I have a new quilt pattern that I have been working on for quite some time. For months, I have wanted to make a brown and pink quilt and call it Chocolate Covered Cherries. I messed around with designs in EQ8 and wasn’t happy with the results, but there was a retreat coming up last fall and I needed something to do. I decided that at the very least, I would need some half square triangles. So, using the Moda Cake Mix papers set #3, I cut squares of pink fabric, and paired those up with a variety of browns, milk chocoalate to dark chocolate. The browns came from a layer cake along with some yardage that I cut into 10-inch squares. The lighter color tans on the left side of the picture below will be nougat squares.
Pairing up a pink 10-inch square with the chocolate color squares, pin a cake mix sheet to the top.
Sew on the lines.
Now cut apart using a rotary cutter. Begin with cutting the edges off.
Cut the straight lines, then the diagonals.
Cut all the lines without moving the pieces. In a flash, there are 18 HSTs, all trimmed to exact size, no squaring needed.
Crease the paper on the sewn line, and tear away the paper.
Continue until they are all done.
Press to the chocolate side.
Continue with another set. It took less than five minutes to sew and cut one sheet, about 10 minutes to remove the paper and press. There are still little ears on the units, and I just left them for expediency. You could snip them off as you go.
I was at the retreat last October for several hours, setting up you can see this side of the retreat area was for quilters like me working on their own projects.
On the other side of the auditorium area were quilters all working on a quilt along using the same pattern.
I spent more than half my time there talking with friends, watching the quilt along and checking on its progress, having lunch, looking at the quilts others were working on, helping with a block arrangement, sharing the chocolate I brought as inspiration and just enjoying the time with friends. And yet, I came home with 252 HSTs!!
I went back to the drawing program knowing I had plenty of HSTs to do whatever design I wanted. I have now finished the design, and made several blocks so I know I like it. Of course, once I got the design done, I wanted it a bit bigger, so I made another 108 HSTs with six cake mix papers. I began assembling more blocks, then decided instead of 30 blocks, I could do 42 so my quilt would be 6×7 blocks. Yes, back to the machine for another group of HSTs. But, it only took an afternoon to get that many more, this method is so fast!
If you want to quilt along, I’ll be showing the pattern in April, and will have a special deal for readers prior to its release for sale. You can get Moda Cake Mix papers set #3 with this affiliate link at Fat Quarter Shop. You’ll need 12 HSTs for each block, to give you an idea of how many you will need, using your favorite method. The blocks are 8 inches finished. Oh, and there is a perfect layer cake on sale this week at Fat Quarter Shop for those who love batiks, all browns – Caramel Bali Crackers Layer Cake. There’s a selection of pinks and browns in Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month 20% Off Bedrock by Windham Fabrics
Are you quilting something fun? Wanna quilt along?