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Anita’s Arrowhead ~ A pictorial tutorial :)

I first knew this block as a 10 minute block… and only after investigation because it was so much fun I figured it must have a name… did I find it did!!!

 ~ Anita’s Arrowhead ~

I made this block from two 10″ blocks of contrasting colors as per these directions I was given…

and this picture of what I may do with them…

Well my designing brain got in gear and I made 8 of these fun blocks and learned lots about how to best construct it.. I want to share some of those tips with you!

So first let’s be clear.. unsure of when the idea of taking 2 larger squares.. sewing them together and cutting them back apart came to be.. but Anita Grossman Solomon I now know is the popular author of this block and has shown how to make it using 8 1/2″ blocks.. to maximize your fat quarter lots! 🙂

Anita Solomon has a Craftsy class HERE on making Traditional Block simpler… and has a blog called Make it Simpler where she talks about this block idea… and in 2010 she published this pattern for a throw sized quilt in Quiltmaker magazine…

Guess what??!!!  The PDF is currently FREE here >>>> ANITA’s ARROWHEAD FREE PDF

So download the PDF.. or follow along here… I am using 10″ blocks in this pictorial documentary… I plan to try two 6″ blocks for a label for this quilt though 😉

First start with your blocks…

  • Anita recommends cutting them right sides together as a matched pair and I encourage that if possible… 
  • Use best press or even spray starch to stabilize your fabrics for this block making.. I went heavy after the first one I made and they flew together much easier!
  • Do not use steam when pressing this block.. lots of bias is created once the block is cut 🙂

Sew around the edges 1/4″ leaving no opening…

I did not use matched pairing with my cuts so my squares were a tad wonky after being sewn you can see in the pic above…

Now slice diagonally once…

Take one of those newly created triangles and cut in equal incraments from the sewn edge…

Above you can see my cuts… from the raw edge of the sewn edged I measured in 3″ for my cuts…

Do this to BOTH triangles measuring from the sewn edge raw edge…

Now unsew one side of the corner block with 2 sewn edges.. leaving only 1 edge securely sewn.. the first couple I unsewed I had to restitch as well.. that is okay if you do… better to have a secure finish that a flimsy falling apart at the center though! 🙂

Now it is time to see this block lay out by ironing open all the pieces… BUT you used Best Press or Starch so you will want to press your seams right the first time! 🙂

Above, is how it will lay out once ironed… so start with ironing everything to the dark but the pieces that will go in the upper right and lower left position… they get ironed to the light instead…

Here is the back of it as it is coming together into a block…

Here is that same step from the front now… all that is left is to make the last 2 seams…

Carefully nest the seams you ironed when putting this block together and all your points will be present and accounted for!  Easy really 🙂

Above is another block at the same stage as the purple one was…

And here it is now all together and ready to be trimmed after a good press…

And as seen at the top of this post… here is the finished block trimmed to the closest smaller common measurement for all sides.. in my case 11 1/2″

And ta-da… took me about 20 minutes per block until I learned these tricks.. but it went so fun it made you wanna do another!!!!

Hope you enjoyed this pictorial documentary on this really fun block!

Now here are several together … as I am designing a baby quilt for my granddaughter 🙂

Until my next post ~

Weekend Forecast .. Beautiful and Quilty :)

Happy Friday all my bloggy friends!

I have had a very exciting and productive week.. let me share with you the center of my granddaughter Kaydence’s new quilt!

This block is called Anita’s Arrowhead… on November 1 I will publish a pictorial tutorial I have written for some fb friends… and will share with all via this blog.. so keep an eye out to see how fun and easy these really are to make!!!
I also got in the border fabric for this quilt and picked out an inner border color from my stash as well as binding fabric too!
The orange will make the perfect inner border fabric… to highlight all the orange in the owl border.. then the blue binding will be perfect to finish off this lovely Take 2 Blankie 🙂
I still have the center block to work on as you can see… the fabric just came in yesterday for that.  The fabric was a gift to the quilt from my best friend Connie 🙂   She also had donated the backing I will use on this quilt to me a while back so her generosity will be all over this quilt for sweet Kaydence >>>>
More to come on the center block in my next post… but I am also waiting on Kaydence’s mom to send me her handwriting of Kaydence’s name and birth statistics to add to the center block via hand embroidery 🙂  Yippee!
Hand quilting has brought me to a elementary school shirt and a part of some leggins we repurposed as background for this block…
Here you can check out my set up a bit… and see my initial stitching plan for this block… that changed a bit as needling through 4 layers of fabric and 1 layer of batting made for large stitches.. so there are now hearts on both sides of the years on each side of the bear in the center…
Here you can see that asterisk/star is changed to a heart 🙂  All things can be adjusted easily when hand sewing I think! lol
Then my honey thought the black background piece looked like a chalkboard and we should put some early elementary paper as it’s quilted background… after pondering this a while I loved the idea… and added Kimber’s daughters initials for just a sweet side effect to the lines… and to make up for the extra big stitches on the tshirt block itself! lol
So here is the beginning of that idea taking shape with needle and thread…
I can see my excitement build as I watch this block come to life… and as I see this quilt find it’s way to being complete too!
I love the quilting table my honey made me.. it came with a shelf on the bottom for me to store things in use and to rest my feet when arthritis is making them ache..
But I needed a place to hold my little quilting notions.. thread, scissors, thimbles… etc…
So Connie gifted me this cute Longaberger basket from her collection of baskets…
Look at it.. even comes with a little leather loop to hang it by.. so my honey added a cup hook to the right front leg of my table…
It even has room for my water spritzer to remove all the blue lines this quilt requires 🙂  PERFECT!!!
So I hope your forecast looks beautiful and quilty too.. if not try to interject some of that if possible!  My darling daughter is also on the mend for any inquiring minds 🙂  Thanks for your prayers!
Linking up this Whoop-able post to Sarah who is currently in CHINA!!!  HERE 🙂
Until my next post…