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I recently picked up a copy of Quilting for Christmas. The quilt, Country Wreaths, on page 70 caught my eye. I stopped to look and I figured out the piecing before I even looked at the directions. The directions, as it turns out, are different than I would piece it! The directions have you stitching a row of four 2" squares together and then stitching that row to a row of blocks made with some half-square triangles. That is not the way I picture it. Follow the link above. The quilt is pictured on that web site, study it and then come back here.
Tum, dum, de dum.
Back already? Good. Now here is how I would piece this block:
I'd make the square in a square.
I make the four patches where one of the patches is a half square triangle.
And then assemble the block by putting two of the four patch units together into units. Two of these units would then be sewn to opposing sides of the square in a square. Corner blocks would be sewn to the other four patch units and then stitched onto the main body of the block.
It made me stop and think. That is the way I assemble a quilt top too. Every time I sew long rows together something goes haywire. Therefore, I assemble in units. The units start to get a bit bigger each time. I will end up with two quilt halves that I then stitch in one long seam -- the only long seam in my tops. I learned this technique from Mary Ellen Hopkins.
Sew, how do you put your blocks together into a top? Rows? or Sections?