Now that I have all of my Chevron blocks finished for the Celtic Solstice Mystery of Bonnie Hunter's (you can see them here) , it gave me the excitement of trying to complete the next step: Birds in the Air.
This block includes the left over half square triangles from Step 3: Pinwheels.
I made...hmm... I don't know how many I made. All I know is that I made a lot of them. And I found an easy way to make them by using the Magic 8 technique for making half-square triangles. Making 8 half-square triangles at one time is such a time saver, and, with this method, there are no bias edges. You can find the tutorial here.
I showed my finished "Birds in the Air" block to my Facebook friends. One of them asked me if I cut everything out at one time, or if I cut, sew, and make a block; cut, sew, and make a block. I always cut everything out at one time. Cutting out at one time is such a time saver for me. I was anxious to see if my sewing had accurate seams on the first one just to see if I needed to make any adjustments. I would rather my units be too big rather than too little, so I did move my needle over more than what I would at a scant 1/4". However, I made sure my needle went through the "x" in the seam between the half-square triangle and the blue wing. Sewing it that way means that my point is perfect. When I used my square up ruler, the block was a little bit bigger than 3 1/2", so I trimmed and now it's a perfect 3 1/2" square. If the other 165 are perfect 3 1/2" squares I will be one happy busy little quilter!
I hope to finish as many as I can this weekend in between working in the yard, and going to two graduation parties.
I am linking this post to Friday Night With Friends
and at Kim's Sewjo Saturday.