Sidekick and High/Low are two units that can give a terrific spiky look to your blocks and borders. They can add lots of interest to traditional quilts, but also have great appeal to the contemporary quilter because of the dramatic angles and asymmetry. In this Technique Sheet, learn how to use your V Block tool to quickly create and trim these fun and versatile units. Online video available (see below, also on YouTube).
This tool is a must have if you like making quilts with these tall star point units. Sometimes known as “Peaky and Spike”, a nickname attached to the unit about 20 years ago by a famous quilter, Doreen Speckman, this particular shape has perplexed quilters forever. With Deb’s tool, which you can see used on our free online video demonstration (see below, also on YouTube), you’ll be cutting the center and side triangles slightly over sized and then with the same tool trimming the sewn piece to an extremely precise unit with seams perfectly placed for crisp, sharp points at every intersection. So think about adding this magnificent new tool to your toolbox, you’ll be glad you did.
The unique asymmetrical design of Aurora will remind you of the Northern Lights and their undulating colors that dance across the sky. Two simple units create the Aurora design, and when you cut the centers for the Corner Beam units, the cutaways are used to create the side triangles of the V Block units. There are some cutaways left over, so a fun and easy bonus pattern called Twilight is also included in the pattern. It’s a great way to use up those extra pieces and have a fun bonus project to show for it!
Designed by the Running with Scissors Quilters.
A mandala in it’s simplest form is a square composition containing four circles around a center point. In this unique design created by the Running with Scissors Quilters, half square triangles and V Block units are combined in harmony to make your very own Mandala.
Victorious is a beautiful, traditional quilt that uses the V Block units to create stars with the added interest of the diagonal chains of small squares tying the stars together. The V Block units are also used to construct the diamond pieced border, providing a very different look from the stars in the center. Square Squared units are used to create the four corner blocks in the border. A difficult looking but easy to piece project.