22 February 2014

Star Light Star Bright Catch Up

Well missed the weekly assignment link up for the Star Light Star Bright QAL but I did finish them yesterday.  I am making five blocks so I had a lot of HST's to make and trim. I really thought this step was never going to end.  I did find a couple tips that really helped to speed up the process.  First I used my wrapping paper cutter clamped to my ironing board to cut all the chained pieces apart.  

Then I used my new True Cut Ruler and Rotary to cut the squares apart. Cutting four at a time such a time saver.

After cutting all the squares apart I had a huge pile of triangles and was not really looking forward to pressing and trimming.  Then I remembered a few weeks ago I pinned this tutorial from Little Miss Shabby for Epic HST Trimming.  Then in my blogger feed this morning I saw that Amy at Diary of a Quilter was showing a similar technique using the Quilt In A Day Triangle Square up Ruler.  I don't have one of these rulers but it is a very clever tip too.  I guess everyone is thinking about HST this week. :)

Here is what my pile of HST's waiting for pressing after all the trimming was complete.  

Then the lovely pile of pressed HST's, so pretty. 

Since I had all the HST's pressed I just whipped up this weeks assignment of piecing the center blocks.  YEAH!  It is all coming together now. 

I have been working on a few other things this week testing a pattern for Aria Lane and getting started on some of my other goals that I have set for myself.  I really hoped this week to load my February goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  This did not work out though, when I was ironing the backing fabric I found some holes right in the middle of the fabric so I had to wait for replacement fabric to arrive.  UPS says it is out for delivery today but it is 6.30PM and I am still waiting.  We have had some crazy windy weather here in Michigan today so I am sure that is slowing deliveries down.  So if it comes tonight then I will get it loaded up tomorrow so I will be able to link up by the end of next week.  

Since nothing was loaded on my frame I put some practice fabric on so I could put in some practice time.  Here is a bit of my practice from this week. 

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  1. I know, that was so much trimming huh :) So glad you got through it, and I love the idea of the wrapping paper trimmer for cutting chain stitching!! Your stars look fantastic. All of the points are just perfect ;) Great job!!