Monday, July 13, 2015

Half Square Triangle (HST) Quilt - Making Center Design

Last week was crazy!  Sickness, who heard of the flu in July?, weather wackiness, and new grandchildren have kept me running around like a chicken with my head chopped off.  But I did get a little sewing done on our quilt and can share the next part with you.  I know this seems like it is taking forever but this quilt has a lot more steps in than any of the others we have made.  Also, it's HUGE compared to the little throws we have done.  So let's make the center design of our quilt.

stars made with half square triangles



So we are going to make the middle of our quilt.  It's just a 9 patch block but we get all kinds of cool secondary designs out of it.

We need to make six like this:


And six like this one:


So as you can see one starts with the plaid on the outside, what I call dark blocks, and the other starts with the white on the outside, what I call light blocks.  Just like any 9 patch block the top and the bottom are the same with the middle being the opposite.  Easy, peasy, right?  Ok let's sew one of these blocks together.


We are going to sew each row together first.  For these, you need to get your edge points lined up the best you can.  Press the seams to the dark blocks.


So now we have our three rows sewn with the seams pressed to the dark.  Now we sew those rows together, basic 9 patch method.  The one difference is we have 5 places we have to match.  Our seams should nest but we still have to hold them.  The next picture might just shock you.


That's right folks I pinned my rows.  At the point of each block and between each block there's a pin.  When there are that many places to match up it's easier to pin than to try to all 5 of those places in place.


In case you couldn't see the star I traced it out for you.  It took me a little bit to see the star sometimes so I wanted to make sure you guys didn't think I was crazy.  I'll see you guys tonight for Fiber Tuesday!

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Melissa Shields
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1 comment:

  1. I love this pattern. I so wish I knew how to sew! Your instructions are so easy I dare say I could follow them if I knew!

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