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Half-rectangle Triangles for Bliss Circle

Linda Nussbaum

Here's throwing together a slap-dash tutorial for a relatively common quilt block, but I just thought I'd put in the specifics that I am looking for from my quilt circle for do.Good Stitches this month.

I'd like to collect half-rectangle triangle blocks that measure 3.5" x 6.5" UNfinished. I'm also going for the super girly color combination of orange, pink and magenta (and if some red creeps in, that's okay too). 

So let's start with cutting a 4" x 7" rectangle from 8 different fabrics. Divide them into 2 stacks with fabrics all facing up, being sure to have a little contrast within each of the stacks, whether from color or value. The stacks don't have to be even, but you must have at least 2 rectangles for this to work. 

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With one of the stacks, place your rotary ruler diagonally from the lower left to upper right corners. Mark a cutting line, or go ahead and cut on the diagonal. With the second stack, do the same thing, BUT place the ruler diagonally from the upper left to lower right corners this time (mirror image to the other stack).

I've only shown the cutting on one of my two stacks... cutting diagonally from upper left to lower right corners.

I've only shown the cutting on one of my two stacks... cutting diagonally from upper left to lower right corners.

Mix and match your pairings within each of the stacks. Flip the lower triangle up so that right sides are together and the long diagonal cut lines up. Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam allowance to one side.

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Trim your rectangles to 3.5" x 6.5" doing your best to keep the seam lines exactly in the corners. You will end up with 8 different rectangle blocks.

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If you are so inclined you may sew together individual blocks for larger blocks, but my aim is to mix them all up with different orientations, so I'm happy to receive the 8 separate rectangles without further piecing. Here's the direction I'm thinking of going with this quilt:

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Thanks to my Bliss Circle mates for their contributions! I hope y'all have fun with this!