Crown of Thorns

Posted by Ruth on 8 April 2013 | 1 Comments

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Crown of Thorns is very much like the block I made last week called Girl's Favorite 2. Other than the fabric changing place, there is only one difference. Can you spot it in the two blocks below?

Crown of Thorns

That's right. The green square in Girl's Favorite 2 is split into a half square triangle unit (HST). The only other difference is where the fabrics are placed. You can see that the star points in the first block make up the corners of the center whereas in the new block the star points are the same fabric as the center and a new color is added in the corners.

As you can see from the block above, I used a new set of colors with a light background. I did promise I'd change and get away from the green and orange <grin> This is what you'll need to cut:

 

Amount

6" finished

8" finished

10" finished

12" finished

background

TWO

FOUR

2 3/4" squares

2" squares

3 1/4" squares

2 1/2" squares

3 3/4" squares

3" squares

4 1/4" squares

3 1/2" squares

fabric 1

TWO

TWO

2 3/4" squares

2" squares

3 1/4" squares

2 1/2" squares

3 3/4" squares

3" squares

4 1/4" squares

3 1/4" squares


fabric 2

FOUR

2" squares

2 1/2" squares

3" squares

3 1/2" squares

fabric 3

TWO

ONE

 2 3/4" squares

3 1/2" square

2 1/4" squares 

4 1/2" square

3 3/4" squares 

5 1/2" square

4 1/4" squares 

6 1/2" squiare

fabric 4

 TWO

 2" square

 2 1/2" square

 3" square

 3 1/4" square

This week I have decided to make a 10" finished block for a change. Here are the pieces cut.

Pieces cut

Let's start with the center unit using snowball corners to make it. Use the large fabric 3 square (bottom left) and the four fabric 2 squares (top left).

Square in a Square unit

If you need a reference you can check back to last week, but before you do, let me show you a little trick where you don't waste those under triangles that we cut away.

When you add each corner and sew through the diagonal, sew a second line of stitching about 3/8" from the first.

Second line of stitching

When you go to cut the two under triangles off, cut between the two rows of stitching.

Cutting away the under triangles

The waste triangles will make a half square triangle unit that can be used for border, sashing or your label on the back. Or you can use them in another project too. You will make four on each block you make. You can trim them up later to the size you want.

No waste - now have extra HST for something else

Click here if you need to refer back to last weeks block on making this unit.

We can also make the star points from the instructions last week. Use the two large background squares and the remaining fabric 3 squares. Draw a diagonal line through the center of the lighter fabric and then sew 1/4" either side of the line. Cut along the line. Press the seam toward the background triangle and then cut through the other diagonal. For full details and photos refer back to last week's lesson.

Now what do we have so far?

Just need the HSTs to fill the gaps

The last section to make is those HST units. You know how to make those right? It is the same as the step above except you do not cut through the last diagonal. Once pressed just trim them to the following size, depending on which size you are making.

6" finish: trim to 1 1/2" square
8" finish: trim to 2" square
10" finish: trim to 2 3/8" square
12" finish: trim to 2 5/8" square

HST units

Let's pop those into our block layout.

Block sections in position

Note: make sure you put those HSTs around the right way.

Almost there. Let's make those last units. From here on out, it is exactly the same as last weeks block.

Last Units

Add the small triangles to the HST first.

Add small triangles

Then add the pieced triangles making sure the seams butt together.

Unit complete

Go ahead and join the sections into rows and then join the rows together. Here's your finished block.

My completed block: Crown of Thorns

I really like the colors and fabrics I chose on this. Very different to last week's block. What colors would you use?

 

 

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