100 days – Week 6

Here are my latest leaves for the 100-days-project

If you are wondering what’s that all about – read my post here.

 

May is almost over. There were a lot of interesting things on the blog during this month:

The free Block of The Month 2021 has already 5 stars.

To avoid plastic I gave you a pattern for shopping bags.

I showed you how to trim half-square triangles

and as I really miss the buzz of quiltshows
I found a video about Quilt Week in Paducah and
I went back in time and celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles with a lot of quilts – all inspired by the number 40.

I hope you had as much fun and inspiration as I had.

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See you in June!

 

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties.

 

I am missing the Quiltshows

I am really missing the quiltshows! Although I like the online events and really loved some of them (thank you Modern Quilt Guild!), I miss the camaraderie, the exitement, the laughter, the friendship, the harmony, the emotions, the joy, the feeling of belonging together, ……… I could go on and on.

While browsing YouTube I found this great film made for the PBS Short Film Festival in 2020 about Quilt Week in Paducah and it brought all these feelings back to me. So much so that I was close to tears sometimes. It really shows very well what quilting is all about.

If you are missing all the great shows as well – here’s the video. Enjoy!

BOM 2021: Star #5

The last two stars of the BOM 2021 were fast and easy to sew. This one not so. This is partly due to its 57 pieces in a 10 x 10 inches (26 x 26 cm) block. Because of this many pieces you have to cut and sew really precisely to get a good result. But the resulting star is worth all the efforts.

Cutting
All the measurements include a ¼ inch (7,5 mm) seam allowance.

From the yellow fabric cut
3 squares 2½ x 2½ inches (7 x 7 cm)
2 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)
Cut all 5 squares diagonally.

From the blue fabric cut
3 squares 3⅛ x 3⅛ inches (8,5 x 8,5 cm)
2 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)
Cut these 5 squares diagonally.
Furthermore cut
2 squares 1⅝ x 1⅝ inches (4,5 x 4,5 cm)

From the orange fabric cut
4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm), cut diagonally
In addition cut
4 squares 1⅝ x 1⅝ inches (4,5 x 4,5 cm)

From the darkblue background fabric cut
2 squares 2½ x 2½ inches (7 x 7 cm)
4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)
Cut these 6 squares diagonally.
And cut
4 squares 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm)
8 squares 1⅝ x 1⅝ inches (4,5 x 4,5 cm)

Sewing
With all the triangles you have a lot of sewing on the bias. Be careful not to stretch the fabric. Press the units but be careful not to distort the fabric.

Join a small yellow and a small darkblue triangle along the long side. Make 4 units. Press. I personally cut off the dog ears.

Sew a small darkblue square to each unit. Refer to the picture for the right orientation. Press.

Join a small orange and a small darkblue triangle along the long side. Make 4 units. Press.

Sew a small darkblue square to each unit. Refer to the picture for the right orientation. Press.

Join a small orange and a small blue triangle along the long side. Make 2 units. Press.

Sew a blue square to each unit. Refer to the picture below for the right orientation.

Join a large yellow and a large darkblue triangle, exactely as shown in the picture below. Make 4 units. Press.

Join the yellow-darkblue triangle and a large blue triangle along the long side. Make 4 units. Press.

Join a small orange and a small blue triangle, exactely as shown in the picture below. Make 2 units. Press.

Join a large yellow triangle to the orange-blue triangle, exactely as shown in the picture below. Make 2 units. Press.

Sew together one of these triangles (orange-blue-yellow) with a large blue triangle, along the long side. Make 2 units. Press.

Now you have sewn all the necessay parts. Let’s put the block together. Lay out all the pieces as shown in the picture below. Lay them right beside your sewing machine so you can put them back when sewn as not to mix up the parts.

Sew together the 5 vertical rows. Be careful not to mix up the pieces and check with the picture above for the orientation of the pieces. It’s easy to make a mistake here (ask why I know).

I pressed the seam allowances between the different parts in one direction so that they will „nest“ together with the next row. As a reference for me the pin in each row indicates in which direction the seam allowances should be pressed.

This is your finished block.

Take 4 of the strips 11 x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm) that you cut from the background fabric previously (see introduction to the BOM here) and sew 2 of them to opposite sides of your block. They are a little bit too long – shorten them to the block size. Sew the 2 remaining strips to the other sides of the block and shorten if necessary. Finished!

I would love to see your finished star-blocks. Please post them in the comments at TheQuiltingSpace’s Facebook page, tag me on Instagram @thequiltingspace and/or use the hashtag #thequiltingspace.

See you in June for star #6.

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties.

 

Tutorial: Trimming half-square-triangle squares

After telling you to trim squares made out of half square triangles when publishing star #4 of the Block of the Month I got some enquiries how to do this the best/easiest way.

In a perfect world you would sew the two triangles together along their long sides, press them and voilà – you would have a perfect square in the perfect size. In real life you are sewing together two bias sides which will make for some stretching and/or shifting even if your cutting is absolutely precise. So especially when you have a lot of these pieces in your block it’s always a good idea to trim them all to the correct and same size.

Here is how I do it:

Sew your triangles along the long side to get a square. Press, pressing the seam allowance open or to one side as you prefer.

Put your ruler on the square.
The 45° line of your ruler should line up with your seam line.
Make sure that your square fits nicely or exceeds the final measurements of your square (don’t forget the seam allowance!). I stitched this square for this demonstration so I made it a bit larger to show the extra fabric beyond the ruler. My final square should be 5 x 5.
Remember: My square is stitched a little larger. Your square might fit exactely or you might have just a few threads exceeding your ruler.

Cut away the exceeding fabric on two sides.

Turn your square, align the ruler

and cut away the fabric on the other two sides.

And here is the perfect square.

I hope this will help you to always get perfect half-square-triangle squares. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.