Honey’s Choice: Block #50

The fun of pot luck!

The fun of pot luck!

As I have completed both a difficult block and an easy block, what would come next? I decided to let the Fates decide, and printed off all 109 remaining paper foundation patterns, shuffled them up and pulled one from the pile.

As luck would have it, #50 was the block drawn, the charmingly named “Honey’s Choice”.

Turns out, Honey’s Choice presents some interesting design choices! Look at these two versions, below:

From Starwood Quilters

From Starwood Quilters

From Mon Petit Lyons.

From Mon Petit Lyons.

Both are correct, but point out a particular problem with this block layout: the pinwheels that you place at each corner can “leak” into the centre crossbars if you are not careful with fabric and colour selections. That does give the block a more modern look, but to keep the design defined, I decided to use different fabrics for the pinwheels and the crossbars.

I looked at the paper pattern and realized I would be more comfortable just making the four pinwheels and cutting the crossbar rectangles and centre square. My comfort derived from my use of the Triangulations CD by Bear Paw Productions. This software generates sheets printed with sewing lines and cutting lines, such that you can make multiple Half Square Triangles very rapidly and very accurately. I love it and use it all the time (it is fab for making HST based borders etc., where you need to generate tons of HST’s).

Printed Triangulations sheet.

Printed Triangulations sheet.

To use the sheet, you cut your two HST fabrics to the size of the sheet (copy paper size), lay them right sides together, and pin the sheet to the fabrics:

Getting ready to pin.

Getting ready to pin.

Pinned together and ready to sew.

Pinned together and ready to sew.

Start sewing anywhere on the dotted lines and follow till you are back where you started!

Start sewing anywhere on the dotted lines and follow till you are back where you started!

When done, the back looks like this.

When done, the back looks like this.

Cut apart on the solid lines.

Cut apart on the solid lines.

The single units being cut apart.

The single units being cut apart.

Trim the dog ears as marked.

Trim the dog ears as marked.

Remove the paper...

Remove the paper…

Press the HST's open and arrange into the pinwheel.

Press the HST’s open and arrange into the pinwheel.

Organize the correct layout of all units, pin and sew.

Organize the correct layout of all units, pin and sew.

It is worth noting that I decided to use a slightly different fabric for the centre square, rather than just repeat the background I used for the pinwheels. Both are a tangerine on buff print, but I wanted a bit more “presence” for the centre square, giving it a bit more weight and definition.

Finished Honey's Choice block.

Finished Honey’s Choice block.

Whew! Not too hard to do, but again, you have to work to line up your seams properly and get those points to come out nicely. Lots of starching helps!

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About westernwilson

I live in the Pacific Northwest, in Tsawwassen, BC, Canada, a small bedroom suburb of Vancouver, BC.

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