I learnt something about quilting!

I was very brave this evening, and got out my quillow fabric. I even used the iron! I was VERY careful about where I put it, and no more floors were damaged. Phew.

So, the last time I worked on my quillow, I was getting in a tangle with my triangles. I couldn’t work out how to make sure that they were all the right size and piece them together neatly. A bit of googling this evening led me to these posts:

http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2013/03/squaring-up-half-square-triangles.html

This first one is pretty darn obvious once you start doing it. Make sure that every square is the right size after every press! Duh!

http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/2012/07/hst-tutorial-and-maths-formula/

And this one taught me the correct size to cut my triangles in the first place. Turns out I didn’t leave a big enough seam allowance. So now I know. The triangles on my quillow for this square will be smaller than planned, but it will look fine.

I am mighty proud of the first half of this square:

half star block

It’s amazing how easily triangles come together with a bit of excess fabric to snip off! Shame my rubbish camera doesn’t take good snaps. It looks good in real life, I promise.

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2 thoughts on “I learnt something about quilting!

  1. It’s 2:30 in the morning. I can not sleep. So if course I’m thinking of quilt patterns. So I grab my phone to go on line and found your website!!! I love it! Not only your endless great ideas, but you made me smile. And God knows I need that. I have a bunch of material to make chevon quilts and other quilts with same block pattern. I have been looking for the easiest way. I want a big pattern to make faster tops. If each cut square (after sewing the big block all the way around) ends up being 10 × 10 would I need to start with a 21 square for seams? Sorry I’m awful at math. Thanks again for being a blessing! Bonita

    • Hi, thanks for your lovely comment! I am absolutely the worst person to ask for quilt measurement advice as my recent quilt blocks are dramatically smaller than I intended them to be, due to poor counting/forward planning. My suggestion would be google – there’s always someone who’s got the answer, but right now, it ain’t me! Good luck x

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