It is best not to mix washed with non-washed fabrics in a quilt that will one day be washed.
Also using polyester thread for piecing will wear out a quilt faster than using cotton thread. This does not apply to the quilting thread.
Note for block #7 May 2018
When 1/2 Sq.s are this numerous, consider the use of the paper method. It is not costly when you get with friends. One roll (800) at Scrap Apple Quilts is under $12.00. Quilted Works carries "Thangles" (450/pack) for under $8.00. You will need 24 - 1/2 Sq.s total at 2" FINISHED.
Tip for block 7:
No matter who's paper you use; (1) Place paper on lighter fabric being used. (2) Press while paper is still attached to fabric. (3) Tear paper from point down to seam and away from center. Then from seam to raw edge.
Tip for block 8:
Before you begin a new pattern, read it from start to finish. Then, when sewing follow step by step; taking it slowly. If not clear, or you are in doubt; test a portion with scraps or other fabric to test method or size so you don't run short on required fabric.
The next 2 months (last 4 blocks) will need a "MID-TONE" B&W Print. One that reads darker than your light (white) and lighter than your dark (black).
I am NOT talking grey. It ALL depends upon how your fabrics "read" with one another.
When you have leftover cuts - use a "removable" label to mark the size on.
Keep the leftovers with the quilt project until done.
If your cutting & pressing stations are away from your sewing area - layout block or parts to be sewn on a piece of cardboard to carry parts to be sewn - and marking stacked sections with a pin on the side to be sewn also helps.
When marking fabric start in the center and mark outward toward edge or corner of fabric - EVEN if you place fabric on sandpaper to hold it in place. Also: A mechanical pencil is more accurate than a reg. pencil.Tip: April
NOTE for Block #6:
If you choose not to use a triangle trimmer on block #6, WAIT UNTIL FULL BLOCK IS DONE BEFORE TRIMMING OFF THE EARS. That way you can make sure all your pieces fit correctly.
TIP, (for both blocks):
To make sure your squares are lined up - check BOTH sides. For 1/2sq. tri.s check the 45 Angle on BOTH sides.
Directions for 1/2 sq. triangles are one of the oldest methods known for cutting accurately and sewing on the bias. It is also a good opportunity to start using an "AWL"; as Carroll Lee Stolz wrote about in the Summer 2017 Newsletter. You can view it on guild web site.
IF PATTERN (OR TERM) IS NOT CLEAR - ASK!
Remember - the only dumb question is one not asked.
Even if the question is WHY? After all; someone else may have that same question.
NO QUESTION = NO ANSWER!