Friday, March 02, 2007
I'm so excited about my latest project that I've started. Finally after weeks of finishing off a few things that were lingering from last year I get to start something new! I found a pattern called Trumpet Stars by Cherie Ralston in the April 2007 American Patchwork and Quilting magazine that is just beautiful. Of course, me being me, I will be making some modifications. I'm only going to make 4 blocks and I thought I'd jazz it up a bit by piecing the background squares in whites just to add a bit more interest. I got to play a bit with a new to me technique for piecing square in a square blocks which I saw on Simply Quilts. They have now created a video library of some of the shows. The one that I watched is called SIMPLER ROTARY CUTTING with Anita Grossman Solomon. A text version of the show is also available. I really liked this technique as it was very accurate and there was no guess work in lining up the side triangles because the method incorporates trimming those ears off. I will definitely use this method again! The second pieced background is all half-square triangles and I used the omnigrid 96L ruler to cut my triangles. Of all the techniques I've used to make 1/2 square triangles this by far was the most accurate. I haven't tried it for really small 1/2 square triangles...but it worked well for these 4" ones.