There’s only one more month left in the Clementine Quilt Along. I’m excited to soon have all the blocks I need to complete the quilt top, but I’m sad that this great project is coming to an end. But first, let’s take a look at month five: Pineapple’s Puzzle.
Tips & Tricks
There are some blocks that give you fits from the very beginning. This was one of those blocks for me. It started when I sewed my half-square triangles wrong sides together. Sewed about five that way before I realized what I was doing and had to pull out the seam ripper. As I was sewing together the individual blocks, I realized I had sewn some of the half-square triangles into the blocks upside down. So the seam ripper came back out so I could deconstruct to the last time the block was correct. That’s when I had to just put the blocks away for the night and try again the next day.
Needless to say, I don’t have any tips on making this block easier for you this month. I surely would have used them if I did! But I did make the most of using my background fabric this month and saved 7-3/4 inches! That means I’m up to 23-1/4 inches saved. That’s nearly a yard! Here’s how I did it:
- Since I’m using Kona solids for my background, I was able to cut two strips 3-3/8 inches for my squares instead of three.
- Then I cut two strips at 3 inches per the instructions for those squares. There was enough left from the second strip that I cut it down to 2-3/8 inches as the first of those strips.
- Cutting only one 2-3/8 inch strip was all that was necessary to get the remaining squares.
- I didn’t need to cut any 2 inch strips because I went to last month’s scraps to get my 2 inch squares.
For me that was a total of 7-3/4 inches saved.
And as always, I love taking a picture of my fabrics for quilts before I cut into them. It’s a nice way to see just how amazing what we do is.
Get Caught Up
If you’re just discovering this quilt along, I’ve shared tips and tricks each month. Take a look while you catch up!
The project’s hashtag is #clementinequiltalong, so share away to show the world your progress.
It’s hard to believe this QAL is nearing the end. Ugg, I have had sewing sessions that sound like your HST adventure. It’s best to just walk away – go read a book or something because it’s all downhill from there. ~smile~ Roseanne