A Straight Grain Arrowhead Block

Hi Everyone!

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Sometimes when I’m working on sewing down my scrap pile I come across an idea.  Today I wanted to see if I could make Anita Grossman’s Arrowhead block using some of my scrap strips.  If you have never tried her version of the Arrowhead block I highly recommend it.  It is fun to do and will open your eyes to a whole new way of piecing.

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The block is featured in her book Rotary Cutting REVOLUTION, seen below…

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It is also featured on Anita’s blog here and here!

I made this block a couple of years ago at quilt retreat and the one thing I remember was the outside edges of the block are all on the bias.  For some people this isn’t an issue but for me, as I’m known for OVER pressing, I know I’d run into trouble.

So off I am at the drawing table to re-engineer this block to get those edges on the straight of grain!  And use up some scrap strips too!

I did make one block with 2″ strips and then  guessed cut some triangles.  Yes, that’s a new term “Guess-Cut”!  I really am triangle challenged!

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But after a trim the block came out perfect! DSCF0763 DSCF0765 DSCF0768

So then I tried using ONLY scrap strips and I ran into some serious issues!!!

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I now know what my mistake was (I should have used a 3″ strip and not a 2-1/2″) so OH WELL!  Let’s do this again!

What I’m after is that long edge of the quarter square triangle be ON Grain, not on the bias.  Back to the drawing board!

I drafted up a new pattern piece that can be used both for the paper piecing and the cutting, very similar to my Churn Dash block from last year.

I printed several of them out and sewed up two, tweaking the computer layout as I went…

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At last!  A straight grain Arrowhead Block!

Here’s the pattern in case you’d like to have a go at it!

Straight Grain Arrowhead Block

Enjoy!

~Cathy

 

One thought on “A Straight Grain Arrowhead Block

  1. Reblogged this on Sewingforlife! and commented:

    Today I was writing over on my shop’s blog! Check out my new pattern for the ON-GRAIN Arrowhead block! Those experienced won’t need instructions but look for a tutorial on using the new pattern in a few days!
    Enjoy!
    ~Cathy

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