July 21st - Half Square Triangles (Today)
August 4th - Drunkards Path
August 18th - Building Blocks
September 1st - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
September 15th- Summer Solstice Parade and Grand Prize Winners
The Flying Geese assignment winner who gets a Volume II Jelly Roll by Sweetwater for Moda from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is . . .
#19 - Marlene!!! - Congrats :)
So I know lots of you have been anxiously awaiting this assignment . . . so let's get right to it :) If you are just finding this QAL, it's never to late to join in the fun :)
THIS WEEKS ASSIGNMENT - HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES
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 your squares for the HST's, print fabrics and background fabrics. These are the squares you labeled with HST and should measure one of the following sizes. (They can easily be confused with the DP squares, so be sure to double check ;)
For a 20" Block - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares
For a 24" Block - 4" x 4"
For a 28" Block - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
For a 32" Block - 5" x 5"
For a 40" Block - 6" x 6"
So just to help clarify . . . if you are doing the 2 x 2 the 3 x 3, or the 4 x 4 layout, you should have 12 squares of each of your print fabrics. So the 2 x 2 layout, 12 squares each of 4 different fabrics for a total of 48 print squares and 48 background squares. For the 3 x 3 layout, 12 squares each of 9 different fabrics for a total of 108 print squares and 108 background squares. And for a 4 x 4 layout, you should have 12 squares each of 16 different fabrics for a total of 192 print squares and 192 background squares.
And if you are doing the 1 x 1 layout You should have 8 squares of your "Corner" print fabric and 4 squares of your "Surround" print fabric. You will have a total of 12 squares in 2 different prints and 12 background squares as well.
So has everyone found their squares?? Excellent, let's make some Half Square Triangles!!!
Start by using a ruler to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all of your print fabrics (or if your background fabric is darker than your print fabrics, draw the line on those instead ;) I like to draw my lines with a Frixion Pen as the lines will disappear with heat. And depending on your machine set-up . . . you might be able to skip drawing the lines all together.
If you have a table around your machine, or if your machine comes with a large "table" you can extend your machines 1/4" mark with tape and then use that as a guide instead of having to draw a line. There is a great You Tube Video from Fat Quarter Shop on how to mark your machines 1/4" line, I just don't bother to layer the tape as I am just using it for a reference, so just one layer. Or, I recently discovered the Clearly Perfect Angle, which has both the 1/4" Mark and the Center Mark (for stitch and flip) marked. I have quickly become a huge fan of this as it eliminates a whole ton of drawing lines!!!
Okay . . . With that little tidbit that can hopefully save some of you some time . . .Let's get back to our Half Square Triangles ;)
And just like our Flying Geese, the easiest way to do this is to chain stitch in assembly line fashion ;) So just like in the Flying Geese, Start by stitching a 1/4" seam on the right hand side of the drawn line (or along the center aligned with your 1/4" guide if you don't have a line) . I chain stitched all 108 units at once making a very long snake, but feel free to break it up into blocks if you prefer ;)
And now the fun part, trimming. You will be trimming your blocks to 1/2" smaller than their original size. So that means trim to the following sizes :
20" Block - 3" squares
24" Block - 3 1/2" squares
28" Block - 4" squares
32" Block - 4 1/2" squares
40" Block - 5 1/2" squares
I am making 28" blocks so this trimming example will have raw 4 1/2" HST's that are being trimmed to 4" square. So lets start ;) Begin 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" 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 half square triangle unit 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" lines on your ruler. Trim the 2 sides along the edge of the ruler.
And just like that, you have a whole ton of perfectly trimmed Half Square Triangle units ;) You will have twice as many Half Square Triangle Units as you had squares to start ie 24 Half Square Triangle Units per block in your quilt :)
And that is how it is done!!! A pile of 24 HST's for each block in your project. Now, I want to throw in a quick note here. I know just how much trimming this is, a ton!!! Especially if you are doing the 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 layouts. So if your piles for linking look a little like this (aka not trimmed) that is totally okay. You can continue to trim over the coming weeks spreading the job out a bit. Don't go making your hand unusable for 5 days because you trimmed all at once. And please link up your untrimmed blocks if you cant finish your trimming. Linked untrimmed piles are just as perfect as linked trimmed piles.
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 :)
This weeks prize is for a super adorable Moxi Charm Pack by Studio M for Moda. Don't you just love charm packs, they are so much fun and these prints are just so happy!!!
So what do you have to do for a chance to win the charm pack? Simple . . . Just link up your stacks of HST's :) You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever. Just make sure to link up by the morning of Thursday August 4th when I will be announcing a winner in the next post :)
If you don't get your HST's done (trimmed or untrimmed) by August 4th 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 beautiful to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group and to post it on social media with using #summersolsticequiltalong. I am so excited to see all of your stacks of Half Square Triangles ;)
So let's get sewing and trimming some Half Square Triangles ;) Oh, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a Happy Quilting Day!!