Back in the early 80’s a little lady wrote a book “It’s ok to sit on my quilt” her name was Mary Ellen Hopkins. This book was ground breaking. She introduced the connector corner to the quilting world.
So what is a Connector Corner
You simply place a square of a different colour or value on the corner of a rectangle or another square and stitch diagonally down it and cut off the residual leaving a 1/4” seam allowance press the triangle open to make up the original rectangle or square.
The free pattern attached is based on the Eccentric Star Block, traditionally this is completed with Half Square Triangles and of course you can still use them but I wanted to make this block using striped fabric as the blades and I wanted the blades to be pieced as a whole so that the stripes all matched. To get them all going the right way without to much fuss I decided to make a rectangle block to start with instead of two squares.
The piecing is a little tricky to begin with but once you know the tricks it goes together beautifully.
Here are a couple of versions of the block with none directional fabric. The free pattern below uses stripes which work perfectly with this piecing method. Use a feature fabric for the centre square, you could even make it an I spy quilt for a child if you used different motives in the centre square and use stripes for the blade. The possibilities are endless, the quilt is made of 12” blocks which makes it really quick to make up, but I have always wanted to do a 6” version.