Have you recently popped over to Donna's blog, Chookyblue? She's started to work on her Civil War Chronicle quilt. So, I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to start mine.
Given that this quilt is pretty much a half square triangle quilt, I thought I would share with you a method I like to use for when I need a gazillion HST. I like to use what I call the Strip Method!
Let me begin by saying that I will always extra starch my fabrics when I'm working with a bias.
Whatever starch you like to use is entirely up to you. However, as of late, given that I seem to be going through starch like there's no tomorrow, I find Best Press to be a tad expensive.
Yes, it smells wonderful but it certainly requires a lot of squirts to get my fabric stabilized. Needless to say, I've been using it by the gallon.
Unfortunately, the Linit Starch, which allows me to dilute according to the level of crisp I want, is no longer available at my local grocery store! Sigh!
I will be looking into another starch that is less costly. I may even attempt to make my own as I want to stay away from aerosol sprays.
Let's talk math! ..... Please come back! lol
We all know the general rule for for HST - finished size + 7/8 = square cutting size. However, for the strip method the rule is - finished size + 1/2 = strip cutting size.
If my finished size for my HST is 2 inches, I will cut my strips 2 1/2 inches.
I will place my two fabric strips together and sew a quarter (1/4) inch away from the edge.
I sew on both sides of the strips. It creates sort of like a tube.
Press your sewn fabric strips flat.
This is the ruler I like to use:
Quilt in a day Half Square Triangle ruler.
There are a number of companies that make a similar type of ruler, however this is my favourite. I find it more versatile!
I like this ruler because it also allows me to create HST in 1/8 increments as well as 1/16. Most other rulers I have seen only provide 1/4 or 1/2 inch increments.
Now, take your sewn fabric strip and lay it on your cutting board.
Line up the desired ruler marking size on your sewing line. In this case, I want 2 1/2 inches.
Your sewing line becomes the guide for the ruler position.
Take your rotary cutter and cut your HST.
It doesn't matter which side you like to start cutting first. I like to start with the right side and cut the left side last!
When you cut your second HST, you bring your fabric strip to the left and cut. Continue flip flopping your fabric strip until you either have the strip fully cut or the desired number of HST.
If you are accurate in your cutting, you can line up the ruler to the last cutting edge. Myself, I like to re-cut therefore, I leave a bit of fabric and cut both sides fresh.
This method uses the least amount of fabric!
You have a perfect half square triangle.
The strip method makes it so simple for those sawtooth borders! Of course it would not be an ideal method if you only need a couple of HST.
Can you guess where the bias is?
Hum.... provide me with the correct answer and I'll put your name in a draw for a prize! Deadline March 31, 2011.
I don't know about you, but I always need to square my HST. No matter how accurate I try to be, they always seem to come out wonky. The Strip method allows me to cut and square at the same time!
A word about the rule: As your HST get bigger, you require smaller strips, otherwise you are wasting fabric, something I do not like to do. From 3 inch (unfinished) and above check the size you would need. For instance, a 2.5" strip is sufficient to cut 3" HST.
Thanks for stopping by! Have fun making a gazillion half square triangles!