I am having a ridiculous amount of fun with the sew alongs in which I have been participating. The block above is week number eight of the ModaBlockHeads Sew Along. This sew along has actually challenged me, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have been "forced" to do a bit of machine appliqué, which it turns out, I love. This week's block didn't call for appliqué, but the units were kind of small. Those little half square triangles in the basket block above are only one inch finished. A year ago I would have moaned and groaned to make a block with units that tiny. I have learned I can do it, and with good results.
The trick to good results is to first starch the heck out of the fabrics you are using prior to cutting them. Really soak them with a can of spray starch. Let them air dry, then press them. The result is slightly stiff fabric which is a dream to cut and sew. The second trick to good results is to use triangle papers. Or, you could make your half square triangles oversized and trim them down to the correct size. Nothing is wonky, everything lines up perfectly.
The other sew along I am enjoying is Lisa Bongean's 2017 Triangle Gatherings. Every week Lisa comes out with a block or two that uses 16 half square triangles to make a different block. Supposedly she will come up with over 80 variations on how to construct different blocks with just those units. I especially loved this week's block, #32. It came out even more on point than usual, every thread right where it should be. I attribute that to starching and using triangle papers as well.
What am I going to do when I run out of space on my design wall? Oh No! I just love seeing my progress on display up there.