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

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The Coal Car-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

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BACK TO WORK…

THE COAL CAR-MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Last week we started stitching The Circus Train, an adorable border motif.

Begin by drawing two lines–3 inches apart.  Add a line 3/4 inch above the lower line.

Begin stitching between the two lower lines.  Stitch a Silly Spiral to create a wheel.  Stop stitching on the right side of the first “wheel”.

Stitch over several stitches and begin another Silly Spiral Wheel. Again, end on the right side of the “wheel”.

Travel from right to left over the top of the first spiral Stitch over one to two stitches then over the top of the first wheel–to the front of the Coal Car. Stitch up and at an angle to create the front of the car.  Add a little jog and stitch a horizontal line. Stitch a long horizontal line–stitching past the right wheel.  Stitch back to the left,, stopping just before the left edge of the Coal Car. Now is the fun part….

Add a decorative element like a deep zig zag.

Complete the decorative element, then finish the right side to complete the Coal Car.

Stitch to begin the next Coal Car.

Have fun coming up with a variety of decorative elements….

Wouldn’t it be fun to add pretty packages or animals in the cars?

Don’t worry about perfection—just have fun decorating the cars.

And of course, doodle first!!

Chugga,  chugga, Choo-Choo!!!

Signed,

Conductor Lori

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Hugs and Kisses–A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to give you Hugs and Kisses!

This adorable motif is perfect for any quilt you are giving as a gift–Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Christmas…Send your love with your next quilt!

Begin by drawing two parallel lines–any distance apart–from very large to teeny tiny.  (In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the lower line.  Stitch an angled-line to the top line.

Echo stitch halfway back–to the center.

Stitch an angled line (up and left) to the top drawn line.

Echo stitch this line and then stitch across the middle to the bottom drawn line.

Echo stitch the bottom of the “x”

Then stitch under the “x” to begin the next motif.

Stitch over several stitches–so you are in the middle of where your “O” will be placed.

Stitch a full circle.

Then echo stitch the interior of the circle.

 

Exit underneath the “O” and stitch along the bottom line to begin the next “X”.

LOVE!!!

Hugs and Kisses from ME to YOU!!!

Lori

PS…Does anyone know…is the X a hug and the O the kiss?  How did this ever get started?

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PPS…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 reblog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!