Hiya! Have you missed me? I’ve been in a real funk for the last few months and not coping well with things.
Between my father dying, working with my two sisters to sort out his terrible affairs and a misunderstanding with someone I love to the moon and back, it’s been, well, dark.
Sew, time to go to my “happy place”, my sewing room. I have a box full of 2 1/2 in squares. Sewing them mindlessly into pairs of light and dark is very therapeutic.
But then, what do you do with them A quilt of just light and dark squares doesn’t excite me very much.
I needed some half-square triangles that finished at either 4 1/2 or 2 1/2 inches. I have a box of 2 1/2 inch strips and decided to experiment by sewing a light and a dark strip together length-ways along both long edges then cutting the strip diagonally to form finished squares. It worked well enough but the finished squares were too big.
What I ended up doing is placing two 2/1/2 inch strips with right sides together and cutting matching triangles with my “Easy Angle Ruler”, then sewing them together along the diagonal seam. When opened out the square measures exactly 2 1/2 inches. I decided to do these in dark blue and light.Then I sewed 2 of these together to form a kind of flying goose. I made sure that each half was a different shade of blue. The diagonal seam was a bit touchy, but I found that if I didn’t trim off the points, and sewed slowly with a sharp needle in my machine it worked pretty well. I trimmed the points after this seam.
OK, now what. I sewed one of these onto opposite ends of a 4-patch. Not bad, I’m starting to like this.
Then, to finish the block, I sewed a dark 2 1/2 inch square to both ends of 2 other flying geese and sewed them along the 2 remaining long edges. I avoided using blue fabric for the corner blocks. Here are two sewn together.
These blocks finish at 8 inches, so I need at least 144 of them. I have about 40 done, and will spend more of this Easter weekend making more.
I drew the finished quilt out in EQ7 and this is how it will look when it’s finished.
What do you think? Would you like more details on cutting the triangles with the ruler?
I hope you have a Happy Easter.