Q3 Just for Fun - Piecing Progress

Q3 Just for Fun {Piecing Progress}

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.

Q3 Just for Fun - Piecing Progress

Q3 Just for Fun – Piecing Progress

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.

Q3 Just for Fun - Piecing Progress

Q3 Just for Fun – Piecing Progress

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.

Q3 Just for Fun - Piecing Progress

Q3 Just for Fun – Piecing Progress

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.

Q3 Just for Fun - Piecing Progress

Q3 Just for Fun – Piecing Progress

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.

Q3 Just for Fun - Piecing Progress

Q3 Just for Fun – Piecing Progress

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!

16 thoughts on “Q3 Just for Fun {Piecing Progress}

  1. Dorothy says:

    I love this — both the block and the colors !!!
    Will you be selling the block pattern? I hope I hope 🙂

  2. Ooh, I am crushing on this. Your precision piecing is so impressive.

  3. Julie says:

    So much fun watching the GIF! Sorry, can’t help with the name. By the time it’s done, the quilt will reveal its name to you. That’s what happens at my house.

  4. I love the direction you’re headed with this!

  5. Stacey Rothchild says:

    I really liking the way this is coming together and the contrast in colors. This little difference showing the diamond in the middle is a nice touch. I thought of “Brightline” when you set a name. The yellow accents remind me of the new bright line rail in Central Florida.

  6. I like the block, and those fabrics are so fun! I do agree that the last little stitch and flip brings it all together. This is really looking good!

  7. Kate says:

    It’s fun to see how you came up with the final layout. Adding that last flip corner really makes a difference. Have fun stitching this weekend. Hopefully your chores go quickly and you can sew a lot.

  8. patty says:

    Very fun project!

  9. Missie says:

    Excellent! I love your work!

  10. aquilterstable says:

    oh it was fun to read through your process and I really like the addition of those stitch-and-flip corners too. Love the lime with the blue!

  11. Its funny, I had done something like this and right away I was wondering how that piecing was going to work. Love the little triangles you added to complete the lime green diamond!

  12. Karen Blankenship-Wood says:

    I really like this block, especially with the addition of the lime (or is it pickle) diamond shape. It’s amazing how that little stitch n flip corner makes such a huge difference.

  13. Liz W says:

    I am really crushing on this color palette! Stunning, and so different from the solid stuff you usually do. Love it!

  14. This block is really striking. I love the extra zing that the stitch and flip corner provides.

  15. Kaja says:

    I really love this one!

  16. Blown away!! The colors and the contrast on this one are SO amazing!!!

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