So. What do you all do when you feel overwhelmed with the number of quilting projects you have started and have yet to finish? Do you pull your hair in frustration? Do you stay up all night to make some headway on all the sewing you need to do? Do you hide the unfinished projects away so your family won't scold you for buying more fabric when you haven't even finished what you have started?
Or do you do what I do?
Start a new project!!!
I love the energy and enthusiasm that comes with beginning something new. It cheers me up and makes me love life and the joy of creation and the prospect of bringing something lovely into my future. Please. No comparisons to the psyche of the typical addict. That would not be me. Not at all.
This is my new project! (Don't you love it Karen Dianne? It is so your thing). It is a kit I bought awhile back from Bonnie Blue Quilts. It calls for 64 blocks, each one of which has 12 half square triangle units! That is 768 half square triangles. I did not feel daunted in the slightest however, because the kit came with these cool half square triangle papers called Spinning Stars.
All you have to do to make two blocks is to cut out three six inch squares of your print fabric and three six inch squares of your background fabric. Plus eight 2 1/2 inch squares of your print fabric. Stack a print square and a background square right sides together and stitch on the dotted lines. Do this three times. Cut on the solid lines and you have 24 half square triangles, which is enough to make two complete quilt blocks. The kit came with 32 different prints, so there will be loads of variety in the blocks. Super scrappy, just like I like it.
This is the package of Spinning Star papers that came with the kit. You can buy these in a number of different sizes from Bonnie Blue.
Stitch on the dotted line.
Cut on the solid lines to trim up the edges and separate the square into quadrants
Cut the squares in half on the diagonal.
Tear off the paper, like you are ripping off a bandaid.
Open your half square triangles, press them and trim off the little dog ears.
There are many ways of making half square triangles, and this one is a nice change. The units come out super accurate. Give it a try, and I bet you'll be smiling.