This past week I worked on a pattern that I had designed over the summer. It is a complicated block that I will share with you in more depth at a later date. The center of the quilt square is a basic square in a square that can be worked two different ways. I didn’t know which would be easier, faster and produce less waste, so I worked them both up and timed how long it took to make both. Here is what I found out.
I cut out all my pieces, for both blocks, before I set the timer and as you can see Method “A” already looks like there is less waste.
Method “A”: “AKA” The old fashioned way. (without the scissors)
Once I had two triangles sewn, one on each side, I pressed the piece open with the seam allowances toward the black outer triangles. Then I sewed the outer two triangles in place, matching the tips of them with the marked center line.
OK, block “A” is complete and it took me 8 minutes, including the time it took me to snap photo’s. Now onto block “B”.
Method “B”: ‘AKA’ the Eleanor Burns way.
Both blocks took exactly 8 minutes. Like I said above, most of that time was snapping photo’s. I can’t see how the Eleanor Burns method (B) was any faster and it certainly used more fabric. Not a big deal on one block, but if I was making a queen or king size quilt, that would be a significant amount of money being thrown into the trash bin. I love the work that Eleanor has done and the way she inspires quilters but, for me, this is clearly not a better method.
Since they both took the same amount of time and method “A” used less fabric, that is the one I am going to be using for my future projects.
Do you have a favorite way to make the square in a square block? Feel free to share, add some links too, if you would like. I would love to hear about your experiences.