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.
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.
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.
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
Lower the stitch length and stitch both sides:
Use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut the center line.
Trim the pointy corners off.
Press the seams toward the darker fabric.
The HST should be 2-1/2 inches…This is the unfinished size!
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!
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