July 29 - Half Square Triangles
Aug 5 - Flying Geese
Aug 12 - Building Block Centers
Aug 19 - Building Block Surround
Aug 26 - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
Sept 16 - Star Surround Parade and Grand Prize Winners
But before we get into this week's assignment let's get a winner from last weeks assignment!! And may I say, Wow!!!! I am blown away by how many of you are Quilting-A-Long with me. Thank you so much!!! Having such a big group sure makes it a whole lot of fun!!!
The Cutting Assignment winner who gets a Fantastic Gift Certificate to Christa Quilts is . . .
#46 - Quiltnpam!!! - Congrats :)
THIS WEEKS ASSIGNMENT - HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE BLOCKS
Half Square triangles are fun and fast and probably the most versatile building block in all of the piecing units you can make. (At least in my opinion :)
Start by gathering all of your full inch squares. (i.e. 16" block - 3" squares, 24" block - 4" squares, 32" block - 5" squares, 40" block - 6" squares or 48" block - 7" squares). You will have squares of your print fabrics as well as your background fabrics. Now, for each block you have in your quilt you will need to make the following pairs of squares. (3) Fabric A / Background pairs, (3) Fabric B / Background pairs, and (2) Fabric A / Fabric B pairs.
Group the above pairs 8 pairs for the number of blocks you have in your layout and set them in piles as shown. If you are doing the same layout, everyone of your piles will be the same. If you are doing the scrappy layout, you have a few decisions to make. For each block you need to assign a Fabric A and Fabric B. (But don't worry about keeping track which is which, it isn't important) Each grouping of 2 fabrics will create the stars in the center of your blocks, so keep that in mind when choosing which fabrics you want together. And you will have the same print fabric in 2 different piles, so don't stress when you put your first grouping together and have leftovers of each fabric :)
On the wrong side of the print fabric square, using your ruler, draw a pen line diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. On your two print fabric groupings, I like to draw the line on the darker print. I like to draw all my lines for all my squares but still keep my pairs grouped in block sets.
Lay your print square on your background square (or your two print squares) with rights sides together. Pin both sides adjacent to that drawn line, be sure to place them far enough out to leave room for your presser foot to stitch on by. Depending on the size of the square will determine how many pins you want to use. Stitch a seam 1/4" from EITHER side of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines :)
The easiest way to assembly line stitch is to chain stitch the 1/4" seam on the right hand side of the line first. I liked to chain stitch these in block groupings, but feel free to do them how you like, 2 blocks at a time, 4 blocks at a time, all of them at once . . . just make sure you keep track of which squares go in which blocks.
Then clip the threads between the squares. Now, go ahead stitch the 1/4" seam on the left hand side of your sets. And now you have some super long square snakes :) Clip the remaining threads between the squares and place your squares back in their block groupings.
And now the fun part, trimming. You will be trimming your blocks to 1/2" smaller than their original size. (ie 16" block - 2 1/2", 24" block - 3 1/2", 32" block - 4 1/2", 40" block - 5 1/2" or 48" block - 6 1/2"). This example uses the 4 1/2" square. Start by aligning the 45 degree line on your square ruler with the seam line on your half square triangle. Make sure that the raw edges of the half square triangle are over the 4 1/2" line's on your ruler. Trim the 2 sides along the edge of the ruler. There won't be a whole lot to trim.
Now spin your block 180 degrees. Once again, align the 45 degree line on your ruler with the seam line on your half square triangle. Align the raw edges of the half square triangle under the ruler on the 4 1/2" lines on your ruler. Trim the 2 sides along the edge of the ruler.
You will have this lovely little pile of trimmings :)
And a stunning pile of Half Square Triangles!!! And you are all done!!! (Yes, your hand will be a little sore from all that trimming, but trust me, it will be totally worth it down the road.) Oh, and in case you don't have a square ruler you can see the end of this tutorial on how to square up your HST's using a rectangle ruler. It takes a second longer but still works :)
And that's it!! And now you can enter to win the weekly prize :)
The Weekly Prizes are sponsored by the Green Fairy Quilts and a huge thanks goes to them for their support of the Star Surround Quilt-A-Long.
This weeks prize is a Green Fairy Quilt pattern of your choice!! Judi has so many amazing patterns to choose from, here are a few of my favorites!!
So what do you have to do for a chance to win your favorite pattern? Simple . . . Just link up your HST's at the end of this post :) You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever. Just make sure to link up by next Monday morning as I will be announcing a winner at the beginning of next weeks post :)
If you don't get your HST's done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :) The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-A-Long. So if your out of town, or just had a busy week, no worries!!! Just link up when you can :)
And don't forget to add your perfect HST's to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group!!! I can't wait to see them all ;)
So let's get sewing!!! And if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a Happy Quilting Day!!