Last week I told you I started working on HSTs for Anthony’s quilt. This week I am still working on them but I’m making progress. There are 460 of them! I have about half the blocks made and I started sewing them into rows because I needed a break from making all those blocks!
Once I got some of the rows sewn, I just had to start putting them together to see how the top is going to look. I must say, I really like the way this is looking right now.
The top is too big for my wall, so it’s laying on top of my bed.
I’m doing a few things differently than I normally do in making a quilt top. First, I am using lots of starch on the blocks and the rows. I will sometimes use starch on my fabric but it’s not something I feel I always have to do. Let me say, it sure has made a difference in piecing these rows together. The starch gives the fabric just a little bit of stiffness which makes it easier to work with.
Second, I am trying to be sure I press and not iron to prevent any stretching and distortion of the fabric. I usually just iron all over my blocks, because really, who wants to take the time to press? I have to admit though, it seems to be working for me because everything is going together beautifully. Huh.
I have also been chain piecing the blocks together which makes the rows come together fast. I usually don’t chain piece because I’m always worried I’ll get the blocks out of order. But I am quickly becoming a fan.
Not all the points are perfectly aligned in this top but they are darn close. I haven’t lost any of the points so that’s a positive. I was kind of worried about that when I first started, but I am so pleased with the way this looks – I can’t wait to finish it. But I don’t want to rush it; I just want to enjoy the process.
So this is my crush for the week. What is yours? I would love to see what you are working on this week! 🙂 You can link up below – here is how: