Are you ready to look at your quilts from a new point of view? Setting quilt blocks on point is a great way to change the look of even the most basic blocks. You can bring new and exciting secondary patterns into play, but the key to this design choice is finishing the edges off correctly!
Here's a look at some blocks set on point in the GO! Stars in the Crown Quilt (PQ11861)
How hard can that be? The design looks like standard triangles that go on the corners and around the edges to fill the spaces between blocks, right? Well, it’s all about the lengthwise grain of your fabric.
If you simply take a square of fabric and cut it half from corner to corner, the exposed or outside edge of your quilt will have the bias on the outside. This will cause that outside edge to be stretchy and unstable - distorting your final project. Check out this video for more information, and a tutorial on this great quilt!
In the past, quilters have gotten around this problem with the use of complicated mathematical equations and rotary cutting - something that stopped many a quilter in their tracks. Now, AccuQuilt has made setting blocks on point a breeze with the introduction of dies designed to cut these shapes quickly and accurately.
GO! Setting Triangle Dies are available in six sizes that match up with the GO! Qube finished block sizes – 4”, 6”, 8”, 9”, 10” and 12”. These sizes will also pair up with GO! BOB, or Block on Board, dies to open up all the quilting possibilities you can dream up.
When you first look at these dies, remember one of the basic cutting rules to using GO! dies: Have your lengthwise grain running parallel to the lengthwise blades as the die goes through the cutter. Doing this will give you the tight grain on the outside of your quilt, both for the corner triangles and the side triangles.
No math. That’s all there is to it! Each GO! Setting Triangle Die will include at least one corner triangle and 1 side triangle on the same die. You’ll have both cut in no time and you'll be ready to put together a beautiful, on point quilt!
Here are a few of our new, free downloadable patterns featuring these exciting dies!
GO! Caliente Throw Quilt (PQ11886)
This is a great example of how different a basic block will look when you set it on point! The blocks in the quilt feature just three dies from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 10” Block (55797). The corner and side triangles from the GO! Setting Triangles - 10” Finished (55553) will be the perfect fit for an excellent weekend quilt project.
GO! Festival Table Runner (PQ11866)
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add a burst of color to your table, look no further! This bright table runner will come together quickly using the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12” Block (55778) teamed up with the GO! Setting Triangle - 12” Finished (55554) and a few strip dies. You’ll be tempted to make one for every season!
GO! Pretty Placemats (PQ11884)
Unleash your creativity with this adorable placemat pattern! You’ll just need one block made with the GO! Hattie’s Choice (55220) Block on Board die along with the corner triangle from the GO! Setting Triangle - 8” (55551). Get bold and look for other 8” finished blocks to use with the same basic pattern for an almost endless list of design options.
We can’t wait to see the projects you create with these innovative dies! Be sure to share them with us on our Facebook page.