I did not invent this technique, but ran across it during one of my routine internet searches looking for different ways to make traditional blocks. There is a tutorial on a website titled http://www.squashhousequilts.com for how to make a LaMoyne Star without Y-seams. You can visit that site to see where she found this block technique.
I decided to give it a try and was very happy with the result:
So happy in fact, that I decided to make a small quilt top incorporating a secondary block that resulted from the special cutting technique used; putting my spin on it of course.
I purchased the fabric in this top about 2 or 3 years ago when I went on a Bus Shop Hop sponsored by a quilt shop. I love the paisley print using gray, red, and black so I purchased complimentary fabric from the same line knowing some day I would use it :). I will probably add one more border (maybe two), but for now I’m just letting it sit on my design wall while I think about it.
I’ve written a tutorial on how to make this quilt top and will post it on my tutorial page shortly. In its current state, the top finished at 42 1/2″ x 42 1/2″, a great size for a baby quilt. Each block finished at 12 3/4″ x 12 3/4″, so using big blocks like this makes the quilt come together pretty quickly.