I’m back with block 3 of the I Love Home quiltalong hosted by Jacquelynne Steves.
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When I first opened the pattern for this month I saw that it included half-rectangle units, not the traditional half-square triangle units and I gotta admit, I was a little skeptical.
HRTs add so much flair to quilt blocks. But, they can be challenging to make accurately.
I’m thrilled to report that Jaquelynne has created an amazing tutorial and her method yields perfectly accurate units with sharp points!
Go watch the video on how to make this happen with your own block!
Word of advice: You’ll see that the video suggests using freezer paper at one point. I was trying to rush because I had several competing deadlines so I thought “Oh, I can just use some copy paper & adapt.”
Not a good idea–I ended up mis-cutting and having to start over.
So, follow the tutorial & video & you’ll have success.
I used my Olfa Splash rotary cutter with an Endurance blade to cut this block. For years my go-to cutter was the Olfa 60 mm. When I heard about the Endurance blade, I wondered if it really would last longer & if it could cut as many layers as my 60 mm. I’m thrilled to report that the hype is true–the blade lasts (almost!) forever. And I can easily cut just as many layers with it.
Here’s my finished block. This month I chose to highlight the bee in my fussy-cut center.
Have you joined the Facebook group for this quiltalong?
This month’s giveaway features an assortment of buttons and charms from I Love Buttons, Etc. To win, comment on this post & tell me what type of tutorials or tips you’re interested in seeing from me in the future. I’m planning to start a regular series of tips & tricks & I’d love to know what you would most like to see. Comment at the bottom of this post!
The giveaway will be open until 10 pm Sunday, October 10, 2017 CST.
Be sure to visit all my quilty friends and see their version of this block. They each have a giveaway opportunity too!
- The Sewing Loft
- The Crafty Quilter
- The Inbox Jaunt
- Farmhouse Quilts
- Penguin and Fish
- Podunk Pretties
- The Quilting Nook