I needed some new cushion covers for my lounge sofa, so thought I’d design a new block and make something a little different. I love to display different cushions – none of my cushions are the same design and it gives me a chance to try out new blocks and techniques on a small scale.
Here are the blocks I designed. I called them Right Angle and Left Angle but there may very well be a block like it already out there with a different name - I’d love to know.
I liked the idea that the square in the middle of the block could be “fussy cut”, embroidered or made special in some way. Needing an 18” square cushion cover, I designed the blocks to be 9” finished so I could work with a 2x2 arrangement.
||Cut the centre square 3½” x 3½”. (Finished size will be 3” x 3”)
||Cut rectangles 8” x 4” (oversized) then cut on the diagonal. After matching and sewing diagonals together, trim to 6½” x 3½”. (Finished size will be 6” x 3”)
When cutting the diagonals on the rectangles, make sure all the fabric is right side up. Depending on whether you want a right or left tilting square in the block, the direction of the diagonal is important.
Ask me how I know that !
Constructing the block
To help with cutting the sewn rectangles to size, I made a cardboard template:
Cut a 6½” x 3½” rectangle and mark a ¼” seam line inside the edge, giving a 6” x 3” rectangle. Draw a diagonal line both ways across the 6” x 3” rectangle.
(Note that the diagonals don’t end at the corners of the cardboard. This is OK and how it should be.)
Place the template on top of your sewn rectangles with the diagonal line on the cardboard aligning with your sewn diagonal. Mark the fabric at the corners of the cardboard and rotary cut to the correct measurements, using the marks for guidance.
Laying out the block before I sewed it together made it easier to see which seams needed to be joined first:
After joining the triangles together to make the rectangles and cutting them to size, the rectangles had to be sewn to the square in the middle. To do this, I had to partially sew one of the seams, sew 3 full seams then finally complete the partial seam . See below for the sewing diagram:
This is the first block:
Here’s the reverse showing seams:
Here’s the completed top of the cushion cover:
The centre looked a little bland, so I improvised a bit with the turquoise diamond!
I really like this block and I think I'll play around designing some quilts with it later this week.
cushion fussy cut angle