My Number One Fan reminded me yesterday that I haven’t posted this week. Sorry, Mom! I’ve been distracted from the blog with managing my quilting business and learning to be social. It’s hard!
I have kept up with my Long Time Gone, and I’m still on track to finish on time. This group was all about half square triangles. I confess – I used a quick piecing technique to piece 8 blocks at a time, rather than the two at a time technique given in the pattern. My Quilter’s Planner has a conversion chart in the back – it’s so handy. I’ll be using it for next week, too, which involves a lot of flying geese blocks.
Week 10: Half Square Triangle 1
Week 11: Half Square Triangle 2
Week 12: Half Square Triangle 3
And, because I was a little overwhelmed by having all of the blocks in a pile, I put together section 3 of the quilt, since I don’t have all of the pieces for sections 1 or 2. I decided to use a solid white as both sashing and the light color in the checkerboards. I’m trying to give the eye a place to rest a bit on this very busy quilt.
Piecing all of the little checkerboards was pretty time consuming. Someone on Instagram, I can’t remember who, suggested doing a leader/ender technique for these squares, which is a fantastic idea. I wish I had seen it before starting. Cut a lot of the squares for the checkerboards, and leave them next to your sewing machine. As you work on projects, grab a pair of squares and stitch them together. Since I’m a little uptight about wasting thread and making a mess, I try to always be chain piecing. I hate pulling a piece off of the machine and leaving a 2-3″ tail of thread that just goes in the trash. By using a leader/ender I never have those long tails to cut off, and I’m working on a long-term project a bit at a time. When I’m ready to put these checkerboard bits together, I already have a bunch of the work done.