A handful of people have written to me asking about the Polar Vortex blocks and how to make them. I thought I would try writing a tutorial. So here goes. Please keep in mind that I'm not a photographer! I'm a quilter! I think the way I'm going to do this is by posting photos of the steps and put the instructions in the captions.
|Now, the first thing you will do is make half-square triangles. Take your four 2-7/8 squares, the light ones, and draw a diagonal line on each one. Then measure precisely 1/4 inch and draw and line on either side. I save a little time by using these rulers; with them, you line up the center line and just draw the side lines. I'm not affiliated with either Omni-Grid or Amazon. I just really like these rulers a lot. I don't know what that black thread is doing there. I told you I'm not a photographer.|
|Now, lay down your center square and surround it with the 2-1/2 inch squares from the main fabric. Next, lay one of those HSTs next to each solid square, as shown.|
|Now, add the remaining HSTs so they are "kissing" or forming butterflies. The block should look like this.|
|Finally, add the background squares and rectangles.|
|Sew the squares together in rows and press the seams carefully.|
|Lay the rows back down. If the block looks like this, don't panic! You probably didn't sew it wrong. More likely, you have that second-from-the-bottom row laid upside-down! But look it over carefully.|
|That's right! Now you are ready to sew your rows together.|