As if I didn't have enough projects on my cutting mat, but for some reason I just could not turn down the opportunity to participate in Barbs Churn Dash big swap of 2018! It's closed now, but you can follow the link for a fantastic tutorial on making a Churn Dash block.
I chose to join the Civil War theme and have chosen this paisley feather striped fabric. Although the stripe is subtle(look closely), it's striped, and that means I need to pay attention.
And since I had to pay attention, I thought I'd draw your attention to working with stripes and 1/2 square triangles.
The details. The 1/2 square block needs to finish at 2" so I started with 3" blocks. Yes, I know there are other methods, but for a swap, I didn't want to be the one who gets her blocks back because I didn't pay close attention to the finished size. So I CHOSE to trim down for precise measurements.
Using striped fabrics means you have to pay attention to the direction if you want all your blocks to run in the same direction when you are piecing the block. Notice that the stripe is running in the same direction but the marked line is placed in opposite directions.
Here you can see my stacks of finished 1/2 sq triangles and the orientation of the stripes.
Now you will have pairs with the stripes going in opposite directions.
Now you have the four corner blocks for the Churn Dash and all the striped are running in the same direction.
If you were to sew your 1/2 square triangles all the same, below is what you will have to work with. Notice the stripes are running up and down on the top left and bottom right, and the other two blocks are striped side to side. Not a great design decision, especially when this can be avoided with a little pre planning in the piecing stage.
And here are 2 of my 66 blocks that are required for this swap.
I hope this helps you in your quilting journey, next month or next year.