Welcome to week 419 of the Free Motion Mavericks linking party. I hope that you are all enjoying what ever February is bringing 😊 We are expecting freezing rain this afternoon, so it's a perfect day for staying indoors and stitching!
HST and Hourglass blocks
I was so focused on making half square triangles (HST) that I was surprised that they didn't end up looking like hourglass blocks! Wow - I really do need to do more traditional piecing!😁 As always, Google to the rescue! I found Missouri Star's Hourglass Quilt Block video and was back in business (see Related links below).
|Round 3 - Hourglass block|
Since I needed to ensure that my centre block and first border didn't disappear after making the very colourful wonky star row in Round 2, I used more fabric from Round 1. It really does ground the quilt. At first, I only made one row of hourglass to make sure that I liked it. After I saw the results, I make more hourglass blocks and put the rest of the borders together.
|Round 3 - trying out the hourglass block on one side|
What I learned
- I've been very scattered lately. This is fine for mindful embroidery (which I've been doing tons of!) but not very good for piecing blocks.
- My second batch of hourglass blocks are not quite the same size as my first batch because I trimmed my HSTs and was wondering why they didn't look like hourglass blocks! I even cut through one HST thinking that I could turn it into an hourglass 😒. Turns out that really not how you make an hourglass block!!!
- Thank goodness for Missouri Star videos. Unfortunately she didn't address how to sew these blocks together! It was only as I was finishing up my last row that I figured out that if I had ironed each block in a different direction, that they would have nested up. I really fought with a few of those blocks to get them sewn up!
- Next week is supposed to be a quiet one, so I hope to take more time figuring out Round 4 and get this quilt squared up too!
- I just been reminded of something that I know but didn't think about when I was having a hard time fitting my hourglass blocks into the rows. In her Round 3 post, Quilting Gail suggested that if you're not sure if the blocks will fit, to add a blank block or two to make it fit. That's what I did in Round 2 - I wish I had remembered this option. I'm writing this down here so that I will remember it! Thanks Gail!
- Update: Feb 13 This weekend I was in a more focused and patient mood so I un-did my bottom row and put it back together again with new hourglass blocks. I also fixed my MacGyvered end blocks - it looks much better now. I'm going to post a picture on Instagram but you'll read all about it in my next post.
I'll be linking up to the SAHRR link up for this week with Chris! Sew & Tell, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday, Put your foot down, Patchwork and Quilts, Oh Scrap, 15 Minutes to Stitch 2023, Design Wall Monday,
Free Motion Mavericks
Did you get a chance to do some FMQ this week? I didn't, but if you did, I hope that you'll consider linking up! Last week Melva made a Colorado wall hanging. I love how she attached prairie points to make the mountains and then echoed them and added more mountains in the back. Very cool!
|Melva's Colorado wall hanging|
Sandra has been doing some great work for this year's Project Quilting. For the third challenge, she made a lovely baby quilt using the 54-40 or Fight block pattern. It was really interesting to read about what the block stood for and how the "54-40" line would have changed history had it gone ahead! As usual, Sandra did a wonderful job quilting it with flowers, leaves and loops!
|Sandra of mmm quilts and her Project Quilting 14.3 baby quilt|
Gail made a lovely batik basket for her “One Gift a Month” 2023 Challenge. Those Island Batik fabric are just so yummy!
|Gail's lovely batik basket|
It's now your turn to link up!