Autumn Anita’s Arrowhead

The Anita’s Arrowhead block pattern is still available on their website.  I quilted some of these quilts for a local hospice some months ago.  I wanted to do a few small autumn projects, and this deceptively simple block was a perfect choice.

I’ll let you download the pattern from the source, but here are a few pictures of the process. Start by cutting two squares the required size and put them right sides together. I used a pretty leaf print and a marble for mine.

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You’ll mark 2 inches in on opposite edges to leave open, then sew the rest of that side and then turn and sew the other sides.

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Now, here comes the fun part, you are going to cut it up. It is easier than you think and makes a deceptively complex block. Start by cutting a diagonal through the corners that have been sewn through.

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Rotate the top triangle 180 degrees and place it on top of the other triangle. Your open areas should stack on top of one another.

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Now, make the other cuts as shown in the pattern.

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You end up with this –

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Which assembles into this –

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I sew my pieces in three sections, pressing the seams toward the print.

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If you are careful, you can chain piece, just do the layout trick after each set.

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Oh, no, this doesn’t look right!

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Not to worry, the last step is trimming off the excess.

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Now, that looks good!!

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Make several and place them with the lights and darks opposite, or touching each other. Here is a little table topper I made last year with four blocks.

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I’ll be finishing up the single block into a new mug rug for my chair side table. I need something more seasonal for that space to put my drink glass on while I am reading or watching TV (Football!!).  It fits perfectly into the little table top quilt frame I got from an online store though, so I guess I have to make another one.   I’d just like a little more time in the sewing and craft room!

 

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