagonal of the blue square from upper left to lower right (as shown in photo above, I folded the square and pinched it to make a crease). Sew on the marked line.
**Since we have to make lots of these units, you might like the technique I show in this tutorial on flying geese. The technique is the same for adding corners like this.
3. After the square is sewn across the diagonal, trim the excess fabric 1/4″ outside the seam:
4. Open and press the seam. This forms the triangle that covers the corner of the block.
5. Rotate the block and add a second triangle to the opposite corner where the gray and white sashing meet:
6. Repeat these steps for all of your blocks. If you are sewing along with me, you will make 72 for the larger quilt, or 36 for the smaller quilt. Press well.
Blocks should measure 8 1/2″ square. Yours might be a different measurement if you are using your own orphan blocks.