Heads up! This article is part of a series on precision quilt piecing techniques. Make sure to read the previous installment of this series here.
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final installment of my series on precision quilt piecing techniques! You now know how to precision piece seven different units. Think of how many patterning possibilities there could be by altering fabric placement! In this final article we will discuss how you can use this information to your advantage.
Get Creative with Blocking
First you can see how a block is constructed by identifying its units. The storm at sea block consists of a square in a square in the center, a triangle in a square on each side, and a fancy half square triangle in each corner.
Once you have identified the component parts, you can choose to modify them. For example, the swing in the center block is made entirely of half square triangles with a square in a square in the center of the block.
Because the units can be made any size, you can substitute one unit for another. In this example, the plain corner squares and the center square in a square have been substituted with four patches.
You can design you own blocks and quilt patterns by combining the different units in unique ways. For example, when the triangle in a square is combined with the half square triangle, the illusion of a circle is created. “Faceted Jewels,” a quilt pattern by Glad Creations features this design element.
Get Creative with Borders
This example uses quarter triangle squares to make a nifty border. The units can be rotated so that the squares in the border are either dark or light, which ever you prefer.
As you can imagine, the possibilities for blocks and borders are endless. Now that you have the tools, techniques, and creativity, you can full enjoy the process of creating. It is one of the greatest gifts of quilting.
More in this Series:
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 1: Squares
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 2: Half-Square Triangles
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 3: Quarter & Triple Triangle Squares
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 4: Flying Geese
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 5: Square in a Square
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 6: Triangle in a Square
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 7: Fancy Half Square Triangle
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