I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 61, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 23. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

PAT MADE ME DO IT!

I just couldn't stop myself.....  I read Pat's blog post HERE about how she made her HST's for the AFA quilt-along and I wanted to make another block immediately!  Pat shows how to make the 8 HST blocks by placing two 12" squares together and marking the diagonals and sewing across the diagonals and then cutting everything apart to yield the HST's - fabulous!!   Very accurate with just a smidgen of trimming to do.

I've been collecting Batiks for some years now, with the plan to make a quilt for my guest room in a Polynesian theme.  The AFA quilt will look great in batiks!  So late today I put two 12" squares together (I know.... orange and green AGAIN!) and drew my lines.  I used my Singer 201K again - did I mention how I love to sew on this machine?



Sorry the photo of the block is a little dark - I was so keen to show you!!  If I used the flash on the camera, the block looked washed out.  I'll take a better pic tomorrow to post on the Quilting Gallery site.

Thank you Pat !   I love this method!

If you are a long time follower of my blog, you may recall that my hubby and I lived in Papua New Guinea and American Samoa many years ago.  So that's why I want to make a Polynesian theme quilt - perhaps I should be calling it my Island theme quilt as PNG is Melanesian.


A much younger ME !  markets in Rabaul I think.


My Mum visited, photo taken in a traditional Fale in Samoa

The next block in the AFA quilt-along will be posted soon, can't wait to see what we are sewing next!

Cheers!
Helen



5 comments :

  1. Great work Helen, they are much easier that way the HST, those pictures remind me of when I was young and lived in PNG, have fun!!

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  2. sooo... you are getting 2 of the quilts done... lovely.... I have done smaller hst's that way....
    lovely png pictures... what a great experience...
    Hugz

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  3. great pics and lovely blocks Helen.xx

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  4. I'll definitely be trying the new method of HSTs.
    Lillian

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  5. Love it. You can never go wrong with batiks!

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