|My fabric choices for the NQC Quilt Block Challenge|
Grey, yellow and navy blenders, with 'silver' Prima Homespun as background.
But how can I possibly finish something if I can't even bring myself to start it in the first place? So after much positive self talk I jumped in.
The instructions for this week say to cut 4.5 inch squares of colour A (the dark grey for me) and colour D (silver) and 5.25 inch squares of colours B (yellow), C (blue) and D (silver).
The 5.25 inch squares are used to make half square triangle blocks that are then trimmed down to 4.5 inches before joining to the other blocks.
I decided to cut all the fabrics, including colours A and D, to 5.25 inches initially, make the required half square triangles and then trim all of the squares down to 4.5 inches before joining in the final pattern. I will use marginally more fabric across the entire quilt if I continue doing this, but I think I'd prefer that than having to ditch a whole pile because I've got my measurements mixed up and mis-cut a heap.
|All fabrics cut to 5.25 inch squares|
L-R = Colours A to D
I had picked up a 4.5 inch square ruler when I bought the fabric for this challenge. It really does make things so much easier. There's almost no chance of cutting the squares to anything other than 4.5 inches if you just trim to the size of the ruler.
|Ready to trim the blocks to 4.5 inches square.|
Once all the blocks were trimmed, it was time to lay them out according to the pattern and join the rows.
|Block pieces laid out ready to join.|
|Tada! Block 1 finished!|
BloopersBlock 1 turned out really well, but the making didn't fully go to plan - there were some definite 'oops' moments as I was putting it together.
Two Half Square Triangle blocks are made by laying two squares of contrasting colour right sides together, stitching 1/4 inch either side of the diagonal and then cutting between the two lines of stitching.
|I'm supposed to cut along the centre line, not stitch it.|
And I managed to stitch the centre line not once, but twice on this block (once from either end).
|Still not sure I how I managed this!|
Looking forward to getting sewing on Block 2.