I want to share a short-cut technique that was demonstrated at the last meeting of my local quilt guild. I'm giving you dimensions to make a 9" finished-size block since that works wonderfully for our Valor quilts. And, of course, you can use any color combination, but I'm writing for the block pictured.
Rating: Moderately experienced quilters will find this easy and fast when you learn the trick. It makes a fun challenge for beginners who are adventurous.
How do you get this without having to sew ANY biases, and with EASY PEASY SUPERFAST cutting?
Step 1: Cut several blocks out Speed Racer style
Stack your print red in double layers, then add your solid red in double layers, then add one layer of the white.
(I staggered them so you could see what's going on, then put them back in line with each other after the pic was snapped.)
Square up your end and cut however many 5" rows you want. If you're working with 42" fabric, you'll get about 4 blocks out of each row.
Now take one row, square up the selvage end, and cut every 5 inches. Each resulting stack of squares makes 1 block.
(Yes - mine are cut at 3 1/2" to make a 6" block, but for your first time through, it will probably be easier to handle a larger size.)
That's it! You're finished with all the cutting for this project.
Step 2: Sew the Funky Unit
Take the white square and fold it in half WRONG SIDES TOGETHER.
Lay one PRINT RED face up.
Lay one SOLID RED square on top, face down.
Pin the LEFT SIDE.
This is where you will stitch, NOT THE TOP.
Sew the line and open the unit out.
Now lay the remaining SOLID RED square face up.
Layer the folded white piece on it much like the first time, with the sewn-on pieces hanging off on the left.
Lay the remainig PRINT RED square on top, face down.
PIN the RIGHT SIDE.
Sew that seam so that you will have this unit when you open the right side out as well:
(Notice that each side has opposite red types.)
Step 3: Sew the cross seam to form the finished block
This is where you get to be all manipulative. There's a trick, though, to avoiding unwanted pleats in the corners of your centerpiece: Go With the F. :)
Pick up the unit so all the raw edges are at the top. Open each red end out so you get an I shape. Now you can match opposite partners to each other. Pin one top red corner together as shown below.
Open out the white edges:
Then match and pin the center seams. (I make the seams lay down in opposite directions so they'll lock with each other, while making sure the bottom seam will point away from the feed dogs while sewing.)