What You Need to Know to Set Blocks on Point

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Create Perfect On-Point Quilts!

Blocks set on point, rather than in traditional horizontal rows, can change the entire look of a quilt. It’s a design option that many eye-catching quilts employ.

Yet it can be a bit intimidating to do if you’re not familiar with how to deal with the necessary setting triangles. Since triangles are needed to create straight edges, it pays to learn more about them.

What You Need to Know to Set Blocks on Point

An excellent article by Sherri McConnell covers just what you need to know. One important point to remember is that bias edges on triangles tend to stretch. She recommends pinning to prevent that. Starch is also a big help.

The article provides the math for generating triangles when setting together blocks, whether with or without sashing. It also provides helpful tips for use with quilt patterns that provides full cutting instructions.

This is a nice overview for anyone interested in constructing a quilt with on-point blocks, whether building it from scratch or working from a pattern.

Click here for the “Right On Point: Setting Triangles for On-Point Quilts” article.

Image Source: The quilt shown at the top of the page was designed by Cora’s Quilts. A pattern for “Spring Sampler” is available here.


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