The majority of pieced quilts are created from square blocks, with the sides of each block being parallel to the sides of the quilt. A great example of this is the Silk Hearts quilt.
On-point refers to quilts in which the blocks are placed on their points – as opposed to on their sides. An example of this would be the Silk Stars quilt.
What’s a little unusual about the Silk Stars quilt is that there are no setting triangles to make the quilt as a whole into a square quilt. I hope that someone’s already told you that you can break the rules if you want to – and setting triangles are optional, not obligatory!
There is most certainly a place for setting triangles any time you have an on-point block. The thing about setting triangles is that there will be at least one bias edge. Where should it go? And how can you make it easier to handle? Here are some tips that I hope will help:
- Cut your setting triangles so that they are bigger than you need. Trim them when they’re pieced into the quilt.
- Keep the fabric straight of grain on the outer edges of your quilt. This means:
- Setting triangles on the edges of your quilt should be quarter square triangles: The two short sides (attaching to the square blocks within the quilt) will have bias edges and the long side (on the outside edge of the quilt) will have a straight of grain edge
- Setting triangles on the corners of your quilt should be half square triangles: The two short sides (making up the corner of the quilt) will have straight of grain edges and the long side (attaching to the square block within the quilt) will have a bias edge
- Using interfacing or spray starch on the fabric you’re using for the setting triangles – BEFORE you cut the triangles – will help them to keep their shape and minimize stretching and distortions
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What I love about this collection… The original Feather Fancy quilt was created by my friend Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossom Quilting Studio, using the shapes from my AccuQuilt GO! Heather Feather #1 and GO! Heather Feather #2 dies. It was so much fun working with Cherry to create a machine embroidered appliqué version of the quilt. It’s amazing how changing the shade of the colors used can change the season of the quilt.
If you love this wall hanging (28″ x 28″) and you’re wondering how you’re going to quilt it, click here to read a blog that will show you how to use designs from the Transformation Quilting Collection to quilt your background before you add the embroidered appliqué to it.