Split Rectangle Designs

On Tuesday I posted about using Deb Tucker’s ruler (Split-Rects) to make a series of Split Rectangle blocks…..

Now that I had a bunch made, it was time to figure out what I could do with them!!

I spent time looking at quilts online and found LOTS of ideas, but nothing that appealed to me.

I did play some with stars…..

And some other ideas…..

…but didn’t come up with anything that I was really excited about.

I also played with random placement…..

…but that was just “MEH!!”

So, I decided to lay out all of the squares, separating them between the two layouts…..

HMMMM….. I kind of like the straight diagonal lines that appear.

I wanted it to be very random, so I took all of the blocks, mixed them up, and put them in a pile…..

I stood at the design wall and picked up one at a time (without peeking) and placed it on the wall. This was my “random” design…..

I kind of like that!!!

This quilt needed to be 24-inches or less, and I was afraid that it would be pretty boring if the ENTIRE quilt was made of these triangles. So, I got rid of two columns and one row of blocks…..

….giving me room to add two borders!!

Piecing the blocks was super easy and I was pleased with how the points came together.

I added a scrappy border and called the top finished…..

Since I had some blocks left over, I used them and pieced the quilt back too…..

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Splitting Rectangles!!

When I was at International Quilt Festival back in November, I purchased a new ruler from Deb Tucker….. SPLIT RECTS….

I had been wanting to play with “Split Rectangles” and NOW was the time!!

As usual, her rulers and instructions have everything that you need, including instructions for how to layer the fabrics when cutting…..

I struggled with this part….even with these great instructions!!

The first step was to decide on a finished rectangle size (2×4 in my case) and look at the ruler to determine the width of the strips needed…..

So…..5 inch strips!!

I layered them together……

First step was to even off one end…..

….and place the ruler even with the cut end…..

Make the cut…..

Flip the ruler around, lining it up with the special marking…..

Make another cut…..

Now to the machine…..

You line the triangles up in this manner…..

….and sew a 1/4-inch seam along the edge…..


Now it is time to trim them to size and, as usual, Deb has provided everything that you need!!

First step is to line the diagonal seam up with the ruler mark…..

….and trim two sides…..

Then you turn the block and align the outer edges with the finished size….AND trim….

The end result is TWO perfectly shaped Split Rectangle blocks….

And it was SO easy!!

Now that I have learned HOW to make them, I need to figure out HOW to use them in a quilt!!

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