Thursday, 18 January 2018

How I make No Mark Snowball Corners and No Mark Bonus Half Square Triangles

I don't want to have to go to the bother of marking a diagonal sew line on every background square of every snowball corner by either drawing or pressing the line because I just want to start sewing!  Also, if I'm going to end up with bonus half square triangles, I don't want to have to go to a lot of additional work for them either!

I started with 5 1/2 inch squares of the main fabric and twice as many 3 inch squares of background fabric.  (I had 35 5.5" squares and 70 3" squares.)

Tape a piece of painters tape, which will not leave any sticky stuff behind when you peel it off, to your sewing machine bed so the left edge of it leads directly to the needle of your sewing machine.  Next, leave a 1/2 inch gap and place another piece of tape to the left of your first piece of tape.  The second piece of tape will need to extend approximately an inch beyond the needle.

Lay the smaller background square of fabric RST in a corner of the main fabric square and then line up one point of the background square in front of the needle of the sewing machine with the diagonal point on the left-hand edge of the tape.

Sew keeping the diagonal point of the background square of fabric travelling along the left edge of the tape.

When you get to the other corner of your first square, line up your next square and keep chain piecing.

Once you have sewn on all the corner squares it is very easy to sew another parallel row of stitching.  Simply line up the beginning and ending points of your previous stitching line with the right side edge of the left hand tape.  This will give you a new stitching line 1/2 inch away.  I marked the fabric just to demonstrate where the new stitching line will go.

Continue to chain piece your blocks by lining up your previous stitching line with the block you just stitched and the right side edge of the left hand tape.

Once both diagonal corners of your blocks have two rows of stitching, it is a simple matter to cut between the two rows of stitching, press back the flippy corners to complete your blocks and press open the cut off triangles to reveal your bonus half square triangles.  Every block will give you two bonus half square triangles.  They can be used as is or trimmed to two inches square.

So, here is what I made with the 35 snowballed blocks:

And I used 64 of the 70 bonus half square triangles as star points:

I also decided to fool around with another arrangement of the blocks and ended up with three flowers using sashing and corner stones and two leaves using the blocks on point.  I can't decide if I like my fabric choices on this one or if they are downright hideous.  I like how it turned out so would be worth it to make it again using better fabric, although what I used is growing on me.  I also used my bonus half square triangles and made a bonus block:

Here are some blocks I previously made for table runners but which would also look really good as a baby quilt:

I put this together as I am giving a demo of the block at my quilt guild tonight.  I hope if people come look at this it is understandable!  I am also interested to see what my program partner does with her off cut triangles.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

My First Blog-Aversarie!

First of all, I can't believe it is my first anniversary of blogging which also means I have been retired for more than a year!!!

Overall I'm happy with the frequency that I blogged, which was not on a regular basis but instead was when I finished something or got to the next step on something.  However, I do appreciate and look forward to other people's blogs on a regular basis, so maybe I could try to blog on specific days.  Maybe I should start a "Touch Base Tuesday" post to show what I'm working on.  I also started a "Throw Back Thursday" post to show previous quilts I have made and I will continue with this now and again until I am up to date.  I do other crafts as well, mostly knitting, and I will post these items too.  How about in a "Switch It Up Sunday" post?  We shall see.

Here is a visual of the items I finished this year:

Two Pillow Cases
Two Comfort Quilts, both gifted
Heart Table Runner
Two Reversible X & O Table Runners, both gifted
(A third, mine, just needs quilting)
Cathedral Window Cushion Cover

Table Topper, there is a Shamrock on the flip side
Bird Beach Bag, gifted
Four Easter Pot Holders, gifted
Toile Baby Quilt, gifted
Mayflower Mystery Quilt
Cardinal Red Star Quilt

Anchors Aweigh Quilt, gifted
Storm at Sea Cushion Cover, made in collaboration with my daughter, gifted
Storm at Sea Wedding Quilt, made in collaboration with my daughter, gifted
Sew Together Bag # 1, gifted
Zen Wedding Quilt with Two matching Cushion Covers, gifted
Small Bag
Large Bag
Apron, gifted
Maple Leaf Cushion Cover
Two Baskets
Canada 150 wall hanging (I quilted, bound & labelled  it.)
Made for the Veterans Hospital by the Mayflower Quilters' Guild
Five Canadian Flag Cushion Covers, Four gifted
Sew Together Bag # 2, gifted
Wreath Wall Hanging
Candy Mug Rug
Three Santa Ornaments, gifted
Sew Together Bag # 3, gifted
Sew Together Bag # 4, gifted
Sixteen felt Llama Christmas Gift Tags / Ornaments, gifted
Irish Plaid Quilt, gifted
Lupine Wall Hanging, gifted
Tree Table Runner, gifted
Leaf Table Runner

Some plans for this coming year:

Last year I participated in the Fat quarter Shop 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along to benefit Make-A-Wish and kept up to date with all the blocks which just ended in December. Now I just need to put that quilt together:

I will keep working away on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery Quilt "on Ringo Lake" as well as the her 2017 Leader & Ender Challenge (You can see a few of the blocks in the picture of my Sew Together Bag # 1 above.):

I made this quilt top at a workshop in September and need to decide if I want to add some of the extra blocks to make it rectangular or just quilt it as is:

This year I plan to quilt along with a group on a Dear Jane quilt. We are meeting next week for the first time so details to follow.

Last year my daughter and I worked on the Storm at Sea quilt shown above for one of her school mates weddings and we will be working on another one this year for another friend.

I will also be working on a Wedding Quilt for my daughter and Son-in-Law to be.  I will have to ask them if they want to see progress reports of it or if they want it to be a surprise.....  If its a surprise you will have to wait until September to see it!

I would like to get a few more comfort quilts made this year.  I do have some in progress, just need to quilt them.

This summer I will get back to work on the Irish Chain Quilt I have been working on at the cottage:

I will also be working on the treadle machine Fish Quilt:

My hand stitching project, La Passacaglia is on the back burner as it was taking me a lot of time to prep the pieces for hand sewing so I never had any ready when I needed them.  I will revisit this project and see if I can change my process.

I also have a few UFO's that will all get finished when they are needed and of course every day I see tons of new things I want to make which is what keeps it so interesting!

Looking forward to another year in the sewing room!