I am just catching up from last week. Not only did we have a blog hop, but I had a terrible cold and got very little done. One of the things I did while I was “resting” during my cold was some hand piecing. I used the Accuquilt GO to cut some 3 1/2 inch half square triangles, and I marked them and stitched them while “resting.” They were absolutely perfect. Since I’m not much of a hand piecer, my success at joining one finished triangle square to another triangle square wasn’t great. I later took them to the machine to make pinwheels, and the centers were perfect. All of this is truly encouraging me to piece triangles–something I’ve stayed away from for most of my quilting life. My philosophy has been that if it can’t have perfect points, then don’t do it.
I have designed two new quilt tops with the triangles I’ve been piecing. People often ask how one comes up with designs. For me a quilt top design is often the answer to a question. For example: I had a lot of triangles. Did I want to accept the challenge of having them meet in the middle in a pinwheel block? How would it work if I stitched them together in a row across the block. What if the finished block isn’t exactly square or one side is a quarter inch shorter? After hand piecing, I’m certainly not going to throw anything away. So, these are the blocks for using my triangles–you can see that I added a small strip border around each block which allows me to size the block up or down just a bit so they are all the same size in the end:
And these are photos of what the two quilts would look like: