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Now that my Christmas presents are finished, I’ve started working on a UFO project for my husband that’s been in the works for several years.

I drew these paper-pieced blocks on my computer when I was learning to use Powerpoint many years ago.  It’s my own design, and I called it “Strip Stripe.”

If I had it to do again, though, I would sew these strips together and then sub-cut into units instead of paper piecing.  But…I didn’t know how to do that back then.

It stayed at this stage for a long time.  It wasn’t large enough, but I couldn’t decide how to proceed.  I wanted more than plain borders.

I had a lot of fabric remnants and scraps left over, so I decided to make a half-square triangle border.  And that’s where we are now!  This photo was taken this morning.

There will be two more borders — one thin border to set off the triangles, and then a wider border to frame the whole project.

Happy Quilting!

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I’m back to making half-square triangles this week.  There are so many shades of colour in my focus fabric that I thought it would be nice to have a wider range of colours in my bear paws, as well.  I’m making the Bears in the Farmhouse pattern by Judy Laquidara.

Here are the additional green “claws”:

and more amethyst “claws”:

The focus fabric is the 1997 Hoffman Challenge fabric, called “Kaleidoscope.”

Later on in the pattern, I will also need some larger half-square units, so I have started making those, too, to be sure that I have enough fabric for a nice variety of fabrics in both sets.

As a result, I now have many more HSTs than I will need for one quilt, so I am thinking about making two quilts of the same pattern, at the same time.   I could keep one and give one, or we could have two matching quilts for twin beds in a guest room someday.

I hope that plan is not too ambitious…but if I have the whole year to finish, it might work out fine.

To see how others in our group are progressing, please visit their blogs listed under “Challenge Participants” in the blog roll.

Happy Quilting!

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I have finished sewing together my 192 half-square triangles — finally!  Now I just have to trim them down to the proper size and starting assembling the little “paws.”

I am using a Bear’s Paw pattern called “Bears in the Farmhouse,” designed by Judy Laquidara.

If you would like to visit other quilters sewing along with this Challenge, they are listed in my blog roll under “Challenge Participants.”

Happy Quilting!

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It’s the end of the second week of the “Too Good to Cut” challenge, and I am still making half-square triangles.  There are going to be lots of these — I need 192 of them!

I also cut my “Kaleidoscope” focus fabric this week.  It was very exciting and not difficult at all!  It feels good to have a definite plan for using this cherished 1997 Hoffman Challenge fabric at long last.

If you would like to visit other quilters sewing along with this Challenge, they are listed in my blog roll under “Challenge Participants.”

Happy Quilting!

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It’s the end of the first week of the “Too Good to Cut” Challenge.  How is everyone doing so far?

I’ve made a good start on my half-square triangles.

This may not be the fastest or most efficient way of making HSTs, but it’s very accurate, and I enjoy doing them this way.  And I’m in no hurry.  😉  Here is a tutorial for this method.

I haven’t cut the Hoffman fabric yet, but I will!   That’s the next step in the pattern after making the HSTs.

If you’d like to share your progress, please post your link in the comments section.

Happy Quilting!

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Here are my half-square triangles for Judy’s “Bears in the Farmhouse” Quilt- Along.

diannes-half-square-triangles

I used a free pattern template from the World Wide Quilting Page to make my triangles.  They have several different size templates available (more…)

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