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Welcome March!

Welcome March!

Yay! March is here and soon it will be spring! Well in a couple of weeks at least. But it will be here nonetheless. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am looking forward to finally seeing some new green peeking out from all of the white of snow.

Isn’t that picture just gorgeous? It reminds me of the tulip farm I visited in Oregon a few years ago. I love tulips in all colors. I plan on planting bulbs this fall so I can have some next spring.

Speaking of gorgeous colors, the fabric I chose for the Union Square quilt-along is just perfectly spring-like.

Simply Happy Fat Quarter Bundle Dodi Lee Poulsen for Riley Blake Designs


Simply Happy Fat Quarter Bundle Dodi Lee Poulsen for Riley Blake Designs

Riley Blake’s Simply Happy has made me very happy. Dodi Lee Poulsen has captured the essence of spring with her simply drawn flowers (I say simply only because I can’t draw at all) and bright colors. The text printed fabric is full of happy thoughts and encouragement.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

Here are some photos of this wonderful fabric in use. I just love how it all works together. This quilt for the Union Square quilt-along is going to bright and cheerful. I can’t wait to see how all of the blocks will look when I’m done making them. I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and dies from the Mix and Match 8 inch Qube. For my thread of choice I am using Aurifil Thread white 2026 with matching bobbins of Wonderfil prewound bobbins.

Once I got all of the pieces cut for my first block, it was time to start putting it together. Ooooh, I am liking how that is coming together. One great thing about using my Accuquilt Go! Dies is there are no dog ears to deal with when making HST’s. That’s so nice.

 In these two pictures you can see I am using my wool ironing mat as well as a Tailor’s Clapper. If I actually sew my seams straight and on the quarter inch, I can get some pretty awesome points and flat seams when I preset the seams, finger press and then press those seams. The Tailor’s Clapper is an awesome tool in pulling out any heat remaining and making crisp seams.

 Now, since I don’t have a 5 ½ inch strip cutter I had to cut my 5 ½ inch squares with my faithful rotary cutter and 6 inch by 12 inch ruler. I love all of my rulers. And I don’t believe you can have too many!

There are a couple of different ways of making QST’s (Quarter Square Triangles). They can be a bit tricky and frustrating at first. So I suggest getting some scrap fabric and practice making these a few times before cutting and sewing and trimming on your good fabric.

As you can see from my pictures I first take a fabric pencil and draw an “X” on the wrong of one of the 5 ½ inch square piece, using my Fons and Porter Quarter Inch Seam ruler. Then I put my two pieces of fabric right side together and pick one line to sew against. I sew a quarter inch from the line on both sides of the line using my quarter inch sewing foot.

Once I have done that, I can now cut on the drawn line. Once I have cut it in half, I can cut on the other drawn line without fear of not being centered.

Now I can press my pieces open and sew them together making QST  blocks. Don’t forget to line up those seams! That’s very important.

Now here comes the real tricky part. Trimming the wonky QST block. If you know your unfinished block is going to be 4 ½ inches you need to know what the center of the block is. You can find it by dividing the block in half, 2 ¼ inches. I used my 6 inch square ruler for trimming purposes. Place your ruler so the 2 ¼ inch mark is in the center of block (See the picture). Don’t forget to line up the 45 degree line on the ruler on your diagonal seam. Now holding the ruler firmly in place and carefully trim top and right sides. Flip that block around. Place your ruler on the cut sides at the 4 ½ inch marks. Your 2 ¼ inch mark should be center, and now you can trim the other two sides. No more wonky QST!

Here is a great website showing you how to trim those QST’s. It helped me a lot. Now I am the queen of perfect QST’s! Okay, I’m not really… they just don’t come out so wonky any more. https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/quarter-square-triangle.html

Next week I will show you completed blocks for the Union Square Quilt-along that is going to be starting in a couple of weeks. Look for the links to join and make your own Union Square Quilt.

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Until next time – Spring is in the air!