Friday, February 3, 2012
Winged Square Block Tutorial
March is my month in the Stash Trad Bee...the month where I choose the block design and get lots of fun blocks in the mail! I settled on the Winged Square block.
Here is a picture of the traditional color arrangement in the block. The center square is one color and the HST "wings" another. I decided to change that a little bit. I am asking that the bee members choose a fun, favorite print for the center square that is primarily made up of two colors. Here, my center fabric is primarily pink and aqua. Then each wing should be made of scrappy bits in those colors, one color on one side, the other color on the other side.
To begin, you need two 4 1/2" squares and twelve 3" squares of your background material. I am using Natural Essex Linen. Then cut one 4 1/2" square for the center block. I chose Kokka Trafle Milk Caps. Then you need six 3" squares in each of your two scrappy colors.
Pair the linen and the scrappy colors and draw a diagonal center line. Stitch 1/4" from the line on either side. Cut units apart, iron the seams to the scrappy side (away from the thicker linen).
Trim each HST unit to 2 1/2" square.
I then assembled all the HST units in rows and attached them to the 4 1/2" squares. I prefer to iron my seams to the side so I ironed the first group of HST seams to one side and then next group to the other so that the rows were easy to join. Then I sewed row 1 to row 2 and then to row 3.