Hello, and welcome to another edition of “Ask Jo”. I get many comments and questions from all sorts of places, the comment section here, Youtube, email, and from our Facebook group. Sometimes I think others of you might want to know the answers as well so I answer them here on the blog.
Today I’m only tackling one question. It’s about a quilt that Ray recently finished as part of the community quilt project.
Ray finished this quilt and took time to tell you all that the quilt was set on point. After that comment, many of you found yourself having trouble understanding. After all, it doesn’t look like it is one point.
Helen made this comment, “Not sure this is on point but it is intriguing. I can see the intersection but can’t figure how to make the rest of the block. Can you draw this out for us, Jo? I would love to understand it. Yes, Ray is magical!!”
Ray wrote: “The quilt was made on point. I know it does not look like it. But it has to have been made on point. The border was part of the outside blocks.”
First off, for those of you new to quilting, I want to tell you that quilts blocks can be “set” in several different ways. On point means the blocks are turned so that they appear to look like diamonds vs squares.
This is an on-point setting. I borrowed this picture from Pheobe Moon Quilt Designs. She has an awesome explanation including charts with measurements on how to cut the side triangles to make this layout of the quilt. I highly recommend checking out her website. Find it HERE.
Look at the picture below carefully to see the intersection where the blocks come together. Look specifically at the tan square in the middle of the picture below. Can you see the seam lines intersecting there?
Still can’t see it? Look in the photo below. I drew some rough lines over the intersection.
Helen suggested that maybe I could draw it out for you.
I popped over to EQ to see if I could draw it there for you. I drew this far and realized I needed to modify some of the blocks as in the quilt that Ray shows, there are no actual borders that were sewn onto the quilt. The borders were created as part of the blocks…but look, you can see how the blocks come together in this on-point setting to create the design.
Here…I reconfigured the blocks. This is the design of the quilt. The actual quilt has more blocks but I think you can get the idea.
This is the center block…
This is the corner block.
There is a setting or side block too but the program doesn’t print it right so I can’t show it to you.
This is very interesting to me… Here again, is the original quilt.
I absolutely love diving into the construction of a quilt. I love seeing the twists and turns that go into making a quilt.
This may be strange but my favorite magazines are old quilt magazines. Quilting Today is one of my favorites. Every time I see them I buy them. In them is a section by Sharyn Craig. The column is wonderful, at least in my opinion. She takes blocks and changes colors or settings or styles and creates very different quilts. I take the magazines to bed all the time and study them before I go to sleep. Playing with the design on this quilt let me “geek out” and be Sharyn Craig for a moment and explain the construction of a quilt…I LOVED it!