- First, cut strips of two different widths -- depending on the size of your finished blocks. The dark fabric will form the corner square, the light forms the little triangles. Mine are 2" and 3". Sew them together along the long side and press toward the wider strip (in this case, the wider strip is the light fabric):
[The kitty cat Christmas mug is an important part of this project!]
2. Layer two strip sets (strata) right sides together, dark side to light side and light side to dark side. Cross-cut at 2" (again, depending on your finished block size). Stitch all the sets together along the long side.
3. Next, snip into the seam but not past the stitching in the middle of the block:
Because of the snip in the seam, it's easy to press the seam toward the light fabric and make the block lie nice and flat:
I know, this doesn't look like it's going to come out square! Trust me!
4. Next, mark the stitching line on the reverse of your blocks. I used a pencil:
If you have a sandpaper board, the block won't wiggle around while your're marking. See how the template is exactly in the corner of the purple square?
You can also use a Frixion pen if you want a really clear line:
5. Repeat on opposite corner. These will be your stitching lines. Notice they go right through the seam intersection of the purple and background fabrics:
6. Stitch on both lines, then cut between the lines (it is more than an 1/4" seam, don't worry, it will all work out!). This results in TWO Magic Triangle blocks -- remember that when you're cutting your strata.
7. Press toward the turquoise fabric and square up:
One episode of Downton Abbey, and voila! 64 Shaded Triangles. Remember, each Magic Triangles block makes two shaded four patch blocks!
There we are, strolling along Easy Street!
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