This month's Des Moines Modern Quilt Bee was chosen by Amy and is based on Melissa Corry's Star Value tutorial. There are forty half square triangles and twenty four squares in each 20" finished block! Happily, Amy furnished almost all of the 3 1/2" and 3" squares.
|It all started out well enough. |
I stitched up all the slightly oversized half square triangles as directed.
|They are trimmed to 3" square.|
|So I moved my needle one tiny position to make the seam allowance larger. You can see two seam lines stitched here. Since I pressed the seams to the side (and not open as I usually do) there was no need to remove the original stitching.|
|Bingo! 20 1/2"|
|Comparing the top half to the bottom half of this photo shows |
just how much unpieced blocks "shrink" when stitched together.
In this case 3 1/2" are lost since there are 7 seams across
every row and column.
It will be fun to see the blocks side by side at Thursday's
Des Moines Modern Quilt Group's meeting.
What will our next Bee block be??