|How Thangles Simplify Block Construction
Thangles simplify block construction because you eliminate calculating and cutting steps. Let's see how
by making a shoofly block. The shoofly block is a mixture of half square triangles and squares.
We are going to make a 6" finished block. The shoofly is a 3 x 3 unit block. It is made with two colors of
fabric and it has a total of 9 pieces. You need 4 half square triangles, 1 dark square and 4 light squares.
1. Your calculating is easy. All you do is cut a strip that is 1/2" larger than the finished size. The
finished size is 2". You cut a dark and a light strip that are 2 1/2" wide.
2. Use the two strips and 2" Thangles to make 4 half square triangles. The Thangles are 2 1/2" square
when they are made. They match the strips.
3. Go back to your strips and cut 1 dark square and 4 light squares. These squares are the same size as
the Thangles pieces
4. Layout the shoofly block and sew! The unfinished block will be 6 1/2". When it is sewn into the quilt
and the quilt is finished, it will be 6" square. (You use a 1/4" seam allowance for all your seams.)