I’ve Discovered Pinterest!
Before I get to this week’s topic, I wanted to post the promised picture of my niece and nephews with their new scarves. They were a hit!
And now for some true confessions:
It’s crazy, I know, but I’ve gone into every step of this technological age kicking and screaming. My friend Di talked me into doing this blog (she’s the one who did a wonderful job of building my website and she can be reached at http://www.adunate.com/). She needed to do a lot of convincing, because I really wasn’t sure I could do it. I’ve had this same feeling about all of the social media universe. I’m just a little slow to jump into the unknown, but so grateful to Di because I really love doing this blog! So what’s next???
Well, a while ago I signed into Pinterest. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I found some interesting stuff on the site, pinned it to my page, and that was about it. Occasionally I’d look things up, but have never really gotten in to it. When I posted the blog about Connie Yersin’s tree skirts I thought her story was so wonderful I wanted to share it with as many people as I could. This led me to think I should figure out a way to get it on Pinterest. What I discovered is that a whole bunch of my blog postings are already out there. In fact, I have a “source” page on Pinterest! Who knew? Here’s a screenshot of that page:
You can see it at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/chrisquilts.net/
One of the main reasons I started to do this blog was to share information. It’s amazing how fast, and in how many ways the internet spreads ideas around! What I found most interesting was the pictures from my previous posts that were pinned the most often. By far my most popular one was my technique for turning a block on point (the blue/black star repeated many times in the screen shot above). You may visit that very popular post (Praise the Lord!) at: http://chrisquilts.net/blog/?p=4070, or continue to read this post, as I’ve re-pasted the instructions at the bottom.
Woo Hoo! I’m a teacher at heart and I’m thrilled to have my blog posts be a help to others. I wonder what other ways my blog is getting around.
Would you like to know how to use Pinterest (be careful, it can be addicting and the hours will fly by)? Just go to: https://www.pinterest.com/ sign up and jump in. Once you’re signed up, please feel free to “pin” any of my posts/pictures you find helpful! This would help me to share with even more quilters, and I thank you in advance 😀 .
Do you do Pinterest? What do you like best about it? Any suggestions or recommendations?
Turning a Block on Point
1. Square up the block. Then place a square ruler over the block as in the picture:
The diagonal line of the ruler is lining up along the vertical center of the block, and the upper corners of the block are at the same measurement along the rulers edges (mine are at about 6 1/4″).
2. Add 2″ to this measurement and cut 2 squares of your chosen corner fabric this size (mine were cut 8 1/4″). Cut both these squares on 1 diagonal.
This will yield 4 triangle with the bias on the long, diagonal edge. By cutting the triangles this way, the outside of the block being created will be on the straight-of-grain.
3. Place a triangle, right sides together, along one side of the original square. To center it, make sure the point of the triangle is on the center seam of the block. If your block doesn’t have a center seam, press it in half in both directions, and line the point of the triangle up with your creases.
4. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance and press the seam towards the triangle. There will be portions of the triangle not stitched down on the sides.
5. Repeat for the opposite side of the block.
6. Repeat for the remaining 2 sides. This time the seam will go the entire length of the long edge of the triangle.
7. Square up the block to the desired size.