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Making chicken salad…

… out of chicken scraps. Long ago and far away, my friend Rita F. gave me a baggie full of half-square triangles abandoned by other quilters. I used them, adding some of my own, to make a small top for a donation quilt.

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I was just going to sandwich this so I could practice some ruler work with my new foot and ruler; however, I thought it was awfully dull and searched through my stash. I found this piece which was going to be used for clothing–that never happened but it makes a pretty cool border.

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Stay tuned for part 2, quilting Chicken Salad. Till next time…

Quilts for Pulse

As quilters, we are often asked to make blocks and/or quilts for special causes. Here are two urgent requests. Perhaps you and your guilty friends can help!

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is collecting quilts and blocks for the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12. They are asking for 10-1/2 inch rainbow heart blocks and you can find instructions below. Members of my local modern guild will be bringing blocks to our monthly meeting next week–we have a volunteer who will make a finished quilt to donate. Bless you Elizabeth.

http://cluckclucksew.com/2015/01/making-heart-blocks-in-multiple-sizes.html

Animal shelters in Madison, New Jersey, and Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, have great need of kennel quilts. The shelter in New Jersey just rescued 250 puppies and fires in Canada have filled their shelters. See the link below for more details and ideas for making 12×18-inch quilts. Also take note of their guidelines, no metallic thread, no bindings, no loose threads.

https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/24716-tqpm-small-kennel-quilt-team-call-for-more-kennel-quilts

Since I had a set of rainbow colored squares from Primrose Gradations, I decided to make 5-1/2 inch heart blocks, four making a 10-1/2 inch block. First I cut out all the pieces, using light neutral scraps for the background.

Pieces for Rainbow Hearts

Pieces for Rainbow Hearts

Next I marked all of the diagonal lines on the background pieces. Sewing squares on the diagonal in the corners of a square is a common method for making Snowball blocks. Mark on sandpaper to keep your square from stretching. I have a sandpaper board that is also a pressing mat. Make your own using some coarse sandpaper.

Marking on Sandpaper

Marking on sandpaper

 

Ready to sew

Ready to sew

TIP: Do not stitch ON the diagonal lines, but just beside them toward the corner. That stitching line takes up space!

In addition, since the bottom squares were large enough, I marked another line 1/2-inch away to make half-square triangles. You can stitch ON this line.

Additional half-square triangle

Additional half-square triangle

Before trimming, make sure that your folded corners go all the way to the edges of the colored fabric or your unit will not be square or large enough. I had to restitch several of these corner units.

Checking corners before trimming

Checking corners before trimming

Sew the two pieces together and you now have a heart block. Make three more and sew those together. Alternate pressing the center seam left and right so that you can nest and match the seams. I pressed the final seam up. Here are my two blocks.

Four 5-inch heart blocks

Four 5-inch heart blocks

Four 5-inch heart blocks

Four 5-inch heart blocks

An alternate way to sew the blocks together.

Alternate setting

Alternate setting

I have not decided what to do with my half-square triangles (hsts) yet–probably cut out squares from the leftovers to make star blocks–but here are some ideas for half-square triangles. Throw your hsts up on the design wall and play!

Rainbow pinwheels

Rainbow pinwheels

Rainbow half-square triangles

Rainbow ribbons

Rainbow flying geese

Rainbow flying geese in rainbow order

I have been trying to quilt one block a day on my Christmas quilt. Maybe I will be ready to quilt the borders by the 4th of July. Ten more blocks to go. Some quilters roll their quilts to fit inside the bed but I just bunch mine up. If there is a lot of quilt in front of the machine, I just push it forward with my chest as I quilt to keep it from hanging over the edge of the table and causing drag.

Quilting Block 6

Quilting Block 6

Sometimes I follow the edge of my ruler to even up my quilting lines if my echo quilting has gotten a little off.

Checking alignment

Checking alignment

Block #6

Block #6

Till next time, may all your seams be straight and your blocks be square.