Lucinda is on the quilt frame, but I'm upstairs sewing away at my block for the quilt for IQ friend with breast cancer. I'm using the colors found in a swatch of fabric called Peony Tales by South Sea Imports.
First I cut 2 1/2" blocks of a background fabric. Mine is white. Then I cut 2 1/2" squares of each of my overlay fabrics, fold them in half to make triangles, and press (as above).
I place one triangle of the colored fabric over the background fabric square and pin.
Then I do the same thing with the next colored triangle. Now I have two colors overlaying the background fabric square.
The triangles need to be stabilized in their positions, so next I sew around the BACKGROUND square about 1/8" in from the edge.
Now I can start arranging the squares into blocks of four.
I decide how I want the blocks of four to interact with the other blocks of four.
When I am satisfied with my arrangement, I sew individual blocks of four together. Then I sew those blocks to the other blocks. I chose to use a square of the inspiration fabric in the middle.
Now the fun part: I turn back the folded edge of each triangle and stitch along the edge, creating a curved space through which I can see my background fabric. A lovely pattern arises, looking very much like a scrappy orange peel block.
Now that I've gotten this block well underway, I will descend to my lurkim and give Lucinda my undivided attention for the next four hours.