I am catching up on Sophie’s Mod-Mod QAL (details at Block Lotto). The April Blocks fit with the half square triangle theme:
I like to make my HSTs two-at-a-time. The easy formula to remember is add 7/8″ to your FINISHED block size. If you are working with 2.5″ squares, they finish at 2″, so the HST needs to start with 2-7/8″ squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of your fabric and sew 1/4″ from the line. When you cut on the line, you will have 2 HST, quick and easy.
I have also noticed, as I have been working with stash for the last few weeks, I have tons of “dot” fabrics! I gravitate towards tone on tone prints these days because I find them the most versatile in my scrappy type of quilt design. Circles show up a lot! So in a recent buying spree (hey, everything was 50%, what is a quilter to do?!?) I made sure to find other patterns. Tula Pink had some great prints such as “Hummingbird” and “Arrowheads” and I even found a stripe that would look pretty with the blocks pictured above.
Vicki is hosting a Quilt Along. She dyes beautiful fabric and is offering prizes each week. Pick any block that uses half square triangles (HST) and join the fun!
I am using Split Nine Patch blocks as a leader-ender project (more info at Bonnie’s blog), and there are three HSTs per block. As an added bonus, the blocks form HSTs too! Here are the baskets with my squares. The small one holds the 2.5″ squares. I use the two-at-a-time method to make HST, so I cut my squares at 2-7/8″, then sew 1/4″ from each side of a center diagonal, thencut on the line. The bigger basket has those larger squares and the finished HST.
I usually lay out one block next to my machine and then I am ready to grab a piece when I get to a stopping point in my main project.Here is the finished Split Nine Patch block/larger HST: These blocks can be arranged in many, many, many ways. Vicki has been sharing different layouts. Earlier in the year, I started with a single square, then rows of light and dark. This morning I used alternating squares.I have 21 blocks that finish at 6″, so I figure I need about 120 blocks for a 10×12 layout. That will end up at 60×72 without borders, which will fit the QOV required dimensions. I started pinning piles of blocks together in packets of 10. It is fun to watch the pile grow!