The WWQP How-To's

 Settings for Quilt Blocks

Types of Settings

 Straight Set

In a straight quilt setting, the pieced quilt blocks are placed right next to each other in rows and columns.

When quilt blocks are placed together in a straight setting, an overall pattern will appear. By altering two, or more, different block patterns in a straight setting, the quilter can create an endless number of new and different overall patterns.

 Straight Set with Alternating Plain Squares

In this quilt block setting, the pieced blocks are alternated with plain blocks of fabric. While the illustrations show the plain blocks in a solid fabric, many interesting effects can be created by using patterned fabrics for the non-pieced blocks.

Note: This setting gives the quilter a chance to show off her/his exquisite hand or machine quilting.

 Straight Set with Sashing

In this setting, the quilt blocks are separated by strips of fabric called sashing. The sashing can act as a frame for the quilt blocks, or the sashing itself can be pieced and used as part of the quilt design. Sashing can range very simple to very complex and opens a new world of design possibilities for the quilter.
The simple addition of a square at the junction of the sashing and a small amount of piecing in the strips can really add interest to a simple quilt block. For the more adventerious quilter, the Garden Path sashing pattern can make a beautiful garden quilt.

 Diagonal Set

A diagonal setting is created when the quilt blocks are rotated 45° and set with corner and side triangles to keep the quilt squared. Also called an "on point" setting, a diagonal setting can have the quilt blocks set next to each other as in the straight set, or can have alternating plain blocks.

Calculating Partial Fill-in Blocks

Corner Triangles
Take the finished block sized and divide by 1.414
Note: Round up to the nearest dimension on the ruler.
Add 7/8" to that number
Cut two square the size determined above. Cut each square in half diagonally for the four corner triangles.

Finished block size = 12"
12 / 1.414 = 8.486 (Round to 8.5 = 8-1/2")
8-1/2" + 7/8" = 9-3/8" squares to cut for Corner Triangles

Finished block size = 6"
6 / 1.414 = 4.243 (Round to 4.25 = 4-1/4")
4-1/4" + 7/8" = 5-1/8" squares to cut for Corner Triangles

Side Triangles
Take the finished block size and multiply by 1.414
Note: Round up to the nearest dimension on the ruler.
Add 1-1/4" to that number
This is the size that to cut squares for the side triangles. Cut this square in half diagonally twice to produce four Side Triangles.
Cut one square for every four side trinagles needed for the quilt setting.

Finished block size = 12"
12 x 1.414 = 16.96 (Round to 17 = 17")
17" + 1-1/4" = 18-1/4" squares to cut for Side Triangles

Finished block size = 6"
12 x 1.414 = 8.48 (Round to 8.5 = 8-1/2")
8-1/2" + 1-1/4" = 9-3/4" squares to cut for Side Triangles

 Diagonal Set with Sashing


WWQP Quilt Coloring Book

Borders & Sashings


Odd Block Settings


The ideas presented here are merely a small sample of the many possibilities available to the quilter. Please See the books listed below for more ideas.

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