|Granny's Garden Block 11|
Block 11 of Granny’s Garden Sew-along is a Dresden style block created using half-square triangles (HSTs).
Lori creates the half-square triangles using eight 4½” squares. It is a very clever method – click on the picture below to visit her blog.
However, as I was short of time and I am using quick-fuse applique I created the pinwheel for the Dresden using just four 5” blocks – two pink and two red.
I marked a line diagonally on the back of both pink 5” squares and then placed them, right sides together, onto the red squares. Next I stitched a scant ¼” either side of the marked line.
|Mark a diagonal and stitch either side|
Then it was simple a case of cutting along the marked lines and pressing open to create four half-square triangles. I trimmed my blocks slightly so they measured 4½” square.
|Then cut along the marked line|
Next I stitched the four units together to create a pinwheel block. This will make up the Dresden section of Block 11.
|Do not worry if your center seams do not match as they will be covered by further applique shapes.|
Once you have traced Sew Simple Shape I25 onto the paper side of the fusible webbing, mark lines across the tracing from one side to the other as shown.
|Marking the lines across Shape I25 will help when fusing the cutout.|
Position the fusible webbing tracing onto the WRONG side of your pinwheel patch, matching the seams with the marked lines as best as you can. Fuse in place.
|Line up the marked lines with the seam lines as best you can.|
When cutting out the Dresden flower I found it easier to start at the middle of each Dresden section and cut down towards the intersection. That way, if any of my seams didn't match exactly I was able to adjust it so that the intersection met at the seam.
Once you have your Dresden it is a simple case of placing it centrally on the white circle before fusing and stitching it in place. I did this before adding pieces I23 and I21.
|Block 11 - A pretty Dresden Flower|
You can use the 5” double-HST method for blocks 20, 30, and 31 but it will not work for next week’s Block 14 – you will need eight different 4½” squares for that block. But more on that later.......