Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Super easy half square triangle method!

Marny here...

The November/December's Bee Block for the Des Moines Modern Quilt Bee is a maple leaf! Karen's parameters are simple. She is requesting just two blocks where the leaf portion is all one fabric. We have a lot of leeway here. They can be solids or prints in red, maroons, purples, golds, and oranges. The blocks will all measure 12 1/2 inches, but the leaf portion can be any size with background added as needed. The background is a uniform Kona Snow that Karen provided.

You can find the inspiration for Karen's quilt on the The Story of Kat.

Once again, serendipity stepped in (like the lightbulb binding moment). I've started watching the new Angela Walters YouTube videos that Craftsy is offering for free. The first episode of The Midnight Quilt Show aired earlier this week. Angela is a hoot! She is a great teacher and entertainer in addition to her awesome quilting skills, including both longarm and freemotion on a home machine.

Back to serendipity, in the video Angela demos making four half square triangles from two squares of fabric. I've heard of this before, but having Angela whip it up in front of my eyes encouraged me to try it. It is a super easy method for making four matching half square triangles. Warning! The outside edges are on the bias though, so extra care pressing and piecing is required. Light hands with the iron, pinning, and stitching are a must.
Two squares

Squares right sides together, stitched 1/4 inch all around.
It doesn't matter if your stitching crosses in the corners.

Cut corner to corner, both directions

Open them up and gently press

Four matching half square triangle units done in no time!
Maple Block
I'll be adding background to size it up to 12 1/2"
Watch here for our quilt sale to start!

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