Saturday, December 3, 2011

Moving on with HSTs

I did it! and absolutely love how it all turned out! Whoa! Let's slow down and back up a bit first before I reveal the grand finale.

I made my half-square triangles following what appears to be a very popular method of constructing them - pair up your squares right sides to together (in my case a light and a dark), mark diagonally from one corner to the other (see previous post), sew 1/4" seam each side of this line, and slice the squares in half along this line. Voila! two half-square triangles!

I chain stitched them together as I sewed along my diagonal line. First time doing this as well. It IS a very efficient technique for piecing, I must say, although I don't have a lot of piecing experience to compare...yet. Stitched all seams on one side of the line then switched my chain around and stitched seams down the other side of the line.

Then I sliced. Whew! Scary moment..but all ended well, trust me.
Yes, that is a peek at a GO! Baby. Mother's Day gift, to me. More details on that coming up.

Then a bit of ironing. About halfway through I was asking myself, "Whose idea was this? Did anyone ask if there was ironing involved?"  I don't really mind ironing. At that moment it just seemed like a LOT of pieced triangles until I reminded myself,  "Really?! A lot? Really?! It is only a 24"x24" table topper. Get a grip."

(Note to self: If you are going to continue to take photos on your ironing board, must make a new ironing board cover. Response to self:  DON'T even think about it until after Christmas!)

All blocks were then squared up. Don't have any photos to share of that step. They were all too blurry.

Played with layout a bit, FUN :)  Who knew that you could create so many different layouts with just two little triangles sewn together?! Here are just a couple...

All along though I had a specific layout in mind initially inspired by this tutorial, but more about that later. I going to mess around with blogger a bit and see if I can figure out why it keeps wanting to rotate the picture incorrectly.

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