I couldn't resist jumping ahead, and did the middle
block of the Modern Tradition Quilts Charm
Square Quilt Along 2015. It's my favorite!
I kept in the spirit of the tutorials, and
finished the other 2 blocks provided.
The yellow electrifies the prints, and gives
these blocks a very tropical feeling.
I keep referring to this mentally as
the Casablanca quilt.
I'm not a total newbie to HST, but not an expert by
any means either. Shannon's tips in her tutorials
are good, and here's a few things I've picked up
both in them, and while sewing.
*If two points aren't quite perfect, pressing can
make or break them. Try pressing one way or
the other to see if it's any better.
Sometimes open is best.
*Spray starch is your BFF--Best Friend Forever!
It makes lining up blocks SO much easier.
I broke down to try it on my last of these blocks.
Just So You Know
I squared and trimmed my charm squares ahead of time.
My solid was cut to 4 7/8", and I made my HST with it.
I then retrimmed with a small square, lining up the
seam on my 45 degree diagonals.
*To maintain crisp points, I spent a fair amount of time
checking my intended seam by running a straight
pin through both intended seam placements where
each point met with another.
Tedious, but accurate.
See the Modern Tradition tutorials for pictures.
*I also used my ripper a lot in my first few blocks,
but soon got a feel for where I might run into
problems. I used great caution at those
points from then on.
The Pet Project Show #11 has been ongoing this
past weekend, and has had so many neat link ups.
You can still link up through midnight Monday
every week. If you've spent time clicking through the
picture links, you know that occasionally it turns
into a real bunny trail. One link leads you to the
next, and so one.
Lisa in Port Hope posted this gorgeous mini
quilt she made for a swap. I was eyeing
her points, and then I saw the next pictures.
Made by Lisa in Port Hope
Her print choices give these blocks almost a 3D textured
quality. I've seen the blocks before, but this made my
mouth water for two reasons. One is obvious, they're
drop-dead gorgeous, but the other is that this is
actually a modified cross block, no less the the
one I was using for my father's Modern and Manly
quilt just last week. The change is in the
dimensions, and the corner block.
I Needed to make it so I launched into--
Made by Lisa in Port Hope
Guilt Quilting: Starting a new project on a whim when
you already are in way over your head, and yet you
continue with wild abandon and glee.
I'd just spent hours sorting scraps, but had
to grap strips from my stash like Lisa suggests
in the tutorial she links to at Bad Skirt Blog.
Mine are test blocks, and I see a few things to correct
next time around. They're mistakes worth sharing here.
*First, I didn't realize how obvious it would look
if my dots weren't truly lined up. It makes the
cross look spirally.
*Second, I am always under-gauging a 1/4" seam.
My white to orange connectors are a little longer
than they should be. I didn't trim them off. Then
when I sewed them to the horizontal orange
strip, there was too much fabric in my seam
causing the bunching. It appears as puckering
on the topside and in the picture.
What have you got lined up for the week?
Hopefully something to stretch your skills,
or make you content. Something green
perhaps for St. Patty's Day?
I'm finishing up my project for the
Tree Bird Blog Hop. Start here for today's
list of bloggers. I'm on Friday's line up.
Come on, Doxie Girls.