If you want to practice your half-square triangles, use Ammie's version of the block. If you want to practice your flying geese blocks and learn a 'sew, trim, and flip' skill, then follow the tutorial below.
Either version will give you the same block pattern! Some people are more comfortable sewing half-square triangles, and some people like flying geese.
|Wheel of Chance |
Cut from background fabric:
Eight 3"x3" squares
One 8" square
Cut from main fabric
Four 3" x 5 1/2"" strips
Four 2 1/2 x 5 1/2" strips
Four 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square
Cut from contrast fabric OR main fabric
Diagonal Strip Sub-unit
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all the 3" x 3" background squares.
|Lay the 3" x 3" squares right sides together on top of the 3" x 5 1/2" strips as shown in the photo. All the diagonal lines should be going the same direction!|
|Sewn along the drawn line.|
|Trim 1/4" on the outside of the sewn line, throw away (or save for future project) the triangle with the X in the photo.|
|Press the triangle towards the light fabric.|
|On the back of these strips you should have one seam pressed towards the center of the sub-unit and one seam pressed towards the corner.|
Flying Geese Sub-unit
I used this method to make (4) Flying Geese sub-units from the 8" x 8" square of background fabric and the 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square of main fabric. (The measurements in the link are different than the ones here! But the method is the same.)
Another tutorial using the same method is found at Krista Quilts. Her tutorial explains the math and how to get the exact size you need. Don't worry, the math isn't hard!
Your flying geese sub-units should measure 5 1/2" x 3", which is the same size as your diagonal strip sub-unit.
|I stack all my diagonal strip sub-units and all my flying geese sub-units up so that I can chain sew them together. If I stack them exactly the way I am going to sew them, I usually manage to sew them in the right orientation!|
You can press the corner unit seams in whichever direction they want to fall. It doesn't matter because the next piece they will be sewn to is a strip without any seams.
Putting The Block Together
You don't have to lay everything out, but I tend to get interrupted (or listening to closely to my book on tape) and sew pieces in all screwy. Although I am really good a ripping out seams, I don't enjoy it all that much!
|All the corner units are sewn and pressed, and then laid out on my flannel board in the right orientation for sewing.|
|I flip the center column of pieces over the left column of pieces and strip piece them into three units.|
|Pressing correctly here makes a difference, press all the seams towards the strips.|
|Lay the final three units on top of the center column that you just sewed.|
|This photo shows how each of the seams in the columns are pressed towards the strips (in my block they are green). Pressing this way makes the seams nest nicely so it's easier to sew the final two seams and get crisp corners.|
|Press the final two seams in whatever direction you want.|
Please feel free to email me directly with any questions, or leave a comment and I'll answer it here.