My blocks this week are found on pages 10, 11, and 61.
The first block is called Windblown Square on page 10. I made this block following the instructions. I liked the instructions for this block, but I would recommend sewing it together using a scant 1/4" seam allowance.
The second block is the Cakestand Block on page 11. This block I made using different half square triangle methods. For the center, large square, I cut 1-4" background square and 1-4" blue square.
I used the method where you draw a diagonal line and sew 1/4" on both sides of the line. Here is one place it is shown:
After you cut on the line, square up the HST to 3 1/2". It makes two HSTs instead of one, but to me, it's worth it.
For the small HSTs, cut two 2 1/2" squares of the background and two 2 1/2" squares of the color. Square up the HSTs to 2".
Having to square up the HSTs, makes a better HST. On such a little block, the points of my Cakestand look pretty good.
I appliqued the pineapple stem first. My stem looks pretty funky, but I am okay with that, Then I appliqued the pineapple. The pineapple was easy, deceptively so. Because the pineapple was so easy, I attempted the scallop. That was a mistake. It almost killed me.
Halfway through the scallops, I thought I was going to die. It felt like the last half mile of a half marathon. In a half marathon, the last part, I have to talk myself through each block. Each block feels like a mile. The same was true of the scallops. Each little tiny scallop felt like an eternity. I kept telling myself, "I can sew one scallop. Just one." Somehow, I finished.
It was just one block. I survived. If you like the pineapple, you will survive too. If you don't love the pineapple, then I suggest you skip it. Sorry Marion and Natalie!
Be sure to post your blocks on the flickr group (https://www.flickr.com/groups/2757685@N24/)!