This started on September 10th, with the cutting instructions, and will go through November 26th with a Link-up Party to show off our creations.
Unlike Project Linus, Gracie’s Get Well Garden, this is not a Mystery. We not only know what the finished quilt will look like, we have been given 4 sizes to choose from: Baby, Crib, Lap or Full size. Several different color schemes have been demonstrated and even a scrappy option has been suggested.
I’m not sure what size mine will be when I finish. I have enough fabric to make at least the Lap size. Both the Crib size and Lap size have the same number of blocks, but the Lap size will have a cute pieced border.
The cutting instructions were for all the pieces necessary, but I didn’t cut all of it at once. I didn’t want to keep track of all of that cut fabric.
Here is the fabric I have cut so far. The pieces are pinned to a piece of Styrofoam that came from some packing box. It is a nice size and I like repurposing items. I can move my cut fabric from one location to another without loosing pieces. The fabric is grouped by how much I need for a block of each piece. I have nearly enough to make about half the blocks I need.
The first block instructions were given last Saturday and we have two weeks to make our blocks until a new step is revealed.
I’m working on one block at a time. To help me, I have a printed picture of the block. To prevent getting confused, I pull off all the cut pieces necessary for one block and lay it out in the block design.
I need 28 full Bear Paw Blocks, and there are a few more partial blocks. Not sure I’ll get all done before the next step is revealed. Since I worked the quilt show last week, and I’m making the Project Linus Mystery Challenge, I’ve only gotten 4 of these blocks made so far. Some serious stitching will be done this weekend.
Making the HST (Half-Square Triangle) blocks is slow work for me – Chain-Piecing the squares and then trimming to size.
Quick Tip: Trimming HSTs
Using the squares required (here they are 2” squares), place the two pieces right-sides together. Stitch a scant 1/4” on both sides of diagonal line drawn on one of the squares.
Cut on diagonal line, making two triangles.
Using the block size (in this case 1-1/2” square), identify the markings on two sides of a square ruler and place this along the Stitch Line – not the cut edge.
Trim the two sides.
TaDa! A nicely squared up 1-1/2” HST.
I love this method of trimming HSTs. It only requires 2 cuts and it always comes out the right size with the stitch line nicely centered.
Try this tip sometimes and see how you like it.