Half Rectangle Triangle With A Twist Block
I've been having lots of fun making this block using my hand dyed scraps. There are HRT's and a couple of partial seams involved, but don't let that scare you away! It's super easy!
The block will be 8 1/2" square unfinished and 8" square finished.
|HRT WITH A TWIST|
8" x 8" FINISHED BLOCK
You will need 4 HRT's and one 2 1/2" square for each block. Another method of making HRT's is by Latifah Saafir for The Modern Guild.
I began by cutting half triangles. I lined up the center line on the edge and the bottom of the template on the bottom of the fabric, and cut.
Because I want my rectangle orientation to be the same, this method will ensure that I get exactly what I need.
Pair two pieces together being mindful that the orientation of each set is the same. I like to pin mine before I sew just to make sure!
Stitch using 1/4" seam. Press seams. I usually press my seams toward the outside (in this case the grey fabric).
Trimming the blocks. I line up the 30 degree line from my ruler with the seam and trim the long edges. Trim your HRT's to 5 1/2" x 3 1/2"
On one side of the 2 1/2" square you will want to mark 1/4" from both edges. This will be your partial seam guide. You really only need one dot marked, but I find it easier to have two dots ensuring that I place the square correctly.
Line up both edges with your square and HRT, right sides together and pin. Start by placing your needle in the down position right on the little dot where my finger is pointing to. Back stitch and continue sewing to the edge. Press.
This is what you get. A 1/4" that is not sewn down.
Place another HRT on the left edge, sew from top to bottom, press.
Repeat with the third HRT and press. This what we have so far. Now the tricky part, which isn't all that tricky! Maybe the way I explain it will be!!
Pin the final HRT. Here is a great tutorial for partial seams by Faith at Fresh Lemons.
The pin is placed through the dot on the square. This makes it easy to know where to stop. Start at the edge and sew towards the center. Backstitch when you get to the dot. Press.
It will look like this, meeting up at the dot.
The final seam!! Flip your final rectangle so the edges meet (right sides together). Sew along the edge, press and viola! you are finished.
I've made a few different sizes with my hand dyed scraps. Soon they will become something! See the small block on the bottom? The HRT orientation is going the 'other' way.
16" Square: 4 ~ 10 1/2" HRT's, 1 ~ 4 1/2" Square
12" Square: 4 ~ 8" x 5" HRT's, 1 ~ 3 1/2" Square
7" Square: 4 ~ 5" x 3" HRT's, 1 ~ 2 1/2" Square
5 1/4" Sq: 4 ~ 4" x 2 1/4" HRT's, 1 ~ 2 1/4" Square
There are always options...
Thank you for stopping by! If by chance you try this block, let me know how it turned out. I'm still learning the fine points of pattern writing, I try and make every effort to be as accurate as I can!