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Cheater's Angle Block

The Cheater's Angle block is a great way to make a pillow or a fast and simple quilt. On our sample, a square piece of fabric was appliqued with a Satin stitch and embellished along the edge with a decorative stitch. If you have a Janome embroidery machine, you could also add a simple embroidery design in the centre of your square.

 

1.    Cut a 4 1/2" square from a piece of fabric.
       Note: 4 1/2" is the size of a square selected for our sample, however the Cheater's Angle Block will work with any size square you desire. 
 

2.    Select four fabrics that coordinate with your block and a fifth fabric for a sash.
 

3.    Cut one 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip from each of the four block fabrics.
       Note: The length of each strip needs to be 2" longer than the length of the centre block. 
 

4.    To frame the block, lay a strip along one side of the block, right sides together with the top and right edges even.
 

5.    Stitch the upper half of the seam with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving the lower half free.
 

6.    Press the seam allowance toward the strip.
 

7.    Turn the block one-quarter turn clockwise.
 

8.    Place another 21/2" x 6 1/2" strip along the edge, right sides together. Sew as before.
 

9.    Press the seam allowance toward the strip.
 

10.   Repeat for the third and fourth strip.
 

11.   Fold the first strip over the block and stitch the remainder of the strip.
 

12.   Position one long edge of a quilters square ruler on the raw edges of two seam lines of the block frame. Trim the block at an angle.
 

13.   Turn the block a quarter turn to the left and trim.
 

14.   Repeat and trim the remaining sides.
 

15.   To frame the block cut two 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips and two 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips.
 

16.   Set two strips to the sides and two strips to the top and bottom.
 

17.   Layer the block with batting and a backing fabric.
 

18.   Quilt with traditional quilt stitches or experiment with decorative stitches from your machine.