Friday, May 2, 2014

Getting My Sewjo Going

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. 

Happy Quilting!  



  1. Neat! Thanks for sharing the tut link. What a fab way to make HSTs.

  2. Looks like a fun quilt to work on! Beautiful colors together too.


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