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State Avenue Sew-along: Week 2

Week 2 of the State Avenue Sew-along hosted by Nollie + Bean
  
Looking to join us?  Grab your copy of the pattern and check out the previous blog posts!
  
Week 2 is all about half square triangles!  
Time to make sure you have your coffee ready!  We're about to power through some half square triangles!
  
Week 2 of the State Avenue Sew-along hosted by Nollie + Bean
  
This pattern uses the 4-at-a-time method!  Grab all of your squares and follow Step 2 of your pattern! 
  
Week 2 of the State Avenue Sew-along hosted by Nollie + Bean
  
Once you have your stack of half square triangles, it's time to trim them.  It's no secret that trimming is my least favorite part of the quilting process.  There are several different trimming methods, but I will share the one that works for me.
  
I begin by pressing all of my seams.  Then I line up as many as I can on my cutting board and trim in a large batch.
  
 
Then I snip the dog ears off the opposite corner.
  
  
Once all of your half square triangles are finished and trimmed, time to make your first two blocks!  Grab two sets of your mixed fabric and follow Step 3 of the pattern.  
   
If you have directional fabric and would like to know how to maintain the direction on your flying geese, save those for Week 3.
  
Week 2 of the State Avenue Sew-along hosted by Nollie + Bean
  
Optional Instagram Post and this week's prize!
Post a picture using #stateavenuesal before midnight on Sunday, August 16, 2020 of either your beautiful half square triangles or your first blocks to be entered to win this week's prize!  
  
This week's prize is a charm pack of 5" squares of Carolyn Friedlander's Collection CF. Make sure your account is public so I can see your post and I'll announce the winner on Instagram next week!  
  
Patchwork River Quilting
I mentioned in last week's post that The Longarm League has partnered with the sew-along!  There's a team of five quilters who are offering 20% off to sew-along participants!  This offer expires on October 31, 2020, so make sure to send your quilts off timely! :)
  
One of those quilters is Kayla of Patchwork River Quilting.  Visit her online at www.patchworkriver.com.  She's recently made the leap into quilting full-time!  
  
Kayla offers edge-to-edge quilting, batting options, and has a few binding options for those interested in some extra help finishing their quilt.  Visit her website to see a gallery of some of the finished quilts.  She also has an order form on her website for submitting a quilting request and her current turnaround time is 1-2 weeks!
  
In addition to longarm quilting for clients, she volunteers as a longarm quilter for Quilts for Cops - a non-profit organization that sends handmade quilts to first responders who have been injured in the line of duty.  Her son is a law enforcement officer, so the opportunity hit close to home for her.
  
Kayla of Patchwork River Quilting - Partner of the Nollie + Bean State Avenue Quilt sew-along
  
Next week
For those who like to work ahead, next week we will making six more blocks!  I plan to share information about using direction prints when making four-at-a-time flying geese, but ask any questions you have about the pattern or sewing in general.
  
Happy Sewing!!

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