Today I had the privilege of spending the day with Pat Speth of “Nickel Quilt” fame.
Her “Nickel” method is this…..
Start with two 5 inch squares, one light and one dark..
Draw a diagonal line on one of the fabrics and then sew a scant 1/4 inch seam on each side of the diagonal….
The VERY best part about this method is that you only square-up ONE square and yet end up with four perfectly sized patches.
These can be used for any block that uses this combination of squares.
My first block came out looking like this…..
At the end of the day, I had put together 10 blocks and am happy with this start to my next project….. Pat also showed us how to use her 5 inch squares to make picket fence blocks, hourglass blocks and combination blocks with half square and quarter square blocks.
In looking at this technique, I really like the idea, but think that I might prefer to start with 5-1/2 inch squares, trim to 5 inch and make the sub-cuts at 2-1/2. This seems to be a format and size that fits me better.
Now for this next photo, we couldn’t decide if this was cute or just creepy. Sherry had a stuffed bear that her Mother had made many years ago. Not really knowing what to do with it, she turned it into a pincushion……