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Rambler

Waste Triangle Project
Copyright 2005 by Pat Speth, author of Nickel Quilts and More Nickel Quilts

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This project is a great way to make use of the waste triangles created while making certain quilts in the book Nickel Quilts or from other projects. For lecture and workshop information, email Pat Speth at Pat@PatSpeth.com

Project Information

  • Block Size: 7" (if you trim the waste triangles to 1 ¾") See step 1 before trimming.
  • Quilt Size: 40 ½" x 49 "
  • Block Set: 4" x 5"
  • Number of Blocks: 20
  • Half Square Triangles needed for project: 400
  • Half Square Triangles needed for each block: 20

Additional Materials Required

Background fabric (light): 5/8 yd.
Corner Triangles, Outer Border, and Binding: 1 1/4 yds.
Sashing fabric: 1/2 yd.
Inner Border: 1/4 yd.
Backing fabric: 2 yds.

Cutting

 

First Cut
Second Cut

Number
of strips

Strip
Width

Number
of Pieces

Piece Size

Background

3

4 7/8"

20

4 7/8" x 4 7/8"

Corner triangles

3

2 3/4"

40

2 3/4" x 2 3/4"

Sashing

4

2"

 

 

 

3

2"

15

2" x 7 1/2"

Inner order

4

1 1/2"

 

 

Outer order

5

3 1/4"

 

 

Binding

5

2 1/2"

 

 

Assembling the Block

The Rambler block is made up of 4 Flying Geese Units.

Each Flying Geese Unit is made up of 2 Waste Half-Square-Triangles.

  1. Select either a matching pair of Waste Half Square Triangle Units or 2 singles, whatever you have on hand. Press one to the dark and the other to the light before trimming up to 1 ¾” square.

  1. Sew the 2 Waste Half Square Triangle Units into Flying Geese Units. Make 10 for each block.

  1. Sew 2 Flying Geese units together.
Unit A: Make 4 for each block.
Unit B: Make 1 for each block.
  1. Sew 2 unit A's to a unit B.
Make 1 for each block.
  1. Cut corner triangles from the 2 3/4" squares.
  1. Add corner triangles to the units from step 4.
  1. Cut side triangles from the background (light) 4 7/8" squares.

  1. Sew the side triangles of background fabric to the remaining unit A's from step 3.
  1. Sew corner triangles to the units from step 8.
  1. Sew the units from steps 6 and 9 together.
  1. Trim block to 7 1/2" leaving 1/4" seam allowance from points.

Assembling the Quilt Top

1. Arrange the blocks and the 2" x 7 1/2" sashing strips into horizontal rows. Sew the blocks and sashing strips together in each row and press the seams toward the sashing strips.

2. Using the remaining 2" x 40" sashing strips mark on the wrong side with a pencil the increments to line the sashing strips up with the blocks.

3. Sew the block rows and the long sashing strips together matching the marks on the sashing strips to the seams in the block rows.

4. Add borders, layer the quilt top with batting and backing. Hand or machine quilt, bind the edges, add a label and enjoy.

Quilt Plan

Copyright 2005 Pat Speth, Author of Nickel Quilts

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