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!)

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(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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Sunflower Sampler-Adding Petals

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank all of you who left comments in our Pretty Pink Sulky Thread Giveaway.

Please read yesterday’s post and get your mammogram!

Today we are stitching right along on our Sunflower Sampler.

Last week we marked the fabric and stitched the center oval.  (See last week’s directions HERE)

Your quilt should now look something like this:

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

 

MARK THE QUILT

To mark the quilt for the next step, add a 2-1/2 inch margin around the stitched center.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are finished, the quilt should look like this:

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The petals will fill this space.

Add wide petals all the way around the oval.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are about 3/4 of the way around the oval, stop and look at the spacing.  Draw in the last three petals to be sure the final petals are evenly spaced.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you have completed the first row of petals, your Sunflower should look like this:

(Don’t you just LOVE it already!?)

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The next step is to echo stitch and add a second set of petals–it’s easy!!!

Echo stitch the first petal–but stop in the middle…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add an inset petal between two adjacent petals…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Continue— echo stitch the tip of the lower petal and add another inset petal.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Continue around the entire Sunflower.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you have added all the inset petals, add a row of echo stitching around the entire flower and knot off…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Isn’t it lovely?

The reason it works?

We’ve built in contrast–density contrast.  

The center of the Sunflower is densely quilted and the petals are less densely quilted–this gives them “POP”!

And we’re going to “POP” the petals even more by adding dense quilting motifs around the outer edge…

Can YOU apply this technique is YOUR quilts?  It always makes quilting more interesting!

MORE FROM SULKY

I understand that some of you are still struggling with thread choices.  We will talk more about thread in coming posts (I can talk for hours and hours about thread–I’m kind of a thread nerd…)

In the mean time, just look at the thread you already own…choose the best color–something with a little contrast is nice.

Start really examining your threads right on the spools.  Some are finer, some are thicker.  Some have sheen, some are dull.  Some are wiry, others are smooth.

Some feel better in your hand than others.

Comparing threads is the best way to learn about the different qualities.

Sulky is going to create a sample package of threads along with a color card for readers of The Inbox Jaunt.  I’m not sure when it will be ready, but it’s in the works…

In the meantime, buy a new thread fiber or brand every time you go shopping and start developing YOUR favorites!

LOTS MORE QUILTING THIS WEEK

Including a sneak preview of a Secret Project that’s had me chained to my sewing machine for the past two weeks!

Until then…

Schedule your mammogram and stitch your petals!

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!

 

 

The Sunflower Sampler Quilt-a-Long-Day 2

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Good Morning, Quilters! (and Pooches and Kitties…)

Today is Day Two of our Sunflower Sampler Quilt-a-Long.  (See Day One HERE)

Our quilt sandwich is pressed and marked with an oval and divided into eighths.

CHOOSING THREAD

I recommend using a heavy weight thread so you can really see the stitches.  40wt, 30wt, 28wt in cotton, rayon, polyester or silk are all great choices.

I decided to use cotton–it has less sheen than the other fibers and I think it will look more casual for this project.  I had two choices in my  collection:

Sulky 30wt cotton Sulky 30 Wt Cotton Thread

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And Aurifil 28wt cotton (gray spool).

I chose a light peach color.  It looks great with the fabric and will provide enough contrast to be able to see the stitches.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Begin in the center of the oval and stitch a spiral.
Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Then begin adding scallops around the center.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Whenever you get to the top and the bottom–stitch longer scallops to stretch the shape into an oval.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Continue adding rows of scallops to roughly fit the drawn oval.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Next (and without knotting off) add a wavy line around the oval, and echo stitch the oval one or two times.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

When you are finished, it should look roughly like this:

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

ANOTHER OPTION

When I stitched my first Sunflower, I started with the wavy oval line and stitched in toward the center.

Notice the scallops go in-not out.

Choose whichever is easier or looks better to you.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

 

Next week we’ll add the petals.

Let me know if you have any questions…

Sunny 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 re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!