We ALL have bunches of 2-1/2” strips, don’t we? Or scraps we can cut INTO 2-1/2” strips!
It was a great day to play in the fabric – to make some speedy 9-patches ((Is there anything better than chain sewing strip sets?)) and to learn how to save those bonus units in useable sizes when doing stitch-n-flip corners for our star points.
We messed with our seam allowances a bit.
If the seam is too wide, the 9-patch won’t come out at 6-1/2” square, so the rectangle we’ve cut for the background of the star points will be too long – and we just can’t go whacking things off. Measure measure measure your unit – not just the seam allowance! Measure the unit itself from side to side, top to bottom, and do what you have to do to get the unit size to come out right.
Remember, there is no such thing as squaring UP – there is ONLY Squaring DOWN! We don’t want to have to do that….fix the seam first!
Have you made a Sister's Choice Quilt? Click the free patterns tab at the top of the blog to find the pattern. And while you are at it, Click the Tips & Techniques tab and click on Bonus Triangle Bonanza to learn about saving those Bonus Triangles in the right sizes!
Do you love cute gadgets? I DO! Look at this sweet thing:
I spied a mouse next to this block!
A very CUTE mouse at that! What do you suppose he could be?
A rotary cutter swallower!!
There is no pattern that I know of. She said she’d had him for years – but I think one could easily be made – isn’t he cute?? Never misplace your rotary cutter again!
I also love learning what other quilters recommend ---These were the finest nicest patchwork pins I’ve ever tried. I’m putting some on order ---the last glass head pins I ordered had such a heavy shaft that it is a pain to pin with them. I want THIN!! Do you have a favorite pin you use?
It was a great day of fun with the Brazos Bluebonnets!
((This is Judy – an award winning art quilter --- and this was her first patchwork class ever!))
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|Sister's Choice, Bryan TX 2013|
Today we are relaxing ---I'm sewing blocks together into a quilt top! A very special soon to be announced quilt top! EXCITING!
I'm still thinking we are a go for Quilt-Cam at 9pm Eastern tomorrow ((Monday Oct 14th)) at 9pm EST. I should know more as tomorrow unfolds and I see how far I get on the order filling for Ring Around the Hexies!