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.
The block is featured in her book Rotary Cutting REVOLUTION, seen below…
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!
So then I tried using ONLY scrap strips and I ran into some serious issues!!!
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…
At last! A straight grain Arrowhead Block!
Here’s the pattern in case you’d like to have a go at it!