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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
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)

Long edge

Short edge
   (exact measure is 3.167")




   (exact measure is 2.9")

10.5" inches


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