Monday, August 27, 2012

Half Square Triangles!

This project will be a lot of fun. Our Girlfriends! group is doing a swap - half square triangles, in blue, green, yellow,red, maybe purple and I forget what else, what a ding-a-ling! I think we make 32 of each colour, shaded light and dark - get the idea?Now, they are 4 inch finished, meaning our handovers for the swap will be will be 4.5 inch squares. Sounds a lot of work? No not really, I haven't tried this method before and am I ever impressed. I used two 10 inch squares, one light, one dark, right sides together. I ruled lines on the diagonal, with a scant quarter inch each side and then lines on the halves horizontally and vertically. The only lines I stitched were the original diagonals.

Then I cut on those lines as well as the horizontal and vertical - this give me 8 triangle right sides together making 8 squares.
I then pressed the seam towards the darker colour. This allowed me a smidgen to trim square to an accurate 4.5 inches. I always like to have that little bit extra to allow for accuracy and neatness. Hope you can get the idea, as it is really worth a try! Gee, that limey green is really trying to be yellow.
I haven't had a chance to finish my flimsy of the colourful butterfly quilt, but really have only a small amount of work to do - Angela, DD, loves it, oh what to do?


There's quite a few nice social events on the horizon and I'm really madly hoping I can participate - if I can't, I will just have to buy more new fabric to soak up the tears. Happy stitching.

9 Lovely People said ...:

shez said...

what a great idea Lurline.xx

Terry said...

Your HSTs are so pretty! :0)

Mistea said...

Always lots of bright fun here. Hope you get to play with your friends, life's too short for tears even when there is fabric involved.
I like the idea of big squares like that, I'll try to remember for next time I need lots of hst's.
Enjoy your week.

Janet said...

What gorgeous fabrics you have there Lurline. Don't you just love that method and the pen for marking.

Soggibottom said...

Passing through :-) but the triangles look good...
:-) X X X

Jen said...

HI! Lurline, I love the light and dark fabric and large square cutting method. I am going to try that. looks fun.

Julia said...

Love that method...going to be lovely and bright..
Julia ♥

scraphappy said...

Beautiful colors.

Shari said...

What a great method! Four times the result in half the time. And a great way to use a layer cake too. Your fabrics look great.