Something fun is happening over at Angie’s blog at GnomeAngel, the start of the Sea Breeze Mini Quilt-A-Long!!! I read about this a while back, and thought, sounds like fun, but I have a lot on my ‘to do’ list at the moment, and another quilting project shouldn’t really be tacked onto the end of that list.
Hmmm … but it’s so pretty!!! I caved in and purchased the pattern from Canoe Ridge Creations, and started pondering, because apparently that’s what you do before you start a new project! What to do, what to do …
I decided that I didn’t want a ‘large’ mini quilt, if there is such a thing, and decided to make mine using smaller blocks, and I also wanted to try a new technique to construct HSTs (half square triangles). This technique worked so well for me that I’m sharing it here on my blog.
Here’s what you do … this will create 8 HSTs the super easy way!
Step 1 … calculate what size to cut your squares of fabric. Here is how you do that.
- Decide what size you want your HSTs to be when finished. I wanted 2“ finished HSTs.
- Add 7/8” to your finished HST, so 2” + ⅞” = 2 ⅞”.
- Multiply this number by 2, so 2 ⅞” x 2 = 5.75”.
Step 2 … cut two squares of fabric to 5.75 inches, place one on top of the other with right sides facing and draw a pencil line from corner to corner, as shown in the image above.
Step 3 … sew ¼ inch either side of the pencil lines. You will end up with four lines of stitching on each square.
Step 4 … using your ruler, cut vertically and horizontally through the squares, taking care not to shift the fabric as you do so.
Step 5 … then cut along the pencil lines. You will end up with eight perfect little squares.
Step 6 … set and press the seams towards the darker fabric and trim off the ‘points’.
And then there’s the fun of laying the blocks out, and putting it all together …
Now … why do I have a gale rather than a breeze? It’s sad … I was so very careful as I put the blocks of nine tiny squares together, but I didn’t notice that the blocks in the pattern were not arranged symmetrically. If you look closely at my finished mini quilt, you will see that it isn’t quite right!
Wait, it’s not a breeze, it’s a gale … everything is being blown over, so all my blocks are pointing the same way. I didn’t notice this until I had sewed the last stitch on my binding!!! Arrrrgh! So, of course, I sat down and cut out another one, which is now underway!
My girl didn’t even notice anything wrong with my ‘practice mini quilt’ … it is kind of cute, don’t you think? I’ll post photos of the new and improved version, when things have got back to a breeze, rather than a gale …