working on something FOR the shop.
This past Sunday, I gave myself a "play-day". Ever since Teresa and I envisioned the HST
stencil, we've looked for ways to simplify traditional blocks using squares and HST's.
Here, I'm playing with the Stars and Cubes Block. First published in the early 20th century in
The Household Management Journal of Batavia, IL.
This block requires 32 HST units. (Exactly what our l", l-l/2", 2", and 2-1/2" stencils yield.)
I chose the 2" finished HST stencil, crisp whit and Cotton & Steel's pink Mochi fabric.
Then I cut one white and one pink 12-1/2" square, and marked the white one with the entire
After that, I cut (8) pink 2-1/2" squares, (12) white 2-1/2" squares and (4) 6-1/2" squares.
I first sewed all 19 of the flying goose units. After setting the seams, I sprayed with Flatter
as I pressed the blocks. (It lives up to it's name and helps to relax the fabric and make the
seam lie flatter.)
Then I made 6 pairs of pink squares.
I laid out the pieces as they will be sewn and made the 8-1/2" units when sewn together.
Then it's just a matter of joining the units to complete the block.
Since, I've cut lots of HOUSE Templates for the Good Neighbors quilt....I ran through parts and
pieces of houses as leaders and enders.
After sewing this block with squares and HST's, I would write future directions using (4) 2-1/2 x
4-1/2" rectangles and (1) 4-1/2" square to eliminate extra seams.
Here's my finished block.
I also included a shot of my design wall, sewing station and ironing boar snuggled right beside