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Half Square Triangle (HST) Queen Size Quilt - Cutting and Drawing

Don't panic over the word drawing.  It'll be fine.  If I can do it you can do it.  My husband asked me how this quilt fit in with my niche in the quilting world.  Half square triangles have been around forever.  There's nothing new there, though I am doing an updated way of doing them.  Using upcycled shirts isn't new either.  Our great-grandmothers and grandmothers did this.  They didn't let a piece of fabric go to waste.  I'm using them because I wanted plaid that I couldn't find on the bolt but could find in shirts.  Plus, it helps to show any new quilters we have reading that you don't have to go buy fabric.  So where does the modern come in?  The white on white fabric from P&B Textiles and our final layout will have a slight twist.  We'll end up with a modern traditional quilt.

HST Quilt Along Cutting and Drawing Instructions
I figured out that if I put it on yellow
you can see the design on the fabric.

A lot of you have asked where to get the white fabric that I'm using.  I picked mine up at one of my local quilt shops.  I didn't see anything on P&B's website about where to buy so, I did do some scrounging on the web to see if anyone was selling it online. I did find a few places.  I'll list them cheapest to most expensive per yard.  I didn't check on shipping costs.  If you want the same fabric act quickly, some shops had limited supplies.

Sauder's Fabric
The Quilting Cupboard
Callalily Quilts

So are you ready to start cutting?  There is a lot of it.

From plaid - 96 7" squares
From white - 96 7" squares

The plaid was the hardest because deboned shirts are not a straight piece of fabric.  This is where I used the large square ruler I recommended in the first post.  I used mainly the back and the sleeves.  I'm saving the fronts for the border.

The white was easy.  Fourteen strips cut and then cut again into 7" squares.  If you have kids this is a great time to get them involved.  Ask them math questions like, "I'm at 6.  I need to cut 7 inches, what number should I line up on?"  It will help with their adding skills, granted only sevens, and involve them in your quilting.  Get the kids involved when they are young is the best was to foster a love for quilting.

I know the cutting will take awhile.  I spent four or five hours cutting.  Once you have all your cutting done though we need to start drawing our sewing lines.  Some people iron their lines in but on the white fabric I had a hard time seeing them.  So I'm using a fine chalk pencil.  A good old fashioned No. 2 yellow pencil will work too.  You want a fine tip, thin line, a thick line will actually change the size of your finished block.

This is the chalk pencil that I am using, it's really my husband's.  I got it for him for Christmas as a "Welcome to the quilt world" present.  Remember if you purchase through my Amazon links it costs you nothing but puts a few pennies in my fabric fund.

Now here's the next time consuming portion of the process.  We need to draw an X on each of the white blocks on the wrong side of the fabric.  If you need a straight edge use your ruler.  We all know how to make an X.

X on white block to make half square triangles

That's it.  Draw you Xs on all of your white blocks and we'll start sewing next Monday.

Part 1

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  1. Boy does this bring back memories. My grandma used to use all of her grandkids PJ's to make her quilts with too. Quilts always evoke such nostalgia and feelings of family don't they? Love this!