KQG Mystery Quilt Pt 2

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted!  I feel like I should have a bunch of finished projects to share but…I don’t.  I have finished the second part of the mystery quilt though!  Talk about half-squares triangles!  This installment needed 96 HSTs – 1.5″ half. square. triangles. (Yes, that’s small)

If you have a bunch of half-square triangles to do, I suggest trying the Laundry Basket Quilts triangle paper.  This stuff is a life saver when it comes to large quantities of small HST.  It makes 32 HST in one go, amazing right?!  I mean there’s still the task of cutting but it makes it all super easy and quick.

I have another tip to share – chain piecing and the Cutting Gizmo.  Many beginner quilters don’t use or never heard of chain piecing.  This technique is basically stitching pieces together with one continuous length of thread without stopping in between pieces.  This saves time (and  thread) because you aren’t constantly stopping, snipping, and starting again.  I feel like I’ve mentioned this fantastic tool before (maybe?) but The Cutting Gizmo is a must have if you chain piece.  It makes snipping the connecting threads so easy and super quick!

I have just one more piece of advice to give to all quilters of all levels – NEVER BE AFRAID TO SHOW OFF YOUR WORK!  I started quilting in July 2016, joined 2 quilt guilds and have participated in almost every ‘show n tell’ in both guilds.  It doesn’t matter how talented you are (or how untalented you think you are), you are making works of art.  Your passion for what you do shows through in every stitch and whether you know it or not, you are inspiring other quilters to make their own masterpieces.

It’s All Greek To Me

I waste invest plenty of time on Pinterest…who doesn’t?  There are just so many things to discover and it’s a great place for inspiration.  That’s where I stumbled upon the Greek Cross block.  It’s quite possibly my new favourite block.  It’s sort of like a Churn Dash but…not.

I whipped up a quick pattern and thought about using Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make up the cross part of the block however I figured that might be too busy for what I was going for.  I ended up going with Kona Solids (Pond & Mango for the crosses, Bone for background) and Cotton & Steel (XOXO #2 Pencil) for the corner half-square triangles.  The finished block size is 12″ x 12″.  I managed to get the top done in a day and will post a picture once it’s quilted and ready to go.

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Greek Cross in Pond

Half-square Triangles have to be one of the most common blocks in quilt making.  A quilt I’m working on is made up of 302 HST….this Greek Cross one has 80.  Needless to say, I’m becoming an expert a HST.  If you need a bundle of HST, I’ll tell you how to do the ‘Magic 8’ method which will save you so much time. Continue reading