Wednesday Wait Loss 42: Bee Blocks and Giveaway!

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss!

To all my US friends--Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

So...nothing to show on the Halloween quilt. I've been working every day at the quilt shop and haven't gotten to it. I did however, get back to my bee blocks. I'm so far behind it's really embarrassing!

Let's see. This one you've seen. It's for Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch, and she was Hive Queen in September. I got it done, even posted about it, then didn't mail it. My sewing room ate it! <grin> Anyway, I found it recently and couldn't believe it. Sorry Jen!

Janice @ Color, Creating, and Quilting was Hive Queen for October and she asked for this block. Janice likes brights and scrappy, so with this block, it was anything goes.

I made the block in early October and posted about it and Jen's block here. What I knida forgot about when selecting my fabrics is that Janice was looking for high contrast. Alas, my block may be pretty, but it's kinda a mess as far as seeing the pattern goes. So I set it aside.

Little did I know that it was going to be a month before I could get back to it. By this time, I'd also learned that Janice asked for two blocks since hers finish at only 8". As you can tell, the block uses lots of HSTs, and Janice provided cutting directions for the Eight at a Time HST method. I've got a full tutorial (just click the link), but for those unfamiliar with the method, here's the quick and dirty.

Start with two 5-3/4" squares. Mark both diagonals on the back of the lighter square.

Put the squares right sides together and sew 1/4" away from the two lines on either side.  Cut the sewn squares apart by cutting on the two diagonal lines and also cutting north and south (straight down and straight across.

This gives you eight matching HSTs! Now here's something even more cool--a fast way to trim them! My tutorial includes steps on how to do that, but I also have a separate tutorial just for trimming if you click here. Here's the nitty gritty:

Basically, you need a special ruler called the Quilt in a Day Triangle Square Up ruler. It comes in two sizes, so get the size that suits the size HSTs you typically make--6 1/2" and under or 9 1/2" and under. I have both because I don't like using the big ruler to trim tiny 1 1/2" HSTs (although you can use it to do that if you want).

Don't want to buy a special ruler? No biggie. My tutorial shows you how to use a regular ruler instead.

Anyway, don't press open your HSTs. Instead, place the appropriate line on the ruler on the seam line (yes, the seam and not the edge) and trim. My two 5 3/4" squares resulted in eight 2 1/2" unfinished HSTs (finishing at 2") so I put the seam line on the ruler's 2 1/2" line and trimmed the two sides. You can also align the seam and one side of your triangle and trim only one side.

After trimming, just press open your HSTs and you're done! You can also trim the dog ears before pressing by simply flipping the triangle upside down, aligning the seam on the 2 1/2" line again, and trimming like this.

Aren't they lovely?

Anyway, using the Eight HSTs at a Time method, I made these two blocks for Janice.

I'm still going to send her the original block in case she wants to use it.

Now that you know what I've been doing, let's see what you're up to! First, it's time for our weekly feature.

Wednesday Wait Loss

This week I want to feature two relative newbies to Wednesday Wait Loss. First up is Marsha @ Marsha's Spot, who is the yo-yo queen! Just look at this lovely quilt top she's assembling!

Next is Angie @ A Quilting Reader's Garden. Garden indeed. Take a look at this wonderful mini quilt! Please visit Marsha and Angie to see more of their gorgeous handwork.

Click here to view last week's list of link ups. They are not to be missed!

Angie Palmateer Point mini quilt 2.jpg

Congratulations Marsha and Angie! Here's an "I Was Featured" button for your blogs.

Wednesday Wait Loss Featured

It's time to link up your WIPs and recent finishes, but first let me remind you of my giveaway - 6 fat quarters from the Starlight collection by Windham Fabrics. You'll get one chance for every WIP or finished quilt you link up this week and every week in November--up to three chances every week. (US residents only please.)

So link up your projects--up to three! And maybe you'll take home these wonderful fat quarters. I'll announce the winner December 6th.

If you need help linking up, click here for detailed steps. If you run into difficulties, just email me your link.

Here are some quick reminders:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
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Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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