O is for On-point

O is for On-pointThe 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.

Silk Hearts Quilt

Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring the AURIfil Silk Hearts Thread Collection
and the Silk Hearts Silk Collection

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.

Stars Quilt

Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 wt thread
and fabric from the Silk Stars Collection

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:

  1. Cut your setting triangles so that they are bigger than you need. Trim them when they’re pieced into the quilt.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Feather Fancy - Winter Wonderland / Evergreen

Feather Fancy – Winter Wonderland
Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 wt thread

Feather Fancy - Winter Wonderland / Evergreen

Feather Fancy – Winter Wonderland detail
Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 wt thread

Feather Fancy - Ode to Spring

Feather Fancy – Ode to Spring
Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 wt thread

Feather Fancy - Ode to Spring

Feather Fancy – Ode to Spring
Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 wt thread

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.

15 Comments

  1. Marilyn Garcia

    I love the daily inspiration you A to Z is giving me. It gets my ideas going even before the first cup of coffee

  2. Thanks for more great tips!

  3. love your tips! A-Z is such a great idea.

  4. Boni Schreiber

    So helpful allowing us to learn from you in this format while you are in vacation. Thank you!

  5. Your A-Z tips are helpful, wonderful an “on point”!
    Thank you!!

  6. I really enjoy on point quilts. Perhaps its time to make another!

  7. Wonderful info on the on point blocks… fantastic tip on the setting pieces….love the feather fancy.. and the heart quilt.. this is so much fun .. I sit down ad tead while I drink my morning coffee.

  8. Love everyday so far, This is so interesting and thank you

  9. Thanks for all the tips and ideas’.

  10. You have the best tips! Love the design!

  11. Christine Mahon

    I have really enjoyed your tips. This was a great idea. Keep the info coming!

  12. Thanks

  13. It’s amazing how turning a block on-point can change the whole look of a quilt. The quilt that I made for our granddaughter’s high school graduation was my first on-point quilt. The setting triangles were a bit of a challenge, but it all came out fine and Grace loves her quilt. Thanks for your helpful information. Love your Feather Fancy Wall Hangings.

  14. I like the idea of being able to use the same pattern but make different modifications to the center for making it more usable.

  15. I love the Fancy Feather design! I never thought to use interfacing on my setting triangles nor in my quilts. Brilliant idea!

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