I thought I'd like to see what happened if I changed up the cutting pattern a bit. What do you think?
Here's how I did it.
I started with 6" squares - for each block you will need 2 squares of 2 contrasting colours. (I've chosen to work in linens).
Stitch them together to make a regular 4 patch block.
Now the fun part - instead of vertical and horizontal slicing, you need to do diagonal slicing.
Mark 2" in from each corner, all the way around the block. I used a yellow pencil, but use whatever works and shows up best for you. The marks will be in the seam allowance.
The cutting - this is where it is really nice to have a rotating cutting board, your cutting board on a table that you can walk all the way round, or use a small enough cutting board that you can turn it without disturbing any of your cut pieces, until you are finished all the cutting.
Take your ruler and line up the top upper left mark with the right hand side bottom mark. Cut.
|cut diagonally from mark to mark on adjoining sides|
The next cut will be from the Left side bottom mark to the Top Right mark. You will need to make 4 cuts in total to make all your cuts.
|you can see the cuts on the burgundy, similar cuts run through the polka dots|
The magic begins! The next step is to pick up and replace the centre edge triangle with their adjoining neighbour so that the polka dot and solid pieces switch sides.
The final step is to give that centre square a quarter turn.
|the final layout - all pieces moved and turned|
|the sewing plan|
|partially sewn - on the outer pieces I pressed the seams towards the burgundy, |
in the middle section I pressed towards the polka dots
Square up your block and trim to the largest size possible - I was able to trim to a 9 1/2" square.
I chose to make my squares into potholders, so I sandwiched and simple stitched in the ditch, and bound them by machine, with the finishing touch being adding grommets to hang them.
I've also got a plan to make a quilt using these blocks, but that is somewhere down the bucket list right now!