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We have just one block diagrammed so far—Diversion Quilt.

Diversion Quilt

To make the block with a pattern: Print the diagram below in a size you like and cut the paper on the lines to use as pattern pieces. Remember to add 1/4" seam allowances when you cut the fabric!

To make the block without a pattern:

• The side bars of the finished block are one third the width of the center square
• The inner edge of the bar is the same length as the side of the square
• The outer side is cut at a 45 degree angle from the inner side, bringing the total finished width of the outer edge to one and two-thirds the width of the center square.

That is, if you want a 7.5 inch block (a handy size for this purpose) you'll figure out the measurements thus:

For the side bars:
Width: Divide 7.5 (your finished block size) by 5. That gives you 1.5 inches. Add .5 inches for a quarter-inch seam allowance on each side, or 2 inches. In other words, the side bar pattern pieces should be 2 inches wide.

Length: Multiply your 1.5 inch measurement by 5 (because that's how wide the finished block will be) and add .5 inches for a quarter-inch seam allowance on each end. That tells you that the length of the piece is 8 inches.

Cut four 2 inch by 8 inch rectangles.

Next, cut a triangle out of each end of each rectangle. If you do that, you'll wind up with a width of 2 inches, a long side of 8 inches, and a short side of 5 inches.

Now, if you're a genius, you can save fabric and cut out the pieces this way:


...but remember, you have to account for the 1/4" seam allowances!



Remember to add 1/4" to each cut. Your rectangle has to be 1-1/4" longer! Instead of cutting on the red lines, you'd cut on the blue—and your rectangle will have to be 1-1/4" longer!


For the center square:
Multiply 1.5 by 3 and add .5 inches for the seam allowances (.25 inches on each side). That is, cut a square of 5 inches by 5 inches.

If you want a finished block in a size that's not divisible by 5, you're going to have to do a little fudging with the seam allowances. We would use the pattern pieces. We've included a few measurements for other block sizes; that should prove our point.

Here are some other sizes, including the seam allowances:
  7.5" (finished) 8" (finished) 10" (finished) 12" (finished)
Square piece
(unfinished)
5" x 5" 5-3/8" x 5-3/8"
(exact measure is 5.3")
3.5" x 3.5" 7-3/4" x 7-3/4"
(exact measure is 7.7")
Side pieces (unfinished)
Width


Long edge

Short edge
  3-3/16"
   (exact measure is 3.167")

8.5"

5"
2"


10.5"

3.5"
2-7/8"
   (exact measure is 2.9")

10.5" inches

3.5"

Now, all you need to do is sew the pieces together. Let us know how it goes!