If you’ve had a bad experience attempting to set a block on point, fear not. AccuQuilt has found a way to resolve a pain point associated with using this beautiful design — no math involved.
First, we need to go over some basic terminology for setting triangles (the triangles used when putting blocks on point. The important terms to understand are “Corner Triangles” and “Side Triangles”. You may have also heard ”Side Triangles” referred to as “Setting Triangles”. These terms are best understood with the help of the diagram below.
As you can see, these triangles simply act to fill in the edges of the quilt after you’ve put your blocks on point.
So, say you have a bunch of blocks that you want to put on point. How would you go about doing that? Well, the old way would be to consult a table, find your finished block dimension and then cut some oddly sized square or triangle, like a 12⅝" square. We’ve found a much better way. The way is as follows — simply find a half square triangle (HST) and quarter square triangle (QST) that match the finished size of your block. Use the QST as your corner triangles and the HST as your side or setting triangles. That’s it. It’s that simple. If you don’t believe me, let’s have a look at a simple example.
In our simple example, we’ll build a table runner. We’ll start building our table runner by making some simple 4 patch blocks with the GO! 8" Qube. These blocks will have a finished size of 8", so we’ll need 4"—8" HSTs (GO! Half Square Triangle-8" finished square – 55400) and 4"- 8" QSTs (GO! Quarter Square Triangle-8" finished square – 55399) to help put them on point.
So, there’s the proof that putting blocks on point can be simple! Easy, right? But what if we don’t have the right die to cut our corner or setting triangles? Well, we can piece some of them using shapes from our Qube.
Here are the setting triangles for a four-patch block. These will work with any size Qube so long as you follow the Qube’s numbering system.
Here are the triangles for a nine-patch block.
Just pop those pieced units in place of our corner and side triangles and you’ll be well on your way to putting your blocks on point.
Tune in next week when we’ll discuss how you can use the 6” and 12” Qubes together to make some cool blocks!
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