I love watching the Olympics on tv. It is fun to see the opening ceremonies and all the entertainment. But I find myself holding my breath for the athletes while they compete! They have worked so hard for so many years for that one moment, and I can't help but hope they are able to do their personal best. Maybe it's just the mother in me, but I do find myself really pulling for them.
I was so inspired while watching the Olympics this weekend that I started a new project. Red, white and blue of course! It all started with some half square triangles. First I cut lots of 3" strips.
Then I used my ruler to cut the triangles. I had already layered the colors facing each other.
I pre-trimmed the corners before I took the triangles to the machine.
It was so easy just to pick up the pairs of triangles and chain feed them into the machine. ( Maybe I should change the silver glitter nail polish to gold for the Olympics? )
No pinning necessary, I just keep a finger or scissor tip on the bottom corner to keep them from shifting.
These babies add up quickly!
Then the pressing is simple, lots of tv viewing and pressing simultaneously. And nothing to trim because that was done beforehand!
Then the play begins. I had seen this block in a book of antique blocks and wanted to give it a try. I knew if I made it entirely from half square triangles, there would be no need for set in seams.
It's a great way to use up some scraps too! Now I need to sew these little units together! Luckily, there is lots more Olympics viewing to be had. I wonder if I can finish the quilt before the closing ceremonies? I'm glad I not competing, I think I'll just take my time.
Go Team USA! (and all the athletes from every country!)
Enjoy every event!