Monday, March 28, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along ~ Block 2

The Crossroads Quilt Along Block 2 from The Fat Quarter Shop, is the Diamond Block. Download the free pattern instructions here. And while you are there click on the link to donate to the March of Dimes. A $5 dollar donation is all they ask for sharing the instructions for this beautiful quilt.

The beautiful fabrics we get to work with this month, again from Fig Tree Quilts, Strawberry Fields Revisited.

I used the Tucker Trimmer (no affiliation) on my half-square triangle blocks. Let me just put in a plug for this tool. I have been testing Pattern 7, and there are a lot of half-square triangles. This tool made it so quick and easy. Without all of the ruler lines I hardly had to think about what I was doing. I LOVE this tool. And I owe my fabric store owners at Fabrics Plus a huge apology (or a bottle of wine) for not listening to them sooner. A lot sooner. 

Back to the blocks. I did add 1/8 of an inch to the fabric I cut out for the HST pieces. I much prefer to make them larger and then trim them down. Either I'm not a very accurate sewer, or I'm too much of a perfectionist, but I LIKE that perfect HST. 

 This has to be my favorite piece of the entire block. I love these little square in a square pieces. So darn cute!

I make sure to sew with the piece up that has the point. That way I can make sure I don't take that point off with my stitching. Nothing makes me happier then a pointy point. (Unless it's that perfect HST.)

All of the beautiful blocks so far. 

392 units

My own Pattern 7 went out to testers today. I'm so excited to have another of my patterns close to publishing. After stitching up all 3 sizes myself, and making the 3 diamond blocks, I have now made 900 HST units in the last 2 weeks. That is a crazy number!  If you need to feel like you have accomplished something, add up those HST units!

Block 3 for the Crossroads Quilt Along comes out April 15th.

Happy Stitching!