Monday, February 15, 2010

Another Half-Square Triangle Tip/Tutorial and an Antique Repro Mini

I made this mini from scraps leftover from this top.

I'm using some of my antique reproduction fabric. I love these fabrics.

I have a little trick I use whenever I make a block or piece that has corner triangles to trim away. These pics aren't great. I took them a while ago, but I hope you can see what I mean.

I am a big scrap saver and when I do this with the triangles they are ready to be sewn. It makes an instant Half Square Triangle. I don't have a bunch of triangles in my scraps that will likely never be used.

Okay so for the blocks in the quilt layout above you sew squares onto the top and bottom corner of your bigger square. What I do is mark my diagonal line on the small square then I measure 1/2 inch away from it and mark another diagonal line.

Then when I sew, I sew on the diagonal line and on the 2nd smaller diagonal line.

I cut down the middle (1/4 inch away from each sewn line).

Then you have a Half Square Triangle already to use as leader/ender projects or whatever you like. I made the mini for a fun and quick little project. I just know that I won't use my triangle scraps if I don't do this. This works good for Flying Geese too depending on the technique you use to make them.


free indeed said...

I also do this. What I need to do now is find all these cut offs in the scrap bin and seperate them into their own container...that way I'll know how many of them I have and maybe start thinking of how to use them. Love your mini!

SewCalGal said...

Wow. What a great idea! I also love your quilt. Great fabrics!


Leslie said...

very clever!!! the stars looks so pretty

Jocelyn said...

Wow this is a GREAT idea. What size block did you start with??

Diane said...

I've done that before with a fall flying geese runner I was making-I just couldn't throw those little things away and I got a 2nd little pinwheel wall quilt that coordinated with the runner out of it.
And I love your fabrics-great mini repro, love it!

Jacque. said...

Great idea, Erin! And, I love BOTH of the quilts. Can't wait to see what else you do with the large one. That small one is too dang cute for words! You ROCK!

Jandi said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I love your quilts!

Brenis said...

Oh WONDERFUL tip! and those little hst's are just too cute and totally usable!! Thank you!

Hi, I'm Suz!! said...

UH..... That's Awesome!!

That is a great tip - - I don't think I would'a ever thought of that!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Hugs ~~ Suz



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