Thursday, October 3, 2013

Faithful Quiltalong- Let's Go!

I feel like I've not been very organized, but I'm ready now for the quiltalong. How about you? Let's go!!
We are going to get this far on this step. You say it doesn't match?? Nope, it sure doesn't. Look at the quilt in my header. It is goofy, crazy, and really doesn't match. I'm using bits and pieces that I had leftover from that quilt. I want you to make a little quilt that you will love using fabric or scraps that make you happy.

Start with any 6 1/2" block.
For the first border use/cut two- 1 1/2" x6 1/2" strips and add to opposite sides of the center block. Cut/use two 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips and add to the other two sides. Press toward the border. It should measure 8 1/2" square.

Now we need a variety of scrappy half square triangles. (36 actually) If you want to make many the same use this method. 

Here's a fast way to get a big variety using scraps or your 2" square bin.
 Pair up 2 squares, right sides together. (these are 2")
 Draw a line diagonally through the center,
 Sew on each side of the line.
 Cut in two on the drawn line.
Trim to 1 1/2" using your favorite method. Make 36.
Add 8 hst to each side of the center.

Add 10 to each of the other sides. Your block should measure 10 1/2" square. Put on your design wall and admire your work!!

It's Thursday and there are 3 days before running my first marathon. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was nervous. I'm excited too and looking forward to resting already!!

Hugs to you all. Have a lovely weekend.


  1. I really like that quilt, great choice for a quilt-along. We are traveling for a couple weeks, I will enjoy watching your progress!

  2. You are giving me a great excuse to sit in my chair. Here I go!

  3. I love the name for thIs quiltalong. Good luck with your marathon!! You are amazing!

  4. Oh, I want to get going on this right now! But it will have to wait a couple of weeks until I return.
    I wish you well on your marathon! I admire your determination to accomplish this goal!

  5. Lori, where's your QAL button for our blogs? I think you have finally started the one quilt I can't resist.:)

  6. HSTs are ready to square,then to make a 6 inch block. This will be fun, thank you Lori. Wishing you well running your first marathon. You'll do great!

  7. Okay I'm going to do it... in advance of our swap for next year. I love your quilt so this will be fun! I am very confident you will do great on your marathon! You have trained so hard!

  8. Good luck on your marathon Lori!! You're amazing!!

  9. More ways to use up all of those Bonus HST's that Bonnie helped me acquire... Looks like Fun.

  10. What a great fun quilt. I have a bunch of HSTs I need to use up.

  11. I love this... will be printing instructions as they become available, to make this in the future! Happy marathon running! You go girl!

  12. que buena idea, en tiempo futuro lo tengo que hacer,
    tengo demasiadas cosas entre manos
    disfruta del maratón

  13. Love your scrappy colors. YOU ARE GOING TO DO GREAT ON YOUR FIRST MARATHON!!!

  14. I'm working on my block, will we have a linky show to go along with the first blocks?
    Good luck on your marathon......what time are you shooting for?

    Happy Sewing

  15. i'm wishing you well as you prepare for and run your marathon. i know that you are going to absolutely 'kick ass'~!!

    still considering my middle block but clearly i better get it figured out already . . . if i were to make more half square triangle units then i needed for this border is it safe to assume that i will be able to use them later on in the quilt? not that i'm an over achiever but i would like to try for more variety within that first border and as each pair of squares gives two matching units i think i might like to save at least some of them for later on in the quilt.

    have an outstanding weekend Lori.


  16. Thanks for the new quiltalong! All the best for the marathon - run well!!

  17. Enjoy the marathon. You have my admiration.

  18. while you are out running, I will be sewing some little triangles and sending you good thoughts and prayers

  19. Lori, it's perfectly scrappy and i love it!! i really want to join in, i've just gotta make a decision on the centre block.
    I hope you pulled up ok after the marathon yesterday.. you must be exhausted, i know i am just thinking about it!! cheers... Marian

  20. Very cute block/QAL…Best wishes and good luck on your marathon.

  21. Good lluck on your marathon. I will be thinking of you.

  22. I was a bit skeptical at the outset but found an ugly farmer's wife block that is the right size, added the borders but not until I added the hsq's was I committed. I love it. I can't wait for the next instalment. LOL. Hope your marathon went well.

  23. I'm dying did your marathon go?
    Were you able to finish?

    Hope all is well and you are resting up for more
    Happy Sewing

  24. Thanks for the Quilt -Along. I found an ugly block, and wound up making a fall colored block. Mine is posted on my

  25. I had a little time and energy this AM. I grabbed a handful of scraps and weird fabrics others would throw away. My block is GORGEOUS. Thank you. You're an inspiration as always. This is SO easy! It looks immensely difficult, but not thinking is the key...don't go matchy-matchy. Play and use happy fabrics.



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