The Nov/Dec ’10 issue of Quiltmaker features a clever technique from Anita Grossman Solomon in a block called Anita’s Arrowhead. Our staff was eager to try it out. Each staff member chose Christmas fabrics from one manufacturer to make a unique version of Anita’s Arrowhead. All the quilts contain 42 blocks and measure about 51″ x 60″. Below, Eileen Fowler shares some thoughts about her Arrowhead project.
My “cool” selection from Hoffman California Fabrics are more winter than Christmas, but there are some Christmas trees and poinsettias among the prints. A few frosty white and silver fabrics are thrown in for additional chilly contrast.
After Anita presented the technique to the QM staff, I grabbed her instructions and ran home to make a test block.
First step: a pair of rough-cut squares. Check. Then I see this notation: “If the rough-cut squares are of previously starched yardage, they must be restarched.” I don’t starch. Luckily, I married a guy who irons his own shirts and uses — starch! Squares are now starched and pressed together.
Next: trim the two squares. Check. (Gee, that would be a whole lot easier with my rotating mat.)
Sew the first two seams and make the three cuts. Check. (That would also be a whole lot easier with my rotating mat.)
“. . . press the seams open.” I have always pressed the seams to one side. Okay, maybe for this block. (Should I mention how nice and flat the block is with the seams open and how easy it is to press them open after starching the fabric?)
Sew sections together. Check. Last step: Trim the block.
(Where is my rotating mat?)
Test block done!
Here are my tips for making Anita’s Arrowhead blocks:
1. Starch the squares before the first trim. I was amazed at how much easier the construction was.
2. It’s okay to press seams open. Use pins for matching the seams.
3. A rotating mat is a useful tool for this block.
Pick up Quiltmaker’s November/December ’10 issue for the complete instructions.