Wednesday, March 30, 2011

quick hsq tutorial

I'm obviously not the first one to think of this idea, but I did use a quick
technique to make these half-square triangles.

I didn't do any math, but I see that Christina over at the sometimes crafter did on a guest post.
There's a GREAT video on this by Missouri Quilt Co. on how to do these too.

Here's what I did:

I used a layer cake, then cut the solid fabric to 10 inches square. Layer them right sides together. And,

Sew along the outer edges (as if you're sewing a pillow, but don't leave an opening).

Here's a close-up of my questionable quarter inch seam allowance.

Slice into quarters, diagonally.

Open and press.

Here's what I did with mine.
There are millions of ways to arrange hsq's, limited only by your imagination.

Mine aren't sewn together or trimmed yet since I'm adding a few more.
I'm pretty enamored with this layout so I think I'll be stitching it up soon.

Lots more to come, including: aprons and the MSU Arts & Craft Show


Cyndee said...

I love it. I haven't done any cutting on my fabric yet so this is great. I think I know what I am going to be doing this weekend. Thanks.

Wendy said...

Wow, is it really that simple? I thought you had to draw all these lines and sew along them and cut and stuff... Your layout looks fab - what's the fabric line?

Willow said...

Why have'nt i thought about it myself? :-)
It's so simple. And the first really efficent methode!!!!

Thanks a lot for sharing :-)


Susan said...

Fabulous idea! I will have to try this next time!! I love the colors you selected.