Learn how to make a quilt block on point. There is a formula you can follow to make those quilt blocks “grow” in a setting that will make a larger quilt. It’s a great trick when you need a larger quilt, but are limited with the amount of blocks.
I’ve been working on some quilts and there is one that I decided that the blocks should be on point. After searching for a bit, I found the formula that works well and the blocks turn out great.
Why would you want to put quilt blocks on point?
The quickest answer for me is to make a larger quilt! Having those blocks pivot on point allows you a triangle shape sashing that enlarges the original quilt block.
These triangle sashings can be a great place for some fun and crazy quilt fabric, or maybe keep it a background color to calm the quilt down. It can also be a great place to showcase some beautiful machine or hand quilting.
No matter what size of quilt block you are starting, the formula works great. Plus, you will find a printable version in the Quilt Resource Library. (instructions at the end of the post)
Quilt Blocks – squared up and ready to go
Supplies you may need:
- Rotary cutter or a new sharp blade
- Cutting Mat
- Quilt Ruler
- Sewing Machine – this brother is my favorite!
- Iron – here or here
- Seam Ripper – not my favorite thing to do!
How to find the size of block you need for the on point setting
1- You’ll first need to know what your finished center block size will be.
2- Divide this number by 1.414
3- Add 0.875
4- Round up!! You can always trim up the square after this is added, so I suggest that you round up to give yourself some forgiveness later.
Doing this will allow you to get 2 triangles for each square you cut.
So, for EACH quilt block that you want to set on point – you’ll need to cut 2 squares,
5- Cut in half diagonally from corner to corner
ex: 20/1.414 + .0875 = 14.144 + 0.875 = 15.019, or about 15 1/8″.
Now round up to 15 3/4” or 16″
CUT two squares 16″. Cut two because you need four corners.
CUT each square in half on the diagonal.
Instructions / Setting quilt block on point
1- Pin triangle to one side – right sides facing
2- Stitch 1/4” seam allowance
3- Pin triangle to opposite side – right sides facing
*Notice that the points of the triangle extend past the quilt block
4- Stitch 1/4” seam allowance
5- Press and repeat for other two triangles
6- Square up if needed
Repeat with additional quilt blocks
When complete, you can now sew the blocks together
Side by side in a row – with the center block now on point.
Depending on how you want to finish your quilt, you can finish it off as is, or add a border, some corner blocks or quilt blocks.
You’ll find that the quilt blocks that are on point are much larger and in the end your quilt is larger! It’s a great trick when you need a quick quilt with not a whole lot of time.
The only thing that I have noticed that I struggle with is the amount of fabric that you need for those triangles. It can take a lot of fabric! A scrappy version is perfect for eating up your extra fabric….or using your favorite background fabric is a great trick too.
To make it kind of handy- I’ve uploaded a pdf with the instructions to the Quilt Resource Library.