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

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

First…a quick commercial–(I love a good sale!)

Don’t miss Craftsy’s May Sale:  All Classes on Sale!

(I’ve been watching the videos on gardening and flower arranging–love!)

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

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Red, White and Blue-An Easy Block Pattern

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Some of you wanted to join me in my Late Night Quilting…Read more HERE  as I work on a quick and easy Red and White (with a little blue) quilt.  I hope to have this finished by the Fourth of July….(though I didn’t specify what year!)

This is an EASY quilt block!

First you have to “see” the block–that’s not so easy!

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

It is difficult to see because the sashing between the blocks is a repeated element from inside the quilt block.

The block itself is a variation on The Shoo Fly block–a nine patch block.

(Does anyone know if this block has a name??)

The block is just four Half Square Triangles, with a center square and divided rectangles in between.

Easy cutting!  Easy Stitching!

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

For each block: Cut two 5 inch solid red squares.  ( I used charm squares from Boundless, America the Brave Collection-35% OFF!!!-see my affiliate link HERE)

PS…Craftsy has a huge sale right now–pick up some Aurifil thread, too–it’s rare to find it at this price!!

Boundless America the Brave Collection

In addition, Cut two 5 inch squares from print fabric.  (Try to find fabric that has a white background for best contrast.)

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Cut Four rectangles 2 x 2-1/2 inches from a large print.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Cut Four rectangles 2-2/12 inches from another large graphic print.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

NOTE-If all the rectangles will be of the same fabric–stitch 2-1/2 inch strips of each fabric together, press and then cut 2 inch sub cuts.  (Thanks, Judy!)

Cut one blue square:  2 x 2 inches.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

MAKE THE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

With right sides together, layer the print squares on top of the solid red squares.

To mark the Half Square Triangles (HST)–use a ruler to mark the stitching lines

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Or mark the cutting line and use it to line up your presser foot for stitching.  (This is the method I usually use.)

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Stitch.  Cut apart. Press.

The HST will be slightly larger than what we need–trim to 4-1/2 inches.

For the most accuracy–I like this method the best–making the squares slightly larger, then trimming.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Lay out the pieces…

Stitch the blocks…

Trim the blocks to 10 inches

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Add sashing (same measurements)  between the blocks to create the quilt!

Red White Quilt, Lori Kennedy

I have not included every step…there is some work in between…

My quilt is a 9 patch–Nine blocks with sashing in between.  I’m going to add a solid red border so I can add Shining Star Quilting from last week’s tutorial.

Any Red and White Quilts in YOUR future?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Hurray!

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!

 

Quilting Seasons-Open Line Friday

Hand Sewing, Sulky Thread

Good Morning, Quilters!

It is indeed a good morning in Minnesota!

I always say…there are just three seasons in Minnesota–Beautiful Summer, Gorgeous Fall and Quilting Season!  Winter is very long here–it completely over takes Spring…

We are finally in Beautiful Summer…and I find my quilting habits change.  I’m always restless for something new…

Good news!  All Craftsy classes are on Sale until Monday!!!

Great time to try something new!

May I recommend anything by Kimberley Einmo, Kelly Ashton, Donna Lynn Thomas, Jackie Kunkel, Ann Petersen, Christina Cameli, Jacquie Gering, Barb Eikmeier

Also, I am currently enjoying two classes:  Cook More, Weigh Less by Allison Task (I just made her delicious chimichurri sauce–low cal and fabulous!!!)  and Creative iPhoneography with Holly Jansen.

I love to watch videos while I stitch!

Craftsy Sale

QUILTING ON THE GO

I try to have more portable projects during Beautiful Summer.  I love to have a little hand sewing ready to stitch as I sit on the porch or for long car rides.

(My sisters and I laugh that when we travel we always pack our sewing first…clothes are a second thought!)

Hand Sewing, Sulky Thread

I quickly cut out a few simple shapes and grabbed some Sulky embroidery thread. (I LOVE embroidery thread on a spool-no more knotted skeins–brilliant!)

Not sure where this is going just yet…

I buy my Sulky thread at my local quilt store, Bear Patch Quilting or from Sulky.com

Hand Sewing, Sulky Thread

What about YOU?

Does your quilting change with the seasons?

Do YOU have a favorite Craftsy class to recommend?

Are you still MOVING MORE?

Hand Sewing, Sulky Thread

We’d LOVE to hear!

Storing up Vitamin D here in Minnesota,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy@ 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!

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