After my previous lack of success with the blocks for Dragon’s quilt, I thought I’d start on the other block colourway before I cut any edges off the first lot.
As I did it, I wondered how people used to make accurate quilts when they didn’t have access to terribly accurate rulers or (Heaven forfend) rotary cutters. I ended up putting the next block together in a slightly different way as an experiment, sewing the triangles on before doing the corner squares.
Lo and behold…
…practically perfect blocks (or good enough for me)!
I’ve decided to develop a new personal rule about piecing, which is a bit like the rule of mathematical priority (which apparently is more properly, but less poetically called the order of operations). Basically it goes thusly:
Middle (start at the centre of the block)
Half (if the block is symmetrical, sew each half together and then join the complete halves)
Sharp (acute angles get done first)
I have no idea if it’s a universal rule, so let me know if works for you.