|Playing on the wall last year|
I've always been a fan of scrappy quilts and who can't use half square triangles? (HST)
I' think I've used about every technique out there. One of my all time favorite techniques is Triangulations
The sheets can be cut into smaller sheets - depends on how many you want. Their use is invaluable - but I like scrappy quilts. Sometimes a few hundred of the same is a treat - for other projects, well....variety is essential.
Read on if you want to see how I get scrappy HST's in one sheet...
Select at least 2 medium to combo stripe/busy prints - the more variety the better. Seam them together for a 9"x 12" sheet.
Repeat for lights.
In this example I have four fabrics that will be seamed and placed right sides together.
Print off the appropriate sheet for the desired finished size HST. In this example I will end up with 40 one inch finished Half Square Triangles (HST).
Trim a little if you want, not all sizes print at the full 8.5" x 11"
The corner is folded back - fabrics right sides together with the paper printed side up. The seams do not match - one is horizontal the other is vertical. We will end up with some pieced HST's - just like some antiques!
I pin at the four corners to keep it in place before stitching.
Following the fabulous sewing instructions that come with the CD, there are also reminders printed on the paper.
Here's the back - after you sew.
Trim the excess off the sides - these are marked with solid lines.
Cut on the balance of the horizontal and vertical lines.
Here you have a choice to cut the diagonals too - I prefer to cut these later.
The HST's are all sewn!! Oh, Happy Day....
The squares are cut - gather them up and toss them in a basket or bowl and find a nice place to put your feet up and relax.
I sit with a little basket or bowl and trim the corners. I find it relaxing - you don't need fabulous light if its a TV night.... It's not unusual for me to do several sheets in an evening. You can bag these and have them on hand for projects.
Doing like things at once (common production practice) fold the corners flaps up and tear them off.
Because you followed the sewing instructions provided by the manufacturer these come right off.
Again, I do all of this step at once.
The pile to the right is just an example - all corners would be notched at this point.
Give the tips a pull and the center piece pops right up. Pull it off.
Because the seams are already sewn - I cut on the diagonal at this point. The center line is gone but you have the two rows of stitching to line up and cut between. If this is uncomfortable you can cut the diagonal lines as well with the rotary in the previous step.
Personal preference - try both and decide for yourself.
|Variety from one 'sheet' of mixed fabric HST's|
Look at the variety - because I used a combo of fabrics with lots of pattern - I have the scrappy look I love! In a 1" finished square I have a couple with four fabrics all neat as a pin.
I have used this to do 100's of red and white HST's with two fabrics, not the scrappy four.
Finger press at this point - final press in the block. Again, personal preference.
Each little HST is exactly the same size as long as I sewed on the line and cut on the line!
Finish three sheets in 6 fabric 'mixes' in an evening/afternoon and you have 240
1" HST's...all scrappy.
The software gives you almost infinite size options.
I'm heading off to the sewing room to put together a few HST's - how about you?
Have a great weekend!