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I am currently working on designing my guild's (Cheshire Quilters' Guild) 2018 BOM. The working title of the design is Starstruck. It is a large lap to short twin consisting of 20 different star blocks. The plan is to release 2 blocks per month - an easy and an intermediate to hard. Instructions will be given using standard piecing techniques plus Tuckerized instructions utilizing the marvelous tools from Studio 180 Designs. The instructions will be available for free for 2 months on my website, www.CatDenMountainQuilts.com, starting in December 2017. Videos showing how to make the blocks using the Studio 180 Designs tools will be available both on my website and YouTube channel. A sneak peek of the design will be shared in late November.
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On Sunday, September 11th, I had the privilege of teaching the VMQG how to use the Tucker Trimmer and Magic Wand to make 3" finished half-square triangle units. They are making a group quilt for Quiltcon that needs about 600 HSTs.
It was an absolute delight. The members were enthusiastic and friendly. One of the features of the meeting was the sharing blocks made the traditional way and again in a modern way. It was inspiring to see how the fabric selection can change the look of a block from traditional to modern. Such a little thing isn't so little after all.
I found a Bargello Quilt Along here: Elm Street Quilts so I gave it a try. I had just picked up the paisley fat quarter on Tuesday. This was a fun and easy project. I'll try a bigger project soon. In fact, I have a new pattern floating around in my head as I type.
This umbrella with rain drops is the perfect image for April. I am loving this mystery project form Quilt Art Designs.
As a treat to myself, I finished the march Mystery block from Quilt Art Designs. I love this image of spring.
If only life didn't get in the way. I owe you some more information on Half-Square Triangle units. There are a plethora of ways to make these units. Unfortunately, I have been distracted by other projects and have neglected this series. I will be back to it soon.
One of the big things I have been busy with is finalizing a new pattern called "Cathy's Stars", named for a former member of my local guild, Cheshire Quilters' Guild, in Keene, NH. In her final few days, Cathy organized the creation of over 60 kits, including backings, from her stash. She left these kits to the guild with instructions to make quilts to donate in her memory. A portion of the proceeds from this quilt will go to the General Fund of the guild. This will be a lasting legacy of Cathy's generosity and love of quilting.
I will unveil this pattern with a completed quilt to donate at the next guild meeting on March 9th. I have the blocks made but still have quite a bit of work to do including quilting before then. The pattern will be available for purchase here after the meeting - both in download and paper form.
This mystery BOM from Quilt Art Designs is so much fun. This month's block was no surprise. Because of the colors, it was easy to see that this month's was a heart. Isn't it pretty?
Through December, our area was warmer than usual. It was still cool enough that quilts were welcome but we had little snow and plenty of sun. That has changed in the last couple of weeks. The huge blizzard that moved up the East coast totally missed us. February has finally brought us some snow. We got 4" over the weekend and another 4-6" yesterday. It is a winter wonderland outside our windows with the snow sticking on the branches of the evergreens in our woods. this coming weekend will be the coldest yet this season with temperatures potentially going below zero. This is terrific weather for working on quilts.
I have started doing three free serial projects. One of them is the 365 Day Challenge. Out of Australia, The Ultimate Sampler is a tremendous undertaking. So far, each daily block has been 3" finished so there are some tiny pieces to deal with. For some fun and whimsy, I also am doing Happy Houses. The first
I thought it would be easy to tell what the block was going to be but I didn't figure it out until I had at least half of the paper piecing done. This very clever mystery quilt is hosted at http://quiltartdesigns.blogspot.com/p/mystery-blocks.html
Here is my rendition:
Sorry for the delay in posting the next part on HST units. Life has interfered with blogging.
So now for part 3 of half-square triangle units.
The method described in Part 2 can be extended to make multiple pairs of HST units from just 2 pieces of fabric. For example, let's say that we want to make 6 HST units that measure 3" finished or 3 pairs. That means we need 3 times the fabric as for 1 pair of HST. So figure the fabric for 1 pair. For 3" finished we would need squares that measure 4" = 3" finished + 1".
For 3 pairs, we would need 3 squares that measure 4" x 4". If we cut them as 1 piece of fabric, we will need rectangles of each fabric that measure 12" x 4" or (3 times 4") x 4". To sew the HST units, we need to draw some lines on the back of one of the rectangles. First, mark lines to split the fabric into three 4" x 4" squares. Now draw diagonals across each square. The trick to make the sewing easiest is to draw the lines so that you can simply turn the fabric to continue sewing along the diagonals rather than having to cut the thread.
Lay the rectangles so that the 12" side goes from side to side. The lines that split it into 4" x 4" squares will be vertical. Now draw the diagonals starting at the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the square on the left and the one on the right. In the middle square, draw the diagonal from bottom left to top right. The diagonals will form a zig-zag path across the rectangle. Start sewing at a corner, turn at each edge to follow the zig-zag. At the end of the zig-zag, turn and follow the zig-zag back along the path along the other side of the lines.
To separate your 6 HST units, carefully cut along ALL of the drawn lines. Then simply press and trim as has been described in Parts 1 and 2.
This method allows you to handle larger pieces of fabric and saves sewing time. The time to press and trim is essentially the same.
Now this isn't the end of methods for sewing HSTs. More will follow soon.