Hello Friends! It’s another exciting and busy start to a new week over here. First up, my Block #2 of Aurifil Designer of the Month Quilt-Along is done! Block #2 is designed by Kari Carr. Click here to find out more about Kari, and the block she designed, as well as for the instructions.
You have seen my Block #1, made with Windham Fabrics’ Blush & Blooms fabrics.
I am continuing to use the Blush & Blooms fabrics to make the rest of the blocks. So here my Block #2.
This block has many (like A LOT) of half-square-triangle units – a grand total of 40 that finish at 1 1/2″, and 1 at 6″. My favorite method of constructing HST units is to make them larger, and then trim them to their unfinished size. And I press open the seams to evenly distribute the bulk. So for the HST that finish at 1 1/2″, I cut my squares 3″ instead of 2 3/8″ (normally, 7/8″ is added to the desired size). I construct as usual, press the seams open, and trim the HST units to measure 2″ x 2″ raw edge to raw edge.
I also constructed the block in sections, based on its “natural fault lines” to minimize having to deal with long seams multiple times. I also piece my quilt tops that way – in sections – instead of row by row. I have used red lines to indicate the fault lines in Kari’s block (in my fabric choices):
Now, it is quite a feat (I think!) to fit 40 (1 1/2″ finished) HST into a 12″ finished block. When you make these small HST units, I have learned that it’s important to keep your 1/4″ seam even and regular throughout. After all, we have to somewhat match up all those points! And I have also learned piecing with fine threads helps with the accuracy. I have talked about my choice of Aurifil 50-wt for piecing here. If you are wondering how to quickly spot the 50-wt versus the others… 50-wt is always wound on an orange spool.
I had to borrow Miss Baby’s play table to take pictures of my block because my work desk is a total disaster at the moment (imagine that!). So, all the toys came to play too while I was taking the pictures…. you have GOT to love Playmobil! These cats (!) – they can’t resist playing with my threads!
When word got around, Miss Baby joined in the fun and added more props etc. You can see her hands for a sense of how tiny those kittens are.
And that concludes my report on the Aurifil Designer of the Month Block #2. Thank you again to Pat Sloan for hosting the fun! Have you joined in this Quilt-Along? If so, how are your blocks coming along?
Have a great week! Hugs to you all!!