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Blocks 6 and 7 - Made with Half quare Triangles

The next two blocks in my quilt are good practice for making half square triangles.
My favorite method of making these come from Eleanor Burns.  I have made her Pioneer Sampler quilt multiple times and have blogged about it  here.  I use the instructions in the book for both Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese but any Eleanor Burns book will have the instructions.
Another favorite more recent book is Teach Me to Sew Triangles by Pat Sloan which is a great reference for multiple types of triangle blocks.  It also has some cute quilts I'd like to try sometime.
On to the blocks!  Both finish out to be 10 inches square and are made with four HST's.  The HST's need to finish to 5 inches and I make 2 at a time with 6 inch squares of fabric.
The first block is Broken Dishes (above and below).


The traditional colored block is pink and purple.  This color scheme was used multiple times in the original quilt.  I found lots of pinks and not as many purples.  I have a few fabrics …

Block 4 and 5 - More Simple Blocks

This next block looks like a 9 Patch but it isn't.  Look closely, the center is one long rectangle (but it could be pieced as a 9 Patch).  I found this block called Red Cross - just image it in red and white.
I would have made this block 2 but the block is 10 inches square and 3 does not divide evenly into 10.  The squares were cut 3 7/8 inches which is not an easy number to deal with and I usually try to avoid.
As I'm progressing in the blocks I'm having more fun with the modern versions (after all, the traditional colors are a bit dull).


How's that for an explosion of color?  I love the different circles crashing up against each other.

Now, back to the traditional colors.  The next block is a variation of the traditional Shoo Fly block and it is a 9 inch block so no 7/8's to cut!


Both of these blocks (and many others) are made of brown and tan stripes.  I had the hardest time finding stripes in these colors resembling the stripes in the original quilt.  I basica…

Blocks 2 and 3 - Hourglass and Square in a Square

The next two easy blocks in my quilt are Hourglass and Square in a Square.  Both finish out to be 9 inches.  They are good starter blocks for working with triangles.  As the quilt progresses and the blocks get more complicated there will be many more triangles.
The Hourglass is also known as a Quarter Square Triangle Block or QST.  It is easier to make 2 blocks than it is to make 1 so that's what I did.  The picture is of 4 blocks, not one block made up of 4 units but it is fun to combine multiple hourglasses in one block.
For both colorways I used a directional print and it's easy to see where the quarter squares are in the block.  Since you want the edges on the straight of grain making one would waste fabric and by making 2 blocks at once, you can deal with piecing squares together instead of triangles.
There are plenty of QST tutorials to be found.  I started with 10 1/2 inch squares to yield the 9 inch blocks.



The square in a square can also be pieced using squares but I…