Monday, 3 December 2018

Good Fortune - Part 2

It's the second week of Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune mystery quilt.


This week we made blue and white half square triangles.

Blue is probably my favourite colour, so I had a lots of blues in my stash to chose from.

After seeing all that red dye last week, I decided to prewash the blues too.

I also had a number of low volume prints with hints of blue on them, so I've used up some of them too.


I prefer to make my half square triangles (HST) by cutting squares 1" bigger than the finished size of the block.  I then mark a diagonal line with a ruler, and sew 1/4" either side of it.  I cut down the line and then press the two halves open.  I use my Bloc loc ruler and my rotating cutting board to trim up my HSTs.


Bonnie suggested a couple of methods in her blog post for making HSTs, but I'm comfortable with the method I've been using for some years now.

I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter's linky party here.  You can see everyone else's progress if you take a look at Bonnie's post on her Quiltville blog.

9 comments:

mangozz said...

Nice blues and reds! (I checked out your previous post too) This is the 4th year I've been doing Bonnie's mystery quilts. There are always lots of pieces, but the instructions are always clear, I always learn something new and it uses up a good chunk of stash. It is also loads of fun quilting along with so many others, sharing progress and seeing other color combos. You won't be disappointed!

Alison V. said...

Your blocks look great! I prefer this method to make HSTs too but did have to make a few the "Bonnie" way to make the best use of my scraps this time around.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

So many good songs with the word blue...blue skies, shining on me, nothing but blue (fabric), do I see...

Karrin Hurd said...

Blue is my favorite color too. Love yours!

Tammy said...

I use this traditional method as well. FYI, whatever finished size you are going for, add 7/8 inch to your square. For instance, if you want a 2" finished HST, cut the squares 2 7/8." Good luck with Good Fortune.

JanineMarie said...

Your method makes such delicious slivers! When I trim off slivers like that I throw them in a pretty bowl or vase, and they become a fun decoration while I’m working on a project.

Natureluvr57 said...

That's how I make my HST's and I think the Bloc Loc and rotating mat are so useful in getting them just right. That hump made it hard to square up using a regular flat ruler. They are rather expensive but after struggling trying to square up hundreds of 2 1/2" HST blocks for pinwheels I invested in one and love it, wish I broke down and bought it when I first started because I'm not remaking all the slightly wonky ones.

barbara woods bewtjw@gmail.com said...

your's is looking good, wish I had time to start it now but Christmas sewing is way behind

Julie Fukuda said...

A wonderful combination of blues! Love it so far.