Good morning! It's time to get started on cutting our fabric for our quilts. Be forewarned - cutting, sewing the half-square triangles, and trimming them is the most time consuming part of the QAL. I like to do a whole bunch at once, and have several batches in different states, so whenever I have a free moment, I can work on something, even if I don't have time to piece a full block.
You are more than welcome to create your half-square triangles however you would like! I am going to present how I make them, but there is no wrong way!
From your two colors, you will cut 3.5" strips, which you will sub-cut into 3.5" squares. (If you sew very precisely, you can get away with cutting 3" squares, but you will have very very little to trim, so you may want the larger squares). You will have to cut a total of 53 strips of each color, which you will sub-cut into 576 squares!! (I told you it was a lot!)
On the back of your lighter color squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. I use an acrylic ruler (I love my 6.5") to make my straight edge. If you use the tape method (tape on your sewing machine to show you where to line up your corners), you don't need to mark anything! You can also use half-square triangle paper if you prefer.
Then, start sewing! Place a light color right sides together with a dark square. I sew a scant 1/4" on either side of your drawn line. I will do a whole batch on one side, and then flip it around to sew the other, and then I'll cut them apart.
After you've done that, you will cut them in half by cutting on your drawn line. Press each HST unit open (you may want to press your seam to the dark side), and trim each HST to 2.5".
Don't get overwhelmed! It is easy to keep up with these as we go - don't feel like you have to do them all before we start. You will make 1,152 HST units for the entire quilt - you've got time!
If you want to sew as you go, each block takes 16 HST units, and we are making 8 blocks a week. That's 128 units you need each week.
Please let me know if you have any questions! Oh, and what colors am I using? Pink and Navy - I'm so excited for something traditional, but also a little bit modern.
Blocks start next week! I will do four blocks on Sunday and 4 on Wednesday!