Tag Archives: Scrap Blocks

Half Square Triangle of Death

This was quite a difficult block for me. However, I think the overall quilt is going to look stunning!

I’m still not comfortable with HSTs, but I’m getting better. The next block for Freida is full of…yep, you guessed it…HSTs! yay….*sigh* This bee is determined to make me a HST queen.

What type of blocks do you have the most difficulty with?


Two Blocks for Tracy

This weekend I finished up Tracy’s block for the Nittany Block Party Bee. Now, Tracy’s blocks almost didn’t happen because of a crafty pooch. My lovely darling, Ruby, stays locked up in her “room” during the day because she chews up everything. She should have been named Destroyer. Mike and I came home to see Ruby staring out the front door. Uh Oh…not good. Automatically I thought I had forgotten to lock her door. She’s so good about getting in her room in the mornings that it’s easy to forget that the door isn’t closed.

After a brief inspection, it was evident that wasn’t case.

This muscled up dog managed to pull the front of her crate down (it’s collapsible) and squeeze over the top to get out. Yep…she’s a little Houdini as well. How she managed to do that without hurting herself I’ll never know. It’s a little hard to tell, but there are only about 6 inches of space that she had to work with. So…the damage:

Evidently she got tired of playing with her kong toy (the purple octopus like object) since it doesn’t as many cool noises as paper being shredded into pieces. You’ll notice the squares of fabric laying around on the ground as well. Thankfully, she didn’t eat any of them (which she has done before). The white fabric had some smudges but I just turned it around so the smudges wouldn’t show!

She can sure play innocent well though! After going through and carefully checking each piece, sewing, pressing and sewing some more, I ran into a slight problem on the first one. Is it noticeable?

Yep, top right corner is wonky. The sad thing is, I ripped the seam out and re-sewed it because I thought I had it wrong the first time. Nope…had to do it again!

Ahhh…that’s better! Half square triangles (HST) are not my favorite. In fact, most of the time I go out of my way to pick patterns that don’t require them. However, I am very happy with the final product! I think all of the seams are 1/4 inch and the block is pretty square.

Now, on to Freida’s block which also has a ton of HST. By the time hers is done, I’ll be a pro!

What tricks do you have for keeping your HST square instead of stretching?

Twin Quilts

My cousin recently had premature twin boys. Both of them are doing well and are close to coming home, which the family is excited about. This is the first set of twins on this side of the family, which I feel calls for twin quilts! Okay, so I’d make the quilts regardless but now I get the chance to use some fun fabric. I decided to use Max & Whiskers fabric by BasicGrey because it has great colors for boys and isn’t the typical blue color scheme.


The next hurdle was what block to choose. I wanted something relatively easy since I’m making two and need to have them done within the next couple of weeks for when they come home. I was catching up on my Google reader when I came across Peggi’s post and knew I had found my answer!

The blocks are supposed to take 10 minutes to make, but it took me about 30-40 minutes to make two. Not sure if that says something about me or the block! I had a few goof ups, but I think they turned out okay.

What do you think? Does it look appropriate for baby boys?

Fabric Friday

I have been part of an online quilting bee for about 1 1/2 years now. It has been a very interesting experience. I have been humbled by the quality of work the others have sent to me, as well as by how difficult half square triangles are!!

The one block that gave me the most problem was Heidi’s because I could not figure out where I messed up! After ripping out the seems and trying to fix it about 5 times, I finally just sent Heidi what I had. She can use it for a pillow case if she can’t fix it!

Dena’s block was the most creative I’ve had thus far this year. The mosaic block was a lot more difficult than it originally appeared to make an “unpatterned” block. This was a great learning opportunity for me, but I don’t think I’d want to make an entire quilt with these blocks. It would eventually drive me bonkers!

The last three blocks were put together for Rachel. The fabric choice was beautiful and would have gone well in my bedroom, but I had to send it back to Rachel!

It’s Like Christmas Again!

I’m sorry I’ve been out of touch lately. My grandfather passed away and I just needed to take some time to myself. It was a time for me to catch up with my family and figure out where my priorities lie. During this time, I placed a couple of packages on the table and hadn’t opened them. Today when I got home, I had 3 more packages that came in. Holy cow!! So, I spent tonight opening up those packages and it was so much fun that it felt like Christmas again! So, what did I get?!

From Frieda

From Heidi

From Heidi Too!

From Ruth

From Ruth Too

From Tracy



??? I had Wanda’s envelope with this one but I think I got it mixed up


Aren’t they all lovely?! I can’t wait to put them all together to see how they come out, but I have to put my design wall together first. A big thank you to Heidi, Tracy, Wanda, Frieda, Ruth and someone unknown at this time! Unfortunately, I got some of the blocks mixed up and I’m not sure if I have the right names on them. Hopefully, the ladies will correct me!