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Card Tricks

The Card Tricks block is set on a 3 by 3 square grid and has half, tri and quarter square triangle units.While I make every effort to be sure of accuracy, I am unable to test every variation. Before you cut up large amounts of fabric, cut and sew a test block or two. If you find any errors, please email me at "jeannethro2 at yahoo dot com".

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Finished Size:
6 inches square
Card Tricks block

Fabrics

Fabric 1 Fabric 1:
Cut 2 squares 2-7/8 inches and cut 1 square 3-1/4 inches.
Fabric 2 Fabric 2:
Cut 2 squares 2-7/8 inches and cut 2 square 3-1/4 inches.
Fabric 3 Fabric 3:
Cut 2 squares 2-7/8 inches and cut 2 square 3-1/4 inches.

Instructions

Half Square Triangle

Half Square Triangle instructions

  1. Match Fabric 1 smaller square with a Fabric 2 smaller square right sides together.
  2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on wrong side of lighter fabric.
  3. Sew 1/4 inch seam on both side of diagonal line.
  4. Cut units apart on drawn diagonal line.
  5. Press seam to one side.
  6. Repeat with a Fabric 1 and Fabric 3 smaller squares.
Make 2 of each fabric combinations.
Tri Square Triangle

Tri Square Triangle instructions

  1. Cut 1 of the larger squares of each fabric in half diagonally and then in quarters diagonally.
  2. Cut remaining small square in half diagonally.
  3. Sew 2 each of Fabric 2 and 3 small triangles to short side of Fabric 1 small triangle with Fabric 1 on left side and other fabric on right side and using a ¼ inch seam.
  4. Press seams to one side.
  5. Sew Fabric 2 large triangle to Fabric 1 and 3 pair and Fabric 3 large triangle to Fabric 1 and 2 pair using a ¼ inch seam on long side of large triangle.
  6. Press seams to one side.
Quarter Square Triangle

Quarter Square Triangle instructions

  1. Match a Fabric 2 and 3 large square right sides together.
  2. Draw a diagonal line on lighter of fabrics.
  3. Sew ¼ inch on both sides of drawn line.
  4. Cut apart on drawn line.
  5. Press seams toward darker fabric.
  6. Match half square triangle units right sides together with opposite fabrics on top of each other.
  7. Draw a diagonal line on one side crossing previously sewing.
  8. Sew ¼ inch on both sides of drawn line.
  9. Cut apart on drawn line.
  10. Press seams to one side.

Quilt Sandwich instructions

  • Place pressed backing right side down on a flat surface large enough to lay flat; tape in place at sides, then corners.
  • Lay batting on top of backing and smooth wrinkles; tape in place at sides, then corners. (If using slippery batting, spray baste to baking and top.)
  • Put pressed quilt on top right side up.
  • Smooth borders and blocks square, pushing excess toward middle. Quilting will take up slack and quilt will hang better.
  • Pin baste 3 to 4 inches apart in quarters down length and width. Finish pin basting each quarter 3 to 4 inches apart.

Binding instructions

  • If the number of binding strips are greater than 1, sew strips together by laying ends right sides together forming an L.
  • Sew on diagonal where fabrics cross from upper left to lower right.
  • Trim excess to ¼ inch.
  • Repeat to make a continuous strip; press seams open.
  • Fold and press strip lengthwise in half wrong sides together.
  • Leaving a 5 inch tail, sew binding to quilt top matching raw edges with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Stop ¼ inch before corner with needle down.
  • Pivot work as if to sew next side and reverse sew off quilt top.
  • Fold binding back, creating a 45 degree fold, then fold forward matching fold to previously sewn side.
  • Continue sewing binding, and repeat above for each corner.
  • Stop sewing approximately 5 inches from beginning.
  • Unfold and overlap ends.
  • Cut at an approximate 45 degree angle somewhere where both ends overlap.
  • Match ends wrong sides together, leaving equal dog ears.
  • Sew together with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Refold binding and finish sewing to quilt.
  • Fold binding to back and handstitch to finish using a blind stitch.

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