Sunday, July 30, 2017

Not Working Harder....

just smarter!

Well, mostly! But more on that soon...

I've been making Month #5 block of "Delilah" quilt,

while "Alice" sits in a corner and sulks, 
because she didn't turn out as pretty as hoped!

I commented that these North Star blocks seem to 

take longer to cut out than piece.

So I thought I'd share how I managed to make the 

cutting a bit quicker.

I cut rectangles of each fabric 

(here are the measurements for each shape:)

T19- 2" x 5"
T20- 2" x 4"
T21- 2.75" x 5"

and layered them in groups of four, flipping the 

template as required.

Rotating these smaller pieces of fabric is much easier than turning oneself inside out cutting around all these corners!

Pressing seams open makes for a block that lays flat 


A completed block from the back....

and from the front!

This one is quite subtle, which I like!

This wasn't the smartest bit of sewing of the day.....

needless to say a bit of 'un-sewing' was required!

Ah, that's better!

Here are they are together,

and a group shot of all my blocks so far!

Two more of these to make and Month #5 is 


Happy sewing!



  1. Very smart :-) I love your blocks - the fabric combinations are so lovely! And all the blocks play so well together! Wonderful!

  2. I love the color palette you are using on your blocks!

  3. Those angles make my head spin, the one you had to redo, that would be me. I love your blocks and now wondering what I could make using my HRT die. Good job on figuring a better, smarter and safer way to make these blocks.

  4. Shortcuts that save time and sanity are key to happy sewing moments. And your blocks look fabulous as a result!

  5. Definitely smart thinking when making those blocks. And they are looking wonderful together. This is going to be a gorgeous quilt.

  6. Your blocks all look so pretty together! Loving your colour combos!

  7. It's wonderful when you can find tips to make cutting and sewing easier. I have a difficult time when templates are involved. Love all your Delilah blocks and the fabric combinations work so well together!


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