This post has been a while in the making, but I really wanted to do this as a tutorial using the Creative Grids 45/90 Triangle Ruler. Making Half Square Triangles (HST) the traditional way is on my list of loathed activities, this ruler makes them super quick and easy. As an added bonus you can cut your strips 1/2" larger than the finished size of your block (as opposed to 7/8"). This makes it very useful for precuts, and means you can use a slotted strip ruler for faster strip cutting.
After making the Mr. Fox mug rug, and deciding I couldn't part with him, I couldn't go without making another mug rug for my friend. After much thought, and scouring Craftsy for free paper pieced patterns, I ran across the Mug o' Love by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked. It was perfect, and I think I need to make one for my son's teacher for Valentines Day as well.
Color Theory has always fascinated me. Why do certain colors work well together? How does adding a texture affect the overall feel and design? How do you create depth and movement in your quilts? The list goes on and on. Well it so happens that some basics in color theory can really help when picking out fabrics and since I've received quite a few questions about fabric selection for the Mystery Quilt Along I thought it would be a good topic for this week's blog. So let's talk colors.