Thursday, October 6, 2011

Faster Piecing Part 3: Mulitple Half Square Triangles from Two Fat Quarters

Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers

Faster Piecing: Multiple Half Square Triangles from Two Fat Quarters

The next few tutorials and tips will feature fat quarters.  The fast piecing tips will each be used to create a table set: coasters & a table runner.  So if you want to follow along, have 10 coordinating fat quarters and let's go!!

So you know those half square triangles (HST) that you usually sit and chain piece together one at a time?
Did you know you can also sew up a whole bunch at one time, with just two fat quarters?
1.  Start with two fat quarters that you want to end up with half square triangles.

2.  Place them with right sides together. 
3. Take the final size square you want and add 7/8" here's my Half Square Triangle Cheat Sheet again:
For my project set, I made HST's that measure 3 3/4", after adding 7/8" my cut square size is 4 5/8"

This is where I grab my Sewline Mechanical Pencil
 4.  First draw a 1/4" - 1/2" line in from all four sides, OR 1" in from the selvage if you have a selvage on your fat quarter.  

5.  Draw a parallel line 4 5/8" (Or, whatever your cut square size is) from one of the edge lines.  Repeat all the way to the end of that fat quarter.

6.  Repeat step 5 with one of the perpendicular edges.
7.  Starting at one corner draw a diagonal line across the two corner squares (I recommend using a different color mechanical pencil for the diagonal lines). 
8.  Repeat with the reflecting corner. 
9.  Draw two more diagonal lines creating a square, or if you have smaller cut square sizes you would just draw the diagonal line all the way across the squares. 
10.  Draw diagonal lines through the remaining squares.
11.  Sew 1/4" inside the diagonal lines. 
12.  Sew 1/4" outside the diagonal lines.
13.  Cut on all the straight lines. and the diagonal lines. 
14.  Open the seams and press.  Tada!  You have 24 HST's in a lot less time! The amount of HST's you end up depends on your cut square size, you can end up with more or less.
Come back for tomorrow's tutorial to see how we are going to use this pile of HST's!

And now for the giveaway!

Want to win your own Sewline Mechanical Pencil?
To enter:

1.  Leave a comment telling me how long it's been since you've done a cartwheel! 

2.  Go to the Fat Quarter Shop's Facebook page and like it, come back & leave a comment saying you liked it for another chance to win!

3.  While you are on Facebook, like my page, come back & leave a comment saying you liked it for another chance to win!

Winners will be drawn this Sunday, October 9th. 
Come back next Thursday for another chance to win!
Giveaway sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop

42 comments:

SuzyMcQ said...

hmmmm. I have a gymnast daughter but I can't remember the last time I cart-wheeled. Maybe I'll try one this afternoon and she can spot me!

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to try this marking pencil.

SuzyMcQ said...

Liked you on FB

SuzyMcQ said...

Liked FQS on FB, too!

Sandy said...

Oh my... it has been many years since I've done a cartwheel... I could try one now, but I would probably hurt myself!! LOL

Jeanne said...

Aubrey you are so cute Let's see the last time I did a cartwheel was earlier this summer with my grandson who thought that 61yo was TOO OLD to do a cartwheel. Gramma showed him :)

Jeanne said...

I already like the FatQuarterShop on facebook.

Jeanne said...

I already like your facebook page. I think I will love this pencil and thank you for the quick tute on fast HST's Most helpful. :)

Anita said...

It has been years. Last time I tried a cart wheel, my back sounded like rice crispies....

stephmabry said...

I'm pretty sure I've never actually done a cartwheel - I was NOT the athletic one growing up! ;)

Thanks for the chance to win!

stephmabry said...

I like the Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook :)

stephmabry said...

I like your Facebook page, too!

Heidi said...

I have never been able to do a cartwheel, but it has been about 25 years since I tried!

Heidi said...

i liked the fat quarter shop on facebook

Heidi said...

I also like your Facebook page!
And I love your lessons!

epban said...

It's been decades since I did cartwheels! Would love to win one of those pencils.

epban said...

I like the FQS on Facebook!

CJ said...

I have actually never done the cartwheel since I've just started quilting a while ago. So it will definitely be interesting to try this method and I'm bookmarking this page! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

CJ said...

I went to the facebook page and liked it, great way to be able to find you easily!!!

CJ said...

Also liked your page as well, so another chance to be able to find out more information from you! Thanks for the 3 chances to win. :)

N. Perez said...

Less than a year ago my family and I had a blast doing cartwheels and all kinds of other things I had not done since my mid-teens. It was empowering to know that my body still could do those things I loved. Now, you're reminding me of doing it again.
Thanks for the cool giveaway,
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Lee said...

I could do one in high school - I graduated in 1976 :) so its been quite some time! lol thanks!

Leanne said...

Never could do a proper cartwheel, not for lack of trying as a kid. I do think your tutorial is very clever and I am going to try it in future, so could really use one of those lovely pencils. Thanks.

Tisha said...

It has been 30+ years since I have did a cartwheel. Never was able to do a back flip though...

Tisha said...

Already follow The Fabric Shoppe on Facebook.

Tisha said...

Liked your Facebook page.

Marci Girl said...

Honestly, it has probably been around 1-2 years since I have done a cartwheel, though I was never really good at them!

Lindsay said...

I can't even remember the last time I did a cartwheel, it's been so long.

robin said...

The last time I did a cartwheel was maybe 10 years ago, when I was 35 or so. Not a wise thing to do, cuz I've got tendinitis in both shoulders. I paid for it for a few days.

robin said...

I like FQS on FB.

robin said...

I like you on FB!

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

Oh, a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I have never been able to do a cartwheel!

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

I like FQS on Fb!

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

I liked you on Fb! (Sunni Bolger)

Mindy said...

The last time I did a cartwheel???? Way too long ago to even remember :)

Mindy said...

The last time I did a cartwheel???? Way too long ago to even remember :)

Mindy said...

I liked FQS on FB

Hum... said...

Never did!!! :)

Charlotte said...

It's been 12 days since I last did a cartwheel... We did it during one of our fun speed workouts during cross country... :)

Debra said...

Thats funny. I id one about 2 months ago at work cause someone said I was too old.

Debra said...

I like FQS on Facebook!

Debra said...

I liked your facebook page!

If Toys Could Talk said...

It's been a lot of years since I last attempted a cartwheel... at least 15! Eep! Thanks for the awesome tutorial and giveaway!

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