Blockapalooza Block 16 “Curtain Call”

by Stephanie on March 18, 2011

in Blockapalooza 2011,Half-Square Triangles

Block-a-palooza Block 16 by Venus de Hilo

I made this one from some of the many 2.5″ squares and strips left over from making so many previous palooza blocks. Lots of different prints making a final “curtain call” here! Plus one new print that wasn’t used previously… can you find it?

I’ve had a blast creating so many different blocks from so many different players from the stash. I’m also glad this part of the quilt-along is done. Sixteen blocks was just a few too many, not because I lost interest, but because I do have some other things to be working on. Started feeling itchy to wrap this up several blocks ago. Maybe next time (if there is a next time) they can do a 12-block run?

In addition to making a ridiculous number of extra blocks (I’ll put together a mosaic of that as soon as I get this new one uploaded to flickr), I’ve also amassed a mountain of little extra half-square triangles. Although the ‘palooza tutorials taught many different ways of making flying geese, I routinely used the one where you sew a diagonal on the 2.5″ square, then sew again 1/2″ away on the “trim off” side, and cut between the two lines of stitching. This produces a little bonus HST unit from each side of the flying goose, and from each corner of an on-point-square unit or pinwheel.

They’ve added up to a big pile!

mini half-square triangles

Haven’t counted these yet, but must be 300 or so. I’m kicking myself for not having hadย the sense –way back in the beginning when I decided to produce as many of these as possible as I went along — to have put an index card in the ziplock baggie with them. If I’d noted how many I added to the bag with each block, it would be easy to total up.

Good quilting technique also requires, when I get around to using these, that I trim all those little dog-ears off. That’s not a chore I’m eager to undertake, but it could happen.

Don’t know what I’m going to do with these yet; I’m leaning toward an extravagant saw-tooth border for something, or maybe a scrappy feathered star? They make cute little pinwheels, as other ‘palooza participants have demonstrated, but I’m not a pinwheel fan. Don’t know why; that arrangement just doesn’t appeal to me much.

Whatever I end up doing with these, you know I’ll show it off to you here!

Do you have a big pile of these, too? What are you planning to do with yours?


1 jovita March 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

ooooh, i vote for the scrappy feathered star! i didn’t do the quilt along .. to many other projects but i collect these too and just started a mini from ones a friend gave me years ago :)

2 Karen March 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

I can’t find the fabric not previously used – hope you’ll clue us in later. My pile is little since I only started creating them towards the end, thanks to your blog. Love the header you created from the BBAP blocks. Saw tooth gets my vote.

3 teri March 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

I have a friend who made the cutest garland for her Christmas tree with fabric scraps. You know, if you put some stiffy stuff on them (or even starch) and strung them altogether with some embroidery thread, they’d be really cute (ad the dog ears could even stay!) You could even theme the tree with ing and make a few mini-blocks (from some of the hst’s–with raw edges and batting showing?) Then add some old wooden spools or spindles, tied with pretty ribbon. A mini-tree would be cutest, IMO… maybe just a big branch in a terra cotta pot. There’s my $.02. ๐Ÿ˜€

4 Stephanie March 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

So, you’ll post a picture on flickr or somewhere when you do all that next December? ๐Ÿ˜‰
Sounds adorable, and exactly the kind of thing I won’t have time/attention to do myself!.
We only had one ornament on our tree last year, this next Christmas might not be any better.

5 teri March 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

Oh yea, love the block BTW. My first one was bust, but I had an inkling I wasn’t going to like it. So, on version#2, I have copied your idea of using up scraps… but it looks nothing like yours. ๐Ÿ˜‰

6 Stephanie March 21, 2011 at 11:30 am

What fun would it be if we all made exactly the same thing? (Although I guess some folks like to recreate the original exactly.)
I haven’t been able to keep up with the Flickr group past few days, too many new pics going up as people finish up/catch up, will take a look for your new block…

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