Saturday, October 09, 2010

{ day two with my houseguest }


It didn't take too long to get feeling comfortable with the new Brother sewing machine. So, I decided to jump right into a project! I've had this Peace on Earth Moda Layer Cake laying around collecting dust for about two years, so it is about time I made it into a beautiful, usable quilt! It will either be a lap quilt or a table quilt, depending on my mood.

After spending the day renovating my oldest daughter's bedroom, I wasn't in the right frame of mind to follow some intricate quilt pattern so I decided to just wing it. I used all of the 10" squares and turned them into hourglass blocks using a fast piecing method that does not require pre-cutting triangles. I love this method! It's so straightforward.

Here's the step by step tutorial:

1. Take a lighter fabric and a darker fabric (both the same size squares). Using a pencil and ruler, mark a line diagonally on the lighter fabric.

2. Put your two fabrics right sides together with the lighter one on top.

3. Stitch 1/4" on either side of the pencil line using a 1/4" foot as your guide.

4. Cut along the pencil line with scissors or a rotary cutter. This cut does not have to be perfectly accurate.

5. Press your seam allowance towards the darker fabric OR press open, depending on your personal preference.

6. Repeat steps 1-5!

7. Now, take your two HST's (Half Square Triangle units) and place them on top of each other with the seams lined up, but the opposite colors on top of each other.

8. Draw a diagonal line down the center opposite your previously stitched line.

9. Sew 1/4" on either side of the pencil line.

10. Cut apart on the pencil line.

11. I would recommend pressing this seam open for sure! It will make your block lay nice and flat.

Be sure to check back tomorrow! I hope to have a completed quilt top to show you then.


PS. Don't you think I should really review a camera on my blog next? I think so! The one I am using now is my daughter's Sanyo 7.1 Mega 3X Zoom. I need something with a little more power!

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