Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello, September!

It's hard to believe that fall is upon us. Our final long weekend of summer has been a glorious one, with more sunshine and warmth than originally forecast. The subtle shift of seasons is already underway, even without the calendar telling us that a new month has begun.  I can feel it in the cooler air overnight and the shorter daylight hours.  This summer was so wonderful in terms of weather, that I don't want it to leave, but I do enjoy autumn as it's so full of colour and bounty (yes, I'm still canning... and will be as long as fresh local produce continues ;o).
Seems only fitting that I wrap up August will a warm, sweet finish.  Peachy oranges and delicious pinks are a colour combo I just can't seem to get enough of. 
Originally I thought 9 blocks would satisfy as a baby quilt, but somehow I couldn't leave it at that and made 3 final blocks.  Perhaps I simply couldn't resist making more HST blocks in yummy oranges and pinks. ;o)
Sherbet Pips Playdot in Vanilla had become a favourite background fabric. I've used it in my Cherry Blossom Baby Quilt and  in my Swoon Quilt (which is still waiting to be quilted).
I love how the colours glow in the morning light and can hardly wait to figure out the backing fabric, so I can begin quilting this little quilt.

Here's to a wonderful September, no matter whether you're welcoming Fall in the northern hemisphere or Spring in the southern. ;o)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tutorial: How to sew 8 HST units from 2 squares

Yesterday, I mentioned I have been making more HST for a baby quilt and I gave this link to the chart for making 8 HST units from two squares of fabric. Today, as I was sewing more of them, I thought I would walk you through the process with a step by step, photo tutorial. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Swirling Star Blocks

I'm squeezing in time to work on the baby quilt I started earlier this month, but I needed to make a few new half square triangles.  I needed a total of eight HSTs for each star block, so I made eight at a time using a square of background fabric and the same sized square of contrast fabric.  This method is so quick and easy!  You save time sewing only two seam lines (diagonally - to make an "X" - across those 2 squares which are placed right sides together) and then you can cut 8 finished HSTs from it.  Simple, right? All that's needed after that, is a bit of trimming and you end up with 8 sets of matching HSTs!
Trimming my newest HSTs to the finished size - each set of 8 started as 2 squares of fabric!
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