Piecing progress on this just for fun quilt started off slowly last weekend but it really started to pick up momentum this week. I took some progress photos to show a bit about how I puzzled through putting the blocks together.
I had 4 blocks to begin with based on the Bonus HST tutorial that I created [(2) 6½” square angled HSTs and (2) 4½” square bonus HSTs]. So to get started, I made 4 more blocks (2 more 6½” square angled HSTs and 2 more 4½” square bonus HSTs). Above is where I ended up after moving things around a bit during the “stick them on the design wall” play time after doubling the number of blocks I had pieced.
I went back to my fabric pull and made 2 more 6½” square angled HSTs and 2 more 4½” square bonus HSTs. I didn’t spend as long with the block on the design wall – I was starting to feel good about the direction the blocks were shaping themselves into.
After making another set of angled HSTs and bonus HSTs, I had enough to get a rough idea of what a 24½” square block might look like. Note that between the last photo and the one above, I turned the bonus HSTs in the corners to face outwards.
The next question I had to ask myself was how many of these blocks I wanted to make and if I had enough fabric in my fabric pull to pull that off. So before cutting the gap filling 2½” x 4½” or 2½” x 6½” rectangles that you see in the block layout above, I started by cutting all the larger squares I needed to make a total of (4) of these large 24½” square blocks. Then, with the leftover scraps and fabric, I cut out the remaining rectangles needed to bring the 4½” square bonus HSTs up to 6½” square to match the size of the angled HSTs.
After all that cutting, I stepped back and thought that the block was missing just a little bit of continuity. There is a very subtle difference in the photo above: on the right hand side, I added in a mockup of what piecing a stitch and flip corner onto the center squares would look like. I *really* like the way it completes the lime diamond shape, so I’ll definitely be sewing those 4 additional seams when I assemble the block.
I made a quick GIF of the piecing progress photos, and I think it shows the difference adding those additional lime stitch and flip corners on the center blocks will make.
With the piecing decisions made and the rest of my fabric cut and ready to sew, I think I know what I’ll be working on this weekend! Well, apart from the household chore needs. Also, I need to start thinking of a real name for this project. Let me know if you have any suggestions!