This block (Three Becomes One) was probably the first truly “Improv” block I taught – and it is still a favourite

Sorry for the small images – I had these prepared, they vanished, I swore, these will Just Have To Do…
Start with three squares of nice cotton quilting fabrics. You really need some contrast here, please..

Layer all three on your mat Right Sides UP, and make two cuts with a ruler, a little wonky…

Arrange the pieces to make three blocks, like so. Keep everything the Right Way Up and the Right Way Round…

Sew the bits back together, 1/4 inch seams are good. Press the seams to one side towards the darker fabrics…

Layer, turn, cut again

Arrange again, and sew again
You may need to press an odd seam in the Other Direction here

Trim, as you know, this is my favourite technique for good blocks..

I started with 8-inch squares, and got 6-1/2 inch blocks when trimmed (6 inches finished) – if yours come out a bit small, trim smaller or cut bigger to start with. Try a sample… If much bigger, your seam allowances are meeeean…

If you cut parallel to the sides of your original square, you get eccentric 9-patches like this

Make lots more…

And here’s one I made with sashings and cornerstones, rather smaller blocks. Spirally quilting contrasts nicely with all those straight lines…

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