New Orleans House Project

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Carpenter's Wheel Deux & Pink Playtime

Another week with a fair amount of creative playtime, but very little blogging.  I feel a little guilty about not blogging more during the week, but in my defense I work via computer all day.  By evening I often have computer overload and don't even want to read blogs and personal email!  I must do more to get blogs pre-written over the weekend, but in the meantime, I always enjoy Saturday because there's time for quilts AND blogging!

My project this week was to create another Carpenter's Wheel block using HSTs.  I wanted the block to be scrappy, so it took a little planning to get the right combination of fabrics in the half-square triangles.  I wrote down my steps as I went, but what I really need is a schematic to keep all the different HST combos straight.  I'm very pleased with the result and will be using this process to make additional Carpenter's Wheel blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I used 2 1/2" strips and the Easy Angle ruler; the block finishes at 16".

Just for comparison, here are the two Carpenter's Wheel blocks together.  The top version uses diamonds and requires lots of separate seams for all the set-in squares (aka Y seams).  The bottom version uses half-square triangles (HSTs) to create the illusion of diamonds.  Both techniques require careful cutting and precise piecing.  I found the HST version to be more streamlined, i.e. rotary cutter and sewing machine friendly!

I also took advantage of the last days of the month to create a few more blue RSC blocks.  On top, another 16 patch, as I had the cut squares on hand and 16 patches are such great pattern builders.  Center - another liberated star block; not quite as wonky as I'd like, but still a great scrap-buster.  Bottom:  the last Rainbow Sampler block for January, a 36 patch.

Getting a head start on February, I couldn't resist trying the first Rainbow Sampler block for February:  Baby Nines.  Baby Nines is right, those 9 patch blocks are made with 1" strips!  It was a fun challenge, but I don't think I want to make any more.  The aggravation is not so much in using small pieces, but in having to be accurate.  Crumb piecing and wonky log cabins with small pieces are a little easier, because accuracy is not part of the equation!
I've pulled out the pink crumbs and some small, folded scraps, but I don't have a lot of pink scraps to draw on this month.  That's OK, there's lots of pink fabric in the stash, so I guess I'll be making scraps this month!
There will be lots more pink inspiration from the other Rainbow Scrappers, so please join me in stopping by Angela's blog to see what everyone is up to!





13 comments:

  1. Really pretty pink fabrics in your scrap stash! Your blocks are gorgeous!

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  2. Your carpenters wheel block will grow quickly into a great quilt

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  3. Adorable Baby Nines! So glad you gave it a try, even if you didn't find it addictive. The Carpenter's Wheel block is great with your modifications. Hopefully it will go much more smoothly now.

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  4. Love the baby nines! Not till you get up close do you see there is a difference in the way you put the carpenter's wheel together. HST sure are great.

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  5. Your 16 patch blocks and star blocks would look great together in a quilt!

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  6. Your blocks look great! Love the Carpenter's Wheel! I just finished the pink nine patch block myself and it isn't the right size...little big! It was kind of a pain, but it is really cute! Not sure I will make another one, but if I do this one will be a mug rug!

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  7. Your Carpenters looks wonderful.

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  8. The Carpenter Wheels are amazing. I think I'd like working with HSTs better too.

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  9. I love it! The scrappiness is just beautiful. I understand about the overload...

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  10. Love your Carpenter Wheels! And thanks for your thoughts on making them with hst's. That's a block I'd like to make someday :) Your little pink blocks are adorable! My pink scraps were pretty slight too - lots of them I realized I didn't even care for, so out they go! Even the pinks in my stash were slim, not my favorite color I guess :)

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  11. Just catching up on RSC posts. I work 10hr days on computer too so it's more fun to sew when I get home from work. Love the Carpenter Stars and the 3D effect. I started some blocks years and years and years ago and never did finish enough for a quilt. A rainbow of them will be awesome.

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  12. great carpenters wheel block - always liked that one.
    Looking forward to seeing all the pinks blocks!

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