I was admiring all the gorgeous stuff on Bonnie Hunter's site when I came across a wonderful quilt called 'Tulip Fields'. She was teaching it as a class, and while it may be in her new book (my copy is on order!) I just couldn't resist having a go.
Here is the basic block. Made fabric square cut in half, a light square and a half square triangle cut in half. Easy! Well, it obviously was for Bonie, and the ladies who had the benefit of Bonnie's brainpower and instructions, but I struggled! I decided to make the made square 5" (to make a 4" finished block. That would make the light square 2" finished and the tulip petals a 2 7/8" pair of squares.
Whoops! what has gone wrong here? After quite a bit of cutting, sewing, recutting and resewing, I gave up.
But only for a few hours. I knew I would see Jane from Sew Create It today, and was sure she would be able to work it out. She's a mathematical whizz (and a whizz in other departments too!) and she quilckly worked out my error. The half square triangle was the correct size, but not if I was cutting it in half! I needed to add seam allowance. Doh! The half square triangle should be made from 3 1/8 squares, to give the necessary seam allowance.
There we are! A lovely block, thanks to a little help from a friend!