So do you remember when I showed this picture of HST's the other day?? I always like to cut my squares for HST's 1/2" larger than the finish size. (Instead of the exact 3/8 size) I mostly do this because I just can't seem to sew those diagonals as straight as I would like :) Because of this I "get" to trim.
I spent the other day (and honestly, it felt like the whole day) trimming up this "little" pile. here is what I ended up with. (Side note . . . Maybe I am weird, but I just love scrappy piles like this, I think they are cute looking :)
While in the middle of trimming I often found myself thinking, "Wow, this is a ton of work to trim off less than 1/8" ish off each side of the square, I wonder if it really makes a difference." As soon as I was done I looked over at my perfect HST squares and thought, "Oh, they are so pretty and I am glad I did that, even though I can't feel my hand anymore :)". Now that I am sewing with them I am constantly thinking, "Oh, I am so glad I took the time to trim them, their points are so perfect."
So this week I made the realization that for me (and I only speak for myself here) it is worth my time to trim those teeny tiny edges. So now I am wondering . . . . what do you prefer???
Do you spend hours trimming for perfect HST's?
Do you move right on to sewing and adjust seams as necessary??
Do you cut your blocks 3/8" difference instead and eliminate the need altogether?
This inquiring mind wants to know ;)