Cake Talk - Favourite Recipe for HSTs

>> Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'm finished my second block for the Layer Cake Quilt Along.

Once I got ready to start I realized that I really liked the green and yellow together!
That's like going on a date with a guy only to find out his brother is a better match for you:)

But, I persisted with the blue for a couple of reasons.

1. There are a lot of blue prints in this line and I want to keep the blue reading as a dominant colour throughout the quilt - which means I need to use it!

2. This is a very busy looking block with so many fabrics in it. I decided the repetition of the same motif in the blue and yellow would help to focus your eye on the dark prints. This print also reads more as a solid than the tone on tone green paisley.

I like the block better in this orientation. It was after seeing another completed block in the flickr pool placed this way that I got motivated to start on mine.

What did I learn from this block?
That I have a favourite recipe for making my half square triangles!
For this block I cut my squares at 3 7/8" ,
drew the diagonal line on the back of the light fabric,
stitched 1/4" seam down each side of the line,
cut on the line,
then pressed to the dark fabric.

This meant I basically had to make my own directions for this block - which did save me some fabric and some trimming {which I like to avoid}

Do you have a favourite way to make half square triangles?

With Joy,
Sarah V


Christy November 23, 2010 at 3:17 PM  

I really like the way your second block turned out! :) Well done. I'm excited to get the next one next week.

Amy November 23, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

I really like the block.I like to use my Easy Angle cutting mat is worn out on 1/4" and 1/2" lines...maybe I should cut some 7/8"s?

Ariane November 23, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

I love this block! You did a great job with it. I really love the colors you chose. Love it!!!

QuiltSue November 24, 2010 at 4:52 AM  

I like to use my Go! cutter to cut triangles in pairs so all I have to do is pick up a pair and sew! Easy and accurate. What more can I ask?

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