Adding an Extra Half Square Triangle

Using an extra block between traditional blocks can add a compelling eye-catcher.

I was tooling around the Internet when I found Kay MacKensie's wonderful "ruminations," as she says, of her fondness for Jill Finley's book from Martingale Press called, "Home Sweet Quilt." Kay's web site and blog, "All about Applique," has much to offer, and in reading her post, I noticed a fun and simple design option easy to employ in your next project.

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Traditional quilts often use "Solid Sets," where all blocks are the same pattern. Or, they can alternate a pattern block with a same sized block of fabric to produce, "Alternate Sets."Here, a simple Pin Wheel block, made of half square triangles get dressed up!

Jill Finley introduces a bit of sashing and a single half square triangle block to join her patterned "Alternate Set" blocks on the diagonal. What an interesting effect! It gives more negative space where the eye can rest, while surprising the viewer with an unexpected rhythm. To enjoy Kay's web site and read her review of Jill's book, go here.

 

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