Star Soiree – Block 4 of the Qube Workout Sampler

Block 4 is here. For this design I started with a simple friendship star for the Mix & Match Qube and worked into some additional stars for the Angles and Corners Companion Qubes. While the friendship star design is fairly traditional, the piecing of it is not. Usually one sees this done with all half square triangles. This block presents a challenge because some of the seams can be eliminated to give a smoother, more cohesive block using shapes like the quarter square triangle and the parallelogram.

In the Angles Companion block, the trapezoid is repeated for a double trapezoid block. Color placement will dictate unique designs in this block. And in the Corners Companion, a simpler design is used that looks similar to a variable star, but because it is a six-patch, one gets more points and accents of the center points of the star with the bowtie units.

In other news, we went to my nephew’s wedding this weekend. It was so much fun and fairly non-traditional. They wanted simple and chose to have the wedding venue as a tent in a pasture on the bride’s grandfather’s farm. The bride has her own animals there, so it was truly “home” for her. It was delightful and we feasted on BBQ prepared by the groom with beverages served from a bar made of stacked hay bales while cattle and a few donkeys and horses grazed nearby. Here’s a picture of the bride and groom.

 
 

Tip for Cutting Layered Triangles

Someone suggested this tip for cutting triangles, and I am posting it here. It’s a lifesaver for me as my hands really get a workout when stitching lots of triangles. This tip works not only for cutting triangles but also other shapes that are the same shape and will be stitched. You can layer the fabric before fanfolding it onto your die and the shapes will be ready to stitch when they are fresh off the die. Here are a couple of photos to illustrate what I mean.

Fabric layered and then fanfolded onto die
Triangles that have been cut with layered fabric
Triangles that have been cut with layered fabric

School’s out – yay! Last night we had a big celebration with Kes’s 13th birthday and Ezri’s graduation from Middle School. It was the best meal I’ve cooked in years thanks to Stouffer’s five cheese lasagne and macaroni and cheese. We added broccoli and rolls and Mrs. Smith’s Dutch apple pies and all I had to do was set the table. I’m not much of a cook but I did season the broccoli as my six-year old grandson instructed and everything was a hit.

Our puppy spent the day with the grandchildren, and she was exhausted when she got home. She weighs 28 pounds now. We got her at 8 pounds five weeks ago so she is tracking quite well at 3-4 pounds a week. Just look at those big feet. It’s going to take a lot more growing to fit into them.

 
 

Night Flight – Block 3 of the Qube Workout Sampler

The third block of the Sampler is posted to the QAL Sampler Page. I named this block Night Flight and it comes in three versions: one for the Mix & Match Qube, one for the Angles Companion Qube, and one for the Corners Companion Qube. It is called Night Flight because there is some semblance of a star in the center of each block and there are birds in the air and flying geese surrounding the star.

We had 8th grade graduation on Saturday. It was such a bittersweet day. We are so thrilled that our sweet Ezri has made it through 8th grade. It was long and hard work at times but incredibly delightful to hear her sweet laugh when we got those assignments done and when everyone was so proud of her achievements. It was a spaced, masked, walk-through graduation because of the Pandemic and was also the first time she actually met some of her teachers.

Have a wonderful week and do some happy stitching!