You can read about Denise Russart's Spooktacular Block Swap here.
I have finished three sets of 3 blocks already; one or two more sets to go. Since I don't want to spoil the surprise for other participants in the swap, I won't show the blocks just yet.
But I do want to share with you a dilemma I was faced with (pun intended).
If you are a quilter, you have probably already encountered the challenges of dealing with directional fabrics. In one of my blocks I needed half-square triangles in all four orientations. And I wanted all of my heads pointing up!!
|Half-square Triangle Dilemma|
My solution was to use the "Magic 8" technique. There are many sources online for this, but essentially you start with two squares of fabric, placed right sides together. Draw diagonal lines in both directions X, then stitch 1/4" from each side of both lines. Cut apart at the midpoint, first vertically and then horizontally +, then cut apart on the diagonal line. You will end up with 8 HSTs! In my case I needed 2" finished HSTs so I started with two 6" squares. I also needed 16 HSTs so two sets of squares did the trick in no time at all. It takes more time to trim them to size than to make them.
Our state guild association had it's annual meeting on Saturday. Jenny Doan of The Missouri Star Quilt Company was the featured speaker. Oh, what a dynamic presentation and so many intriguing ideas! Probably the largest number of vendors in a long time, too. I held fast, but couldn't resist this yard of Halloween print and a fat quarter bundle of Moda Grunge.
So, while adding 2-3/4 yards to the stash, I moved 1-1/2 yards out with the swap blocks I've finished. Yes, I know, I should count fabric back in when my share of the swap blocks come back to me. We'll see if I remember to do that ......
Stash report this week:
In this Week: 2.75 yards
Out this Week: 1.50 yards
In year to Date: 167.75 yards
Out Year-to-Date: 136.5 yards
Net Used 2014 -31.25 yards
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