A Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Quilt Blocks On Point

Setting quilt blocks on point can be a challenging task, especially when it comes to the math involved. In this article, we will guide you through the process of setting quilt blocks on point, step by step. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced quilter, this guide will help you achieve beautiful and professional-looking quilt designs. So, let's get started.

Understanding the Math

When setting quilt blocks on point, there is some math involved. The first step is to square up your blocks to the desired size. In our case, we have squared up the blocks to 15 inches, which means the finished size of the block will be 14 and a half inches after trimming.

The math for setting triangles is as follows: take the finished size of your block, in this case, 14 and a half inches, and multiply it by 1. 41. Then, add one and a quarter inches to the sum. In our case, this brings the total to 21 and three-quarters inches.

It's always recommended to round up to the nearest quarter inch to make the measurements easier. So, for our block, we'll round it up to 22 inches.

Cutting the Setting Triangles

Now that we have our measurements, it's time to cut the setting triangles. Since the squares are quite large, cutting them directly can be challenging. Here's a simple technique to overcome this:

  1. Take the square you've made and fold it in half to find the center point.
  2. Fold the square in quarters to mark the middle.
  3. Take your ruler and line it up with the center point, bringing the bottom of the ruler to the square in the middle.
  4. Cut along the ruler once to create two large triangles.
  5. Line up the triangles on top of each other and repeat the same process to cut them into setting triangles.

Remember, the long side of the triangle should be the straight of grain to prevent excessive stretching. It's also recommended to spray size the fabric before cutting to minimize stretching.

Corner Triangles and Setting Squares

In addition to setting triangles, we also need corner triangles and setting squares to complete the quilt design. The math for corner triangles is similar to setting triangles:

  1. Take the finished size of your block, 14 and a half inches, and multiply it by 1. 41.
  2. Divide the result by 2.
  3. Add seven-eighths of an inch to the sum.
  4. Cut the square on the diagonal to create corner triangles.

Setting squares are simply squares of the same size as your blocks.

Arranging the Quilt

Now that we have all the necessary pieces, it's time to arrange the quilt. Place your blocks around the setting square, and then add the setting triangles on the sides and top. Finally, place the corner triangles in the four corners of the quilt.

With these steps, you can create a stunning quilt design with blocks set on point. It may take some time and effort, but the end result will be worth it. Happy quilting.

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