Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jacque's 500th Post Giveaway

Yesterday was one of my best quilting buddies, Jacque's, birthday! She is also having a 500th post give away. Stop by and check it out!
She also has something for rug hookers if your not a quilter.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Another Half-Square Triangle Tip/Tutorial and an Antique Repro Mini

I made this mini from scraps leftover from this top.

I'm using some of my antique reproduction fabric. I love these fabrics.

I have a little trick I use whenever I make a block or piece that has corner triangles to trim away. These pics aren't great. I took them a while ago, but I hope you can see what I mean.

I am a big scrap saver and when I do this with the triangles they are ready to be sewn. It makes an instant Half Square Triangle. I don't have a bunch of triangles in my scraps that will likely never be used.

Okay so for the blocks in the quilt layout above you sew squares onto the top and bottom corner of your bigger square. What I do is mark my diagonal line on the small square then I measure 1/2 inch away from it and mark another diagonal line.

Then when I sew, I sew on the diagonal line and on the 2nd smaller diagonal line.

I cut down the middle (1/4 inch away from each sewn line).

Then you have a Half Square Triangle already to use as leader/ender projects or whatever you like. I made the mini for a fun and quick little project. I just know that I won't use my triangle scraps if I don't do this. This works good for Flying Geese too depending on the technique you use to make them.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Whirlygig Top Finished

I finished the top for the Whirlygig Quiltalong, or am I? I think I want to make it bigger. I'm mulling over a few different ideas. We'll see what happens.

I also am so thrilled that I won the give away that Cathy was having. The fabric is beautiful and I am just so excited. So in the spirit of giving and receiving I will have a give away soon. I will also be working on the tutorial for the bag. I just didn't get much done this weekend due to a nasty stomach bug. Hopefully that's over and we can move on. Yuck!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Whirlygig Quilt Along...

I got my fabric cut and a 4 blocks made for the Whirlygig Quilt Along that Cathy over at Quilting on Turtle Hill is hosting. Everything is going together much faster than I anticipated. I used some of my Arcadia layer cake that I have been saving. I think I'll use the rest for a stacked coins quilt or another whirlygig quilt but with a dark background since most of the layer cake pieces I have left are light. I think this will be lots of fun. If you want to join in the Flicker group is here.


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