A few days ago I showed you a peek at my latest project here. This weekend I began work on the body of the quilt using my favorite new tool, Stitching Lines. They are SO easy to use and so accurate, not to mention the fact that you don't have to spend time drawing lines on your fabric! The quilt calls for 84 hourglass blocks which is a lot of half square triangles! Here is the first step - a light or medium square placed right sides together with a dark square. I always oversize my squares so I can square them up later. Stitching Lines are placed on one side with the dark line centered on the diagonal. You sew on the dotted line, 1/4 " from either side of the center line. I shorten my stitch length a tad so the paper tears easier.
After the paper is torn away, you cut between each stitched line to get your HST's.
Then you pair up different HST's and repeat the first step using Stitching Lines.
After I've cut them apart, squared them up and pressed, here are some of my hourglass blocks! Visit Mary, the inventor of Stitching Lines, at her blog for more tips on using this great product! Mr. Squash decided his back was feeling much better, so we took advantage of a beautiful Saturday and went fly fishing -- first time in a couple of months! Here he is below casting into a lovely deep pocket.
Click on the photo below and you can get an idea of how quickly the colors are changing! In fact, I think the reds and oranges got deeper as the day wore on!
Toward the end of the day we separated - I went back the way we came to retrieve my jacket which I had taken off and hidden when it got warmer as well as the car and picked up Mr. Squash further down the road. On my way back up the river, I cast into a spot where Mr. Squash had earlier gotten a fish on, but it got off before he landed it. So as not to be accused of an "alleged fish", I took a photo of the little guy who apparently liked my Adams Parachute fly better than the earlier nymph! Of course I put him back in the river so he could grow much larger!