Rachel/Stitched in Color has a great tip for When you are Finishing and your quilt back is very nearly the size of your quilt top. Also, an idea I'd like to copy is piecing batting scraps with Heat Press tape rather than zig-zagging them together, which I never seem to do smoothly.
On Instagram, Zak/[zakfoster.quilts] mentioned using looped needle threaders, a new-to-me notion. A tad fragile, though all needle threaders seem to be, they still look interesting and to store them, use a magnet!
The Pattern Writing Blog Series hosted by Cheryl/Meadow Mist Designs has been a comprehensive series worth perusing if you have any interest in the design process. There's also a new Quilt Pattern Designers facebook group, which is bound to be a useful platform for like-minded folks. "One of the fun features on this group is Pattern Friday where you can post about your newly published patterns and/or books. They can be for blocks, quilts, or other items and can be free or for pay patterns." Good to know!
In this issue, we're highlighting half-rectangle triangle quilts! These are a popular variation on the half-square triangles we all know and love, and can be used in such a wide variety of layouts and fabric pairings. I've collected several favorites here, and you can find these and more in myHalf-Rectangle Triangles pinboard. HRTs can be created several different ways, many of which we'll discover in this round-up.
Finally, I couldn't resist sharing Rebecca/Beka's stunning Mesa quilt. Made from a pattern in Nancy Purvis' new book, Quilting from Every Angle, it has one of the most unusual (and wonderful!) uses of HRTs that I've seen. And love all that negative space surrounding them.