Quilter's Academy - Volume 2 - Sophomore Year

Vol 3 - Junior Year

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

QA - Vol 3 - More Techniques

Yes, yes, it's been a while.  Lets just say I'm happier making quilts than I am making blog entries. Now where were we..............

Oh yes - Half Square Triangles (HST) techniques. These next methods are best used for making lots of triangles at once. 

No special equipment is required for these.  Draw, sew, cut, trim.

Sorry about this pic - its a new camera and I'm having a little trouble with it - the lines are drawn on the fabric (there are two layers) then pinned on the stitching lines.

Stitching is done 1/4 inch away from both sides of the diagonal drawn lines........

Cuts are made between the stitching and also on the straight drawn lines - giving you lots of HST's!
I like this method - its quick, its easy and its accurate with no special tools needed - what more could you want?

Harriet gives us 3 different ways to make HST using bias strips. I've used Method 1.  Method 2 uses Fat Quarters (18" x 22") which are smaller than the Fat Quarters we buy here.  Method 3 uses a ruler I don't have the - Wonder Cut Ruler by Walter Times Two. 

Method 1 uses the Bias Square Ruler.  Squares are bias cut then the strips are sewn together.


Cut the layers fabrics on the bias.
Sew the strips together
Use the Bias Square ruler to cut out the triangles

The squares are cut oversized and trimmed back.
There is a lot of waste with this method. 
Harriet suggests using the ScrapMaster ruler on the waste.  I don't have one of these, so I'm not overly impressed with this method.  Its a lot of work especially as all the seams are pressed open.
No special rulers or tools are required for this method, except for trimming.  This is very similar to the sheeting method.
Draw diagonal lines and stitch 1/4" along both sides.
Measure 3" away from the edge and cut down the middle in both directions
Cut the diagonal lines and ta-dah - 8 triangles.  Press and trim.
Okay - I mucked up a little here.  I was supposed to use Triangles on a Roll, but I purchased Thangles instead.  Harriet does include a drawing you can photocopy onto legal sized paper, but our paper size here is A4 which is different and as I already had the Thangles.............
The point is with either type, the lines are pre-printed saving you the time and effort of drawing on your fabric.  You can also be assured that the marking are completely accurate.  You need to sew straight because the HST's are exact to size with no allowance for trimming back.

Cut a strip and pin the Thangles on top

Sew on the marked lines

Press while the paper is still on

Remove the paper.  Trim the points off.
Not having to draw the lines does save some time, but pinning all those bits of paper on takes a while.  So does removing all the paper - for me the removal wasn't clean and I spent ages getting bits of paper out of the seams. 
This method is not for me.  Drawing the lines would be faster.  I will admit thought that when I found myself short of a couple of triangles and needed to make up a few extra, I headed straight for the Thangles.  Probably because this was the last method I'd used and the technique was still fresh in my mind.  Anyway I have a heap of these things to use up.  But when they are gone I won't be replacing them.
Now that I have a whole heap of HST's what am I going to do with them?  Sew them into blocks of course. 
Here's a peek at what's coming up...........

Carrie's Table Runner
Harriet's Broken Dishes



1 comment:

  1. I've tried the different ways too and method 7 is my fav. Not doing the patterns in the book but I made up my own practise piece. It is such a "kick" when things work out and points match EXACTLY :)