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How's every one's weather? It snowed here in East Central Missouri this past week. It kind of helped me with my Christmas Spirit!
My Christmas tree in the living room.
(Sorry the star is cut off! I can't even blame the wind for that one! LOL)
I still have 3 quilts left to bind for gifts, and then I will be done with my projects for Christmas gift giving! It's a good thing I breezed through PART 3 of Bonnie's mystery this weekend, so I can complete those gifts this week!
For the small version of Celtic Solstice, we were to make 200 2 inch unfinished half square triangles of gold (my silver), and orange (my red). Bonnie suggested to use the Easy Angle Ruler and 2" strips to make these, but, I confess, I went with another method.
Someone in the Facebook splinter group Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mentioned a technique I have used before to make half square triangles and I decided to go with it.......
Let's take a photo journey of PART 3, shall we?
First, I cut 3 1/4" squares of my reds and silver scraps.
I then chain pieced them at random, right sides together, on all four sides using a 1/4" seam.
See the stitching on all four sides? Such EASY chain piecing.....MY FAVORITE!
Then with my rotary cutter I cut an "X" right through the middle of the square using the stitching as my guide.
Here I am cutting the other half of the "X".
Pretty nifty, eh? Four, count them, FOUR half square triangles using this method!
There are several other methods out there to make multiple half square triangles using similar techniques. Research which method works best for you, and go for it!
Some people may be concerned about bias using this particular method? I have to be honest, I didn't have one problem with it, but, then again, I am NOT a perfectionist! ;-)
These little soldiers are ready to be turned into.........
Half square triangles!
The seam is pressed toward the red (Bonnie's orange) as instructed.
And yes, I even used steam!
The quilt police are really gonna hate that one! LOL
Oh, how I LOVE variety!
Do you see the "Celtic Confetti" made from the cut off dog ears to the right of the tray of half square triangles? We were to make 25 pinwheel blocks with 100 of the half square triangles and leave the remaining ones for a future clue......hmmmmmm........I wonder what they are going to be used for????
Not so bad, if I do say so myself! I personally see some highlights and low lights in these pinwheels...do you? Sparkle is what I like to see when I lay out my units in groups like this!
I hope you are enjoying whatever you are doing this blessed time of year!
And as always,
Thanks for ALL of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter