What Do YOU Want to Learn?

Lori Kennedy, Log Cabin

Good Morning, Quilters!

I need YOUR help.

After turning in Book 2, I started thinking…(always dangerous…)

I was thinking about two things and I realized they are one in the same…

What would Book 3 look like?   What do readers of The Inbox Jaunt want to learn?

Lori Kennedy, Log Cabin

I’m guessing you want to see/learn more about how to use the motifs in blocks and quilts.

That is why we are doing our Spring Quilt-a-Long.

Lori Kennedy, Log Cabin

If so…what blocks should we focus on?

What are YOUR favorites?  What blocks are in YOUR quilts?  What blocks are the most challenging to FMQ?

Lori Kennedy, Log Cabin

MAYBE IT IS SOMETHING ELSE?

Is there anything else YOU would like to learn?  Do you want more info on piecing? Appliqué?  Sewing machine tips?  Do you prefer long tutorials? Quick Tips?  Should we doodle more?  Color theory?  Mix it up?

Or should we just focus on machine quilting?  Do you have enough resources for other things?

I have been quilting a long time…machine quilting is my favorite, but I could do tutorials on other things?…

Can we make The Inbox Jaunt even better?

Suggestions please!

What do YOU want to learn?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

The Inbox Jaunt  has beat the blogging odds and turns FIVE soon.  I need a plan so we can celebrate more birthdays together!

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

 

Half Square Triangles-Method 2 (Quilt-a-Long)

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

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SPRING QUILT-A-LONG

We need 40 (or more)  Half Square Triangles (HST) for our Spring Quilt-a-Long.

While there are many ways to create HST, I am sharing a few of my favorite ways and would love to hear yours!

Yesterday, we looked at how to make HST when using small scraps. (Step-by-step photo tutorial HERE)

VERY ACCURATE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE METHOD

Several readers reminded me of a way to make these squares even more accurate!

  • Cut the squares a wee bit larger–3 inches (instead of the annoying 2-7/8).
  • Then stitch the blocks as shown–across the diagonal.
  • Iron Press as usual.
  • Then trim to the desired size.

Thank you, ladies for the reminder of this method!

ANOTHER VERY ACCURATE HST METHOD

Another very accurate way to make several HSTs is to use Triangles on a Roll.

With this method, you can create many blocks very quickly and accurately.

Triangles on a Roll come in a variety of sizes…be sure to pick up the correct size.–For the Spring Quilt-a-Long, I used 2 inch finished.

Any size will work for this project!–use what YOU have!

NOTE- I love the 2 inch finished size because it fits on a 6 inch roll of pre-cut fabric (like Boundless Solids HERE)

Triangles on a Roll, Lori KennedyTriangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

If you want to create many HST, roll out as much of the paper as will fit on your fabric.

To create 8 HST, cut off one square of the fabric (see below).  Cut on the dark line, very carefully!

Layer two pieces of fabric, right sides together and position the paper on top.

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

Shorten the stitch length and sew on all of the dotted lines.

You can stitch off the paper and back on again without cutting your threads.

Sew very accurately!

CUT ON THE DARK LINES

With a few quick (but accurate) slashes of your rotary cutter, separate the HST.

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

With the paper still on, trim off the corners.

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

Peel away the paper…

And iron press your HST!

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

Very accurate, very quick HST!

Like eating popcorn…

You won’t want to stop!

You only need 40 for our project, but an extra long table runner would sure look nice with a huge bouquet of lilacs!

Happy Stitching!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share, pin or re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

PPS.  This tutorial contains affiliate links.  If you chose to purchase, at NO ADDITIONAL cost to you, I may receive a little pin-money.  Thank you for supporting The Inbox Jaunt in this way!

Stitching the Half Square Triangles-Part 1

Border and HST Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Yesterday we started our Spring Quilt-a-Long.  The tutorials will usually be every Tuesday.  This week your assignment is:

Choose a color scheme.

Prepare the fabrics.

Consider design changes-to make it longer, larger, etc…

And to make the Half Square Triangles.  

For the quilt above, you will need 40–2 inch (finished) half square triangles.

 

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

MANY WAYS TO MAKE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

There are many ways to make Half Square Triangles (HST).  Use YOUR favorite method.

I will share two of my favorite ways.  (One today, One tomorrow.)

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES–METHOD ONE

This method works well when:

  • You only need a few triangles.
  • You are using small scraps to create the triangles.
  • You want a very scrappy look.

THE FORMULA

Add 7/8 inch to the finished size of the HST block.

For example, in this quilt, we want 2 inch finished HST.

2 + 7/8

Cut 2-7/8 squares of fabric–one light, one print.

MARK THE LIGHT FABRIC

Layer the two squares together–and press them together–they hold better that way.

Draw a straight line from tip to tip–on the diagonal. (Use very fine grit sandpaper underneath–to keep the fabrics from slipping.)   This is the CUTTING LINE!

Use a plain ruler and a sharp pencil.

Line the presser foot up so that you stitch 1/4 inch away from this line.

 

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

ANOTHER OPTION:

I often use the   Quilter’s Quick Quarter HERE  which is

very similar to the Fons and Porter Quarter Inch Seam Markers HERE

Use the Quarter Inch Rulers to MARK THE STITCHING LINES

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Lower the stitch length and stitch both sides:

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut the center line.

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Trim the pointy corners off.

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Press the seams toward the darker fabric.

The HST should be 2-1/2 inches…This is the unfinished size!

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

TOMORROW

As quick as a bunny we will stitch eight HST with just two six inch squares!

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What about YOU?

What’s your favorite HST method?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

PPS…This blog post contains affiliate links.  If you choose to purchase, at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you, I may receive a little “pin” money!.  Thank you for supporting The Inbox Jaunt this way!