When we make Flying Geese in the Thrifty Quilter system, we use the “stitch and flip” method- two small squares and a rectangle equals one “goose”. Of course, this method leaves us with small “waste” triangles.
You can use those, you know.
Okay, I confess, the trimmed-away triangles from small set geese (2.5″ squares and 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles) do wind up in the dog-bed pile in my studio, but recently I made a flock of large set (3.5″ squares and 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles) geese, and those trimmed-away triangles are perfect for making 2.5″ half square triangles…HSTs in quilt-speak. Let me show you:
Draw a diagonal line on the back of your 3.5″ square, and a second line 1/2″ from the first line. Sew on both lines.
Trim the corner 1/4″ from the first line. Press seam open and repeat on the other end of the rectangle.
I now have the “goose” for my project, and two HSTs that can go into my 2.5″ squares bin.
These HSTs are just a little too big, and need to be trimmed down.
Many square rulers have a 45 degree line that goes into a corner.
Lay your ruler down so that the 45° line is on the diagonal seam. The left and bottom edges of the square extend past the 2.5″ lines on your ruler. Trim the right and top edges.
Flip the HST around and place the diagonal line on the seam again. This time the left and bottom edges should be right on your 2.5″ lines. Again, trim the right and top edges.
And here are a couple of blocks you can make with these “bonus” HST’s:
1 – “All Points” (8″ block)
For this block you need four pairs of HST’s, one 2.5″ square that matches each pair, and four white 2.5″ squares.
For each pair of HSTs, sew one to a matching square and the other to a white square. Notice the orientation of the diagonal seams in the photo. All of the HSTs must look the same going through your machine.
Now you can sew those pairs together to make four “point” units.
Then sew the points together to complete your “All Points” block.
2. “Rocky Mountain” (8″ block)
For this block you need ten matching HSTs, plus two 2.5″ white squares and one 4.5″ print square. This block is a good choice for “fussy cut” 4.5″ squares.
Sew two strips with three HST’s and one white square. Notice that the HSTs “point” to the right. Sew two pairs of HSTs. Notice that the pairs “point” to the left.
Sew the HST pairs to the left and right sides of the 4.5″ square.
Now sew the strips to the top and bottom to complete your “Rocky Mountain” block.
Remember- Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 9 hits newsstands on May 6th, and includes a brand new totally TQable block.
Watch this blog for a sneak peak sometime during the week of April 28th!