Working Away on Orca Bay

This is a REALLY busy time of year with preparations for Christmas, TCU football games, a couple of weddings to attend, parties, lunches, church activities and making special time to spend with grandchildren.  So I only had a few hours on Saturday to start on Part 3 of Quiltville’s Orca Bay Mystery Quilt.  Part 3 was released Friday morning with instructions on making 2 inch half square triangles – 350 of them!  That is a “whale” of a lot of half square triangles! 😉

So I started with my Easy Angle ruler and chain stitched a bunch.

I measured carefully to make sure they were coming out to the required 2 inch size.

As I was working away, I glanced up at the peg board I have on the wall above my sewing area and there I see these Star Singles:

So I had this brilliant idea that I should use these.  After all I had used them for my Ocean Waves quilt, they were quick and easy, and very accurate.  So I made 32 blocks using the Star Singles – there are 8 on each foundation paper and I did 4 foundation papers before I cut and pressed them.  Then I noticed – they were all 2 1/2 inches – the finished size of the block is 2 inches.  They were all a half inch too big!  So I spent some time cutting them all down to the correct size.  Not such a brilliant idea after all!  In all I made 72 blocks before life took over and I had to abandon my sewing room.

It’s a good start and I’m hoping to find more time to work on them this week.  And this time, I will use the Easy Angle and not stray to other “quick and easy” methods.

Have a great week, y’all!

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3 thoughts on “Working Away on Orca Bay

  1. I love your fabrics. They have so much energy. I am using a lot of black and whites for my neutrals. Not much color in my blacks.

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