Monday, September 10, 2012

From Squares To An On Point Quilt

This is my latest project.  I turned the rectangle of squares on the left into the little quilt on the right with just two cuts.





On one of the quilting boards that I read, there was a post from someone who said that to turn a quilt on point, they simply just turned it and trimmed away the excess.  That seemed like a lot of waste, and I thought there might be a better way.   


I had some leftover 5" squares from another project.





I sewed them together into a rectangle.   This will work if your rectangle is a 1:2 ratio.......4 X 8, 5 X 10, 6 X 12, 10 X 20 for example.   These are 5" squares so this rectangle is 18.5 inches X 36.5 inches after stitching it all together.



Now cut as shown in the photo below.  I tried to arrange my squares so that the "setting triangles", along where the cuts are made, would all be dark.  You will end up with 3 right triangles which will fit back together into a square.


Rearrange them as in the photo below.  Sew the two smaller triangles together first, and then sew this unit to the larger triangle.



You will end up with this little quilt.



I started with a rectangle 18.5 inches  X 36.5 inches and ended up with this little quilt/table topper that is approximately 26 inches square.

   

Thanks to my husband and daughter who helped me brainstorm this idea at breakfast yesterday morning.    I'll link this in my Tutorials and Patterns section on my sidebar.

Thanks to Judy for hosting Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times this morning.    

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  

30 comments:

Julimond said...

Oh, how funny and easy to change a Layout.
Thanks for sharing. A great Idea.

Greetings from Germany
Iris

Barb said...

That is really clever...I love the second look...

~Kris~ said...

You are so very clever. This would fit nicely with my orange and black quilts. In case you get bored with it. Just teasing. I love your cute Halloween fabrics.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Very clever, indead! Thanks for sharing, LuAnn.

:) Carolyn

Janet O. said...

Great idea, LuAnn. I want to try this out. Very clever!

Terry said...

That's so cute! What an easy way to get an on point quilt! :0)

Denise :) said...

Oh! What a brilliant idea -- and a perfect way to use some of those charm squares I've got lying around! Thanks for the design idea!! (And definitely you should post the tut for it!!) :)

Heather said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing.

krisgray said...

How clever!

Ellie said...

Great idea! Thanks.

Angie said...

Totally awesome! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. :) I'm going to do that today :)

Ellie said...

Hmmm.... don't you loose your points all around the edge this way?

Vicki said...

Genius!!!!!!! i love it and will try it out this week. It is great to have family that helps us out in these problems,:)

Nancy said...

What a clever girl. I will have to try this one.

Nancy said...

What a clever girl. I will have to try this one.

scraphappy said...

What a clever idea. If not for the cut off points after sewing to together it would make a great granny square block.

Prima Donna said...

THAT is amazing! Thank you so much. I just may use this for a baby quilt very soon.

Sandie said...

This works well, as long as you are okay with not having a seam allowance on your outside edges, and losing the points of your triangles when you either border or bind the top.

Cyn ;-) said...

Isn't it so cool the way this happens? Love it.
Hey... I thought you were hooking! lol [crochet]

Sue Daurio said...

Very tricky..... I looked at it for a few minutes and tried to figure it out but came up blank. It's a super cute block.

Kat Scribner said...

Your tutorials are always very cool, LuAnn! Love it.

Staci said...

LuAnn, this is inspired and inspiring!
I love it! I've got to try it soon because it just looks like so much fun. and, of course, I love your Halloween fabrics!

Jeanne said...

Very, clever!

Kathy said...

That is so smart! I thought at first it was one of those Granny Squares blocks... I wonder if it might be an easier way of doing those too...

Raewyn said...

Clever idea! Well done to the brainstorming team. This looks like a fun one to try.

Kathie said...

this is adorable makes me want to go out and buy some halloween fabrics!
thanks for showing us how
Kathie

Elly D said...

Love this LuAnn :) Thank you for taking the time to make a great tutorial.

Diane said...

The setting idea is brilliant!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a great idea..love it!! Thanks for the tutorial :o)

Margaret said...

What a clever idea! Love the autumn colours as well.

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