Marvella QAL – Week 5

It’s our last week of making blocks! These quilts will be finished before you know it!


During Week 2 I gave some tips for how to “rescue” HSTs from what would’ve been cut off when using the stich-and-flip method to make square-in-a-square blocks for the Flying Geese Units. If you’ve followed these tips and are now wondering what to do with all those HSTs, I’ve got some ideas for you this week! But first:


Week 5 Need-to-Knows


Last Week’s Winner: @sarahlynn_22 is the winner of the QT Fabrics Fat Quarter Bundle! Please contact me via Instagram or email so we can work out shipping details.


Thanks again to HomeGrown HomeSewn for sponsoring last week’s prize.


Progress: Baby - 2 Blocks, Sm. Throw - 4 Blocks, Lg. Throw - 5 Blocks, Queen - 7 Blocks


Prompt: Did you make the “bonus” HSTs and do you have a plan for them?


Prize: Your choice of any two Blue Mungo patterns!


So I saved my scraps. But now what?


If you’ve followed my method of “rescuing” HSTs, you’re probably now wondering what you can do with them. The good news is that HSTs are one of the most versatile quilting elements and can be used either by themselves or with other shapes to create an infinite number of designs. Here are just a few ideas you could use.


Obviously, a throw size will result in more HSTs than a baby size Marvella. So you may need to create some additional HSTs to have enough for a quilt top.



After making the two Marvella’s above, I had lots of HSTs and felt like the two color ways worked well together. I made a few additional ones and had enough to make Indian Summer by Suzy Quilts. (The baby size is a free pattern!)



Now since my HSTs were larger than the ones she has you make, I decided to up-size the rest of the pieces so that my overall quilt was a little larger than the pattern describes. But it worked out great and I am so pleased with the results!


When it came time for the version I’m making for the quilt-along, I knew I’d have to save my scraps again because Tula Pink is too good to waste! I ended having to make 4 extra HSTs and was able to make this simple flying geese baby quilt.



These are just the two examples I’ve made so far but like I said, HSTs have endless possibilities. If you don’t want to make another quilt top, you could incorporate the scraps into the backing or make matching pillows.


That’s all I’ve got for you this week and enjoy finishing up your final blocks!


Happy Quilting!

Kate