Here’s a nifty tip we recently shared over on Instagram the other day. This tip comes in handy when making snowball blocks or flying geese units where the pattern calls for drawing a diagonal line on the WRONG side and then stitching on that line – when you flip this unit up it appears as a triangle in the corner of the block you have stitched it to. The problem I always had with this particular method was that when I stitched ‘directly’ on the line and then flipped the corner up, it never really matched perfectly – it was always a ‘hair’ short of matching the corner…that was until a student of mine shared this secret tip….
When adding a triangle to a corner of another block (commonly referred to as the “quick corner triangle piecing method”) – switch your machine’s presser foot to the “Edgestitch Foot”. (For Bernina gals – that would be the fabulous #10 foot.) Move your needle position one notch to the right. Now stitch directly on the diagonal line positioning the center guide on the edgestitch foot directly on the drawn line. Your stitching will be just a hair to the right of the line (or
as some say ‘just above the line’), but when you flip and press the
corner of the square up to make a triangle it will perfectly match the upper corner of the block.
Why you ask? Well, thread and the fold of the fabric take up precious space in your seam allowance, so when you stitch ‘directly’ on the drawn line, this prevents the corner from marching perfectly.
Additionally, many times you have to make several dozen (or in my case for a quilt I am now working on over 400 quick corner triangles :-0 egads! ), and no one wants to spend the afternoon drawing a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of 400 squares…So another tip. 🙂
By placing a piece of Washi Tape (or painter’s tape) along the center marking of your stitch plate, you can line up the top and bottom tips of the square with the edges of the tape and let that guide your stitching. With a few practice runs, you’ll find that stitching directly down the center of this square is eazy-peazy every time and with no markings!
Try it and let us know what you think!
Until your next colour fix~
Linda & Carl