I am still plodding along on my postage stamp/granny square quilt blocks. Most of the blocks look like this right now:
I was adding quarter-square triangles as I sew and was planning to add the corners and trim the squares at the end. It seem to take forever because the triangles are bias on 2 sides so that the outsides will be on the straight grain. The bias edges have a mind of their own and need to be pinned as I sew.
The last block I made looks like this:
That is because I added squares around the outside (the black fabric) as I sewed and them trimmed the block into a square (sorry no picture !).
Now before the quilt police come and arrest me, I am aware that my outside edges are all on the bias. Before I trimmed, I used a little spray starch to help stabilize the fabric. And there are sashing strips between each block which will also help to keep the blocks square.
I am doing this because it saves lots of time. I am able to piece and square my blocks in less time than it was taking me to piece as I was before. This makes me happy.
And when Momma is happy, everybody is happy!