Gnashing teeth and hair pulling.

I bought a few new fabrics recently, intending to add in some from my stash and make a baby quilt.

Grouping #1


I think I have a plan for the above – just have to make up my mind and get cutting

Grouping #2

the first 3 fabrics below on the left have been in my stash for a few years now. I just love that plaid and would like to work it into a quilt. All I remember about it is that it is from a collection called wovens – the store I bought it from, Pink Chalk Studio, was a favourite and isn’t even in business anymore. Time to use it up !


So… did I get started on a baby quilt…


Well, umm, no. I started fooling around with a cool paper piecing block and colour/print choices. The paper piecing pattern is called All Squared Up and is available for free on Quilters Cache.



I was having some trouble getting that yellow triangle piece to work out properly without using a huge piece of fabric. In desperation I came up with these rough templates :


Hopefully you can see my scribbled notes on the scraps of paper. I traced the lines from the paper piecing pattern to make the templates.Then they were put right side up on the wrong side of the fabric. I cut the fabric on the rough lines about a half inch around the templates. It was important to indicate which side of the triangle was the stitching side. They worked really well and saved me fabric and a lot of gnashing of teeth and hair pulling ! 😉


Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks !

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allisonreidnem
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 16:13:28

    It was definitely worth persevering with the block and the fabrics you’ve chosen really bring it to life. I haven’t done much foundation piecing but I do find the amount of fabric that is wasted a bit uncomfortable – same with crazy patchwork.



    • Colleen
      Jul 02, 2015 @ 05:25:25

      Thanks Allison ! The yellow fabric is kind of special so the waste was really bothering me. I guess that was a good thing though because it pushed me to find a solution. Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts had some info on how to do it but I wasn’t understanding the reverse template idea until I had to work through it myself.



      • allisonreidnem
        Jul 02, 2015 @ 08:57:53

        Yes I read that post and found it difficult to follow – I definitely need to have the pieces in front of me to be able to follow instructions properly (does that make me a visual learner?)


    • Colleen
      Jul 02, 2015 @ 20:50:49

      lol,I had to look it up – I don’t know what I would do without Google !
      I am most certainly one of these:
      If you are a tactile learner, you learn by touching and doing. You understand and remember things through physical movement. You are a “hands-on” learner who prefers to touch, move, build, or draw what you learn, and you tend to learn better when some type of physical activity is involved.



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