Good morning!...are you ready for
In my tute yesterday I said I would show you how I know what size to rotary cut the half square triangles in the blocks instead of using templates.
First of all...you need to know that I cut squares...not triangles.
come back here...
Okay...now that you know why I cut squares...lets get down to business!
All of the squares in the block finish
at 2" x 2".
That means that I cut all of them
2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
to allow for seam allowance..
And when I say all of them...I mean that I also cut a 2 1/2" square for
each triangle too...
Then I stitch them from corner to corner...
At the same time...by clothesline stitching.
I cut them apart and give them a
quick press to set the stitches...
Then I trim off the excess and leave an approximate 1/4" seam allowance.
No stretching out of shape because of
cutting triangles out on the bias...
I sewed it across the bias BEFORE cutting.
I heart this method:)
I know what you're thinking...
"That's some wasted fabric, Miss Lori"!
But remember I have cut my squares
from a 2 1/2" strip.
If I had cut squares and cut them in
half for triangles...
or used templates...
I would also have wasted a little fabric too.
Being able to cut a strip across the
width of your fabric,
saves fabric in the end...
by not having to chop into your
precious fabric piece with
all kinds of odd ball measurements.
sometimes I do save my cut off triangles.
I save them if I can cut at least
a 1 1/2" square or larger out of them...
and then I do.
If they are smaller than that...
I throw them out:)
I save my squares that I have cut from the leftovers for small projects.
You would be suprised how much I use them!
As you can see from the above photo...the leftover triangles from this block are
too small for me to save:(
when I press my half square triangle open...
it measures exactly
2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square...
because that is what size I cut
both of the squares that I stitched
from point to point.
I just simply made 1 half square triangle
out of 2 squares.
Easy peasy math...easy peasy cutting...
easy peasy sewing:)
I lay the HST back out on my
mini design board after pressing...
And make sure that all four HST are facing
the right way..because I will sew them however they are laid out...haha
Now that it's turned into a simple 9 patch...it's a cinch to
sew it together!
And that's how I do it!...
Yellow = Annies Farm Stand
Blue = Caramel Town
Red = Sew Cherry
Now that you know how to figure out what size to cut your squares when making HST...you can draft alot more blocks for rotary cutting!
Next post I will show you
how to draft/rotary cut/sew
a block that has flying geese.
Have a quilty weekend my friends:)