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Bigfork Bay Cotton Company is a full service, brick and mortar quilt shop, as well as a retail/wholesale pattern business. You can view our pattern line on our website, but on a more personal level, we'd like to invite you into our shop and share with you the joy of quilting in our corner of the world!

Friday, November 6, 2009


This block is a great way to use up small squares cut from your stash (see previous post). One great idea passed along to me from a coworker is to keep a basket of your squares next to you at all times when you are piecing other blocks. Instead of using odd pieces from your garbage for your "starties" and "stoppies", pick up a pair of these squares and sew them together whenever you stop some other piecing. Then just place them back in the basket. You can either pick up another pair next time, or add on to the pair you've already sewn together!

Now, it looks like there are eight half square triangles in each block. But you can not piece them as individual half square triangles or they will turn out too small. Instead, treat them as you would if you were making flying geese with the flip and sew method.

First, sew two colored squares together.

Sew one background square on the diagonal, flip, trim and press.

Repeat for the other side.

There's no special trick to putting these projects together. The tablerunner is quick and easy, and of course you can make it as long as you want! For the inner border, you will want to cut your strips 1 1/2 inches. That way the math will work out to be able to use your squares for the outer border also. If you choose to use a print for the outer border, you can make the inner border any size you like!

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