Last week I told you I started working on HSTs for Anthony’s quilt. This week I am still working on them but I’m making progress. There are 460 of them! I have about half the blocks made and I started sewing them into rows because I needed a break from making all those blocks!

Once I got some of the rows sewn, I just had to start putting them together to see how the top is going to look. I must say, I really like the way this is looking right now.

HST Quilt for Anthony

The top is too big for my wall, so it’s laying on top of my bed.

I’m doing a few things differently than I normally do in making a quilt top. First, I am using lots of starch on the blocks and the rows. I will sometimes use starch on my fabric but it’s not something I feel I always have to do. Let me say, it sure has made a difference in piecing these rows together. The starch gives the fabric just a little bit of stiffness which makes it easier to work with.

4" HST blocks

Second, I am trying to be sure I press and not iron to prevent any stretching and distortion of the fabric. I usually just iron all over my blocks, because really, who wants to take the time to press? I have to admit though, it seems to be working for me because everything is going together beautifully. Huh.

Chain Piecing HST blocks

I have also been chain piecing the blocks together which makes the rows come together fast. I usually don’t chain piece because I’m always worried I’ll get the blocks out of order. But I am quickly becoming a fan.

Not all the points are perfectly aligned in this top but they are darn close.  I haven’t lost any of the points so that’s a positive. I was kind of worried about that when I first started, but I am so pleased with the way this looks – I can’t wait to finish it. But I don’t want to rush it; I just want to enjoy the process.

So this is my crush for the week. What is yours? I would love to see what you are working on this week! 🙂  You can link up below – here is how:

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