This week has flown by so fast! Before I get to my TBT, just wanted to give a quick update on my Plus Quitl — This past weekend I bought backing fabric in a neutral grey/blue floral print and decided to make the back all one print. With three yards, I was able to make most of it from two panels. I added a little on top and bottom to get full coverage. After basting I found my matching threads and got started on the quilting! More to come on this…I hope to finish it in the next week or two to gift it for a birthday vs Christmas present.
I wanted to get started on my TBT last weekend too, but after glancing at the tutorial it seamed like a very easy block to work on over the week. My weekday sewing time is usually only 15-30 minutes… Monday I selected my fabric, Tuesday I cut and started piecing, and Wednesday I trimmed and pieced the final block. Penny Rose Fabrics went with a light and dark contrast for their Ohio Star tutorial. For my contrast, I went with another yellow and purple color scheme and was happy to use my Yellow Friends from Elea Lutz’s Milk, Sugar, & Flower Collection.
I had quite a bit of trouble trimming down the QST blocks. The Bloc_Loc ruler seems more geared to HST blocks since it has one seam to lock against. With QST, the diagonal seam is going in different directions. Because of this, I trimmed a couple of blocks a little too much on one side and some of the seams do not match up on the final block. I have plenty of this fabric, so this Ohio Star may be another that goes on the back of the quilt and I can make another.
Even with the mistakes, the colors and prints still make me smile 🙂
A little late in the day, but it’s still Thursday 😉
I almost missed making this block to share with you this week. Last week and through the weekend I had absolutely no sewing time! Much too long to go without sewing!! My husband and I are
redecorating finally decorating the master bedroom. Almost 3 years living in our home and we finally decided to get one room done. I do plan on posting about this because we’ve also moved my sewing space into the master bedroom…exciting stuff, but more on that later!
Last week, Penny Rose Fabrics posted a tutorial on the Hourglass block for Traditional Block Thursday. We’ve moved from a series of half square triangle blocks (HST) to quarter square triangles (QST). I found it interesting that you are still working with HST in order to get a QST. I continued using my Loc_Bloc for trimming; this little ruler definitely comes in handy! The challenges I found were matching my seams and had to use my seam ripper once to get a better match. For the fabric selection, I went with a green and yellow contrast. I just love the floral print by Rowan Fabrics and have been eager to use it.
Can’t wait to see what’s next!
I finally went fabric shopping last weekend and grabbed some new reproduction print fat quarters…along with some other cute prints for my stash that I couldn’t resist. My mom also had a wonderful surprise waiting for me when I visited her over the weekend. She found 5 mini bundles of reproduction prints that she had purchased 13 years ago from a quilt show and decided to give them to me for my Traditional Block Sampler project! Stashed away just waiting for that special project ❤ In addition to those, she gifted me a Penny Rose layer cake bundle of 30’s Minis by Erin Turner. — Thanks mom!
Now I have plenty of fabric to work with! I was 2 blocks behind but used this week to catch up; another tutorial just posted today too! I love how these blocks turned out and can’t wait to start the next one. I may go back and re-do my Churn Dash and Maple Leaf to give them more contrast and add the first set to the back of the quilt so it’s not a total waste.
Stay tuned next Thursday for Pinwheels!