Did you enjoy the projects from yesterday's bloggers? Well, I promise that you'll enjoy today's just as much!!! Today our first blogger is Joanne from Everyone Deserves a Quilt. Joanne is a prodigious quilt maker, and I think that if everyone deserves a quilt, Joanne is determined to make sure that happens! And next up is Jan, also known as The Colorful Fabriholic. I got to meet Jan in person at the AQS quilt show in Paducah one year, and she's as lovely in person as she is on her blog. She's also a book author, which I had the honor of reviewing in this post. So go see what's going on with them, then come back here and find the next set of instructions for the quilt-along quilt, "Rejoice"! And heads up - one of them has a giveaway going on today - don't miss your chance to enter!
And now we're ready for day two of the quilt-along! Above, you can see this quilt in a different color way - I used two close shades of blue prints and pure white for this one, and I've been told by several people that it looks like "Frozen"! I hadn't thought of that when I was making it, but it really does. My main purpose was to come up with a wintry quilt without using "Christmas" colors. This one is much more subtly colored.
Today we'll be making the half-square triangles (HSTs) that will go into Block A. For a visual reference, here's a diagram of Block A.
We will be using the 8-at-a-time method for making the HST units that make up the corners of this block. We need enough for twelve blocks, which means we'll need 48 HST units.
Step 1: Pair a white 10" square with a red 10" square. Make 6 sets of these.
Step 2: Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the white squares; repeat from the opposite corner.
Step 3: Stitch a scant 1/4" from each side of the diagonal lines.
Step 4: Cut the square in half both vertically and horizontally. Imagine the points of the compass and cut N/S and E/W through the center of the block.
Step 5: Cut the resulting blocks in half along the diagonal line you drew in Step 2.
Step 6: Press toward the darker fabric, being careful not to stretch the block out of shape.
Step 7: Square up the HSTs to 4.5". Now, I know you may be getting tired by now, and want to skip this step. Trust me, this is one of the most important steps in this quilt. The trick to HSTs is to square them up so they are all the same size. Otherwise, you'll end up with some larger than others and your quilt won't go together well. So drag out that rotary cutter and square those puppies up! (If you've got a Bloc-Loc ruler, it's pretty simple and quick.)
And now you should have a beautiful pile of neat little 4.5" HSTs...
...and an equally cute little pile of trimmings! Birds love these for their nests, or you can put them in a pretty little jar and admire them as quilt-y art. I have a friend who weaves, and she likes to add them to her weavings, so I save them for her.
And here's the list of bloggers for the hop, in case you've missed any...
Saturday, July 14th
Joy @ Days Filled With Joy
Selina @ Selina Quilts
Sunday, July 15th
Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic
Monday, July 16th
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels & Eats
Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts
Mary @ Made by Marney
Wednesday, July 18th
Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew
Thursday, July 19th
Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah
Friday, July 20th
Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts
Saturday, July 21st
Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home
Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog
Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail
Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie
Tuesday, July 24th
Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts
Wednesday, July 25th
Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass
And that's it for today! If you haven't already, be sure to check out today's bloggers and enter in the giveaway offered on one of their blogs - you might get lucky! See you tomorrow for the next step in the quilt-along!