My First Patchwork Square!

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That’s right, kids… I completed my first patchwork square! So psyched for this particular project as it’s a Christmas present for a member of my family who would rather be hit by a truck than read my blog (direct quote). That’s fine though as it means that I get to share it with you as I go! I learned how to do this in my sewing class last week and thought it would make a great centre square for this quilt. Also, it’s a chevron. ‘Nuff said.

Here’s a little picture tutorial of how I made it!

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1. Start with 2 different squares of fabric which are the same size.

2. Place one square on top of the other and draw a line from one corner to the other.

3. Sew a line down each side of your drawn line.

4. Grab some scissors and cut down your drawn like to make 2 triangles.

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5. Open your triangles out and you will see have you now have 2 squares! Β Trip the extra bits of the seam.

6. Piece out your design. I knew I wanted a chevron pattern before I started but you could really use these squares to make any number of different patterns.

7. I sewed my top squared together to make a point, and then did the same with the opposing bottom squares.

8. Once you have 4 squares of zigs, join them up to make one big square of zig-zags!

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And there you have it! This is the centre piece for my manly, sports quilt (have I given too much away?) an the outer squares will be a simple checker. I’m quite glad I got this square out of the way first so now I can just plod along making my simple checkers.

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10 thoughts on “My First Patchwork Square!

  1. Yes, quilting is so much fun! My first quilt was also made up from half-square triangles and I love it to bits. I hope you don’t mind that I’m going to offer you some advice to help you make your project even prettier. I can tell from your pictures that you have a cutting mat, do you also have a quilting ruler and rotary cutter? (if not, get them, I promise it will be life changing!) I make half-square triangle units the same way as you do, but what I like to do is to make them a little bit larger (say 5.5”x5.5”) at first and after I’ve opened up a square I use a quilting ruler and rotary cutter to trim the unit down to a smaller size (say 5”x5”) This ensures that all the units end up exactly the same size and this makes it much easier to get matching points. It does take more time though. It looks as if you’re perhaps not using an iron to press open the seams, pressing makes your blocks prettier and also flatter which will make it easier to do the quilting later on because then you want to fabric to be as flat as possible so you don’t get folds.
    For your checkerboard blocks it will be easiest and fastest to first sew longer strips of alternating colours together and then cut these down intro strips that will then have alternating squares of colours (don’t forget to add seam allowances) to create rows that you can sew together to create the checkerboard effect. Much faster than cutting individual squares.

    Good luck on your first quilting project!

    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by! These are some great tips so thanks so much πŸ˜€ I never thought about trimming afterwards so I imaging that this will be a big help πŸ™‚

      1. I never thought about cutting the long strips first! What a great tip! Too bad I’ve already cut out all of my squares 😦 Next time though

      2. Oh, that is a pity, but yes, next time you’ll know a faster method! On the postive side: you’ll get much more practice piecing with individual squares. πŸ˜‰

  2. Wow, that looks like a lot of work! But so beautiful. When you are a sewer, things like this are extra special because you know how much hard work & effort goes into each little detail/piece! Good luck with the rest! Found you at Sew Darn Crafty!

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