I am drawn to bright colors so when I saw the Riley Blake fabric for this Quilt Along, I asked Marcia if I could play with it! The pattern from This & That was just as appealing so I was eager to get started.
After reading through the directions for the first block, I decided to cut it out using my Accuquilt Cutter. With my cutter and Qubes, I find that it is easy to convert many traditionally cut and pieced patterns to be cut more quickly and accurately with Accuquilt.
I began by looking at the cutting instructions for the larger pieces of the block. The 3 1/2” X 6 1/2” flying geese units could be cut with the #4 and #5 dies from the 12” Qube. That is also where I found the 3 1/2” square which is the #2 die.
The smaller half square triangles used in the pattern are 2” half square triangles that finish at 1 1/2” so that makes use of the #5 die from the 6” Qube. Let me show you how I cut those out. I cut a strip long enough to cut 8 triangles from each fabric that I needed.
The I placed them RIGHT sides together on the die. You can see from the next photo that I used a permanent marker to make lines a quarter inch from the edges of the blades to help with lining up the fabric.
Then I fan folded the strip across the die so I was cutting out 4 layers of fabric. You can cut up to 6 layers of quilting cotton with your Accuquilt cutter, but since we need 8 of each shape and the die has 4 triangles on it, this made the most sense!
After running it through the machine, I had all of the pieces I needed for those 8 half square triangles! Since they already have right sides together, the units are all ready to sew. Then I repeated the steps for the other combinations of fabrics. I did use colored pencils to color in my pattern to help with placement of the colors.
When piecing the half square triangles, I pressed to the gray units and the green units. This helped with accuracy when assembling the units together. For this inner section of the block, I pressed seam allowances for the squares in alternate directions. Then I pressed the seam allowances for the rows open to help reduce the bulk. I use a shorter stitch length (1.8) when I plan to press open. All pressing for the block is done on my wooly mat.
By now you know I am up early, coffee is ready and even a later than usual clue post will not deter my adventuresome quilting spirit. Bonnie had a delay this week no wi-fi…..that will trip more than a few of us up.
Greens, Neutrals and Chevrons and my favorite….half square triangles! Life couldn’t get any better than this. My original intent was to cut the strips with my AccuQuilt strip cutter for the greens and to then cross cut them using the Stripology Ruler. I did for the first batch but I found it was just faster to stack my fabrics and cut them all using the Stripology Ruler.
Twas the night before Friday and all through the studio there is a flurry of activity as I clear my table in anticipation of the second clue. I wonder what it might be this week. The cheery red and white four patches remind me of peppermints and Christmas. The coffee is set and my clothes laid out. I am an early riser by nature and I wake early to begin checking my phone for the next clue.
It seems the world over is urging Bonnie to wake and to post the next clue…this is a testament to the positive power she has near and far...even across the water to Australia.
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