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Season’s Greetings

Christmas is coming on like a bobsled, and I still have gifts to finish, but I stopped today to whip up a little something for you.

Surprise…it’s a quilt block! :0)  It’s a 10″ (finished) block, and I called it “A Christmas Wreath”.

Here’s the recipe:

GE DIGITAL CAMERAFor each block you will need:

One 6-1/2″ square novelty print

Three 3.5″ red squares

Three 3.5″ light green squares

Four 3.5″ dark green squares

Six 3.5″ white squares

Four 2.5″ white squares

I used a Tucker Trimmer® to make the half-square triangles (HSTs) and quarter-square triangles (QSTs). If you’re not familiar with this tool, CLICK HERE for a previous post that goes into more detail on its use.

Step 1a

Step 1a

The first step is to put white corners on the novelty print square.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of your 2.5″ white squares. Lay a square on a corner of the 6.5″ novelty print square and sew on the line, then trim 1/4″ outside the line. Repeat with all four corners.

Step 1b

Step 1b

Press the corners open. Set this center section aside.

Step 2a

Step 2a

Step 2b

Step 2b

Step 2 is to make four red and white HSTs. Cut two of the red 3.5″ squares and two 3.5″ white squares in half diagonally, and sew the red and white halves together. I press my seams open, but you can press to the dark side if you prefer. Use the Tucker Trimmer® to trim the HSTs to 2.5″ as illustrated. above.

Step 3a

Step 3a

For Step 3, we need to make QSTs. Cut all of the remaining 3.5″ squares diagonally twice.

Step 3b

Step 3c

Step 3b

Step 3b

Sew eight QSTs, each with two dark green triangles, one light green triangle and one white triangle, then use the Tucker Trimmer® to square them to 2.5″ as illustrated above.

You will also need four QSTs, each with two white triangles, one red triangle and one light green triangle. Square them to 2.5″ as well.

Step 4a

Step 4a

Sew the QSTs into four units as pictured above.

Step 4b

Step 4b

Sew two of the QST strips to the sides of the center unit.

Step 4c

Step 4c

To finish your block, sew the HSTs to the remaining QST strips as shown, and sew to the top and bottom of the center unit.

Of course, just because I called it a wreath and used red and green fabrics, that doesn’t mean you have to.

Merry Christmas!

Categories: 10" TQ Blocks, HST's, Scrap Quilts, The Thrifty Quilter System, TQ Patterns, Tucket Trimmer (Studio 180 Designs) | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments

My Overflowing Scrap Basket

In The Thrifty Quilter, I show one way to make half-square triangles (HST’s). I’m often asked if these units have to be made using this method when making the blocks in the book. No, they don’t. I went with that particular method because it was easy to use for any size HST needed in the book. To be honest, it isn’t even my favored method. 

For those who don’t have the book, I’ll explain the method used there, first:  

Step one: Take two 2.5" squares and place them right-sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the back side of the lighter square.

Step one: Take two 2.5″ squares and place them right-sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the back side of the lighter square.

Step two: Sew ON the line and trim 1/4" away from the seam.

Step two: Sew ON the line and trim 1/4″ away from the seam.

Step three: Open the HST unit and press. I almost always press my seams open, but you can press to the darker triangle if you prefer.

Step three: Open the HST unit and press. I almost always press my seams open, but you can press to the darker triangle if you prefer.

That’s it…three easy steps. Of course, there is a down-side to this method, in that you use two squares to make one HST, and you wind up throwing away a pretty good-sized piece of each square. Few of us would cry over the tiny “waste” triangles from a 2.5″ HST, and I have discovered that if you save the waste triangles from 3.5″ squares, you can actually still make a 2.5″ HST from them. The leftovers from a 4.5″ HST would give you enough to make a 3.5″ HST.

Now, here is the method I use most often. Take the finished size of HST you need and add 1″. Since the HST’s I’m using in this block are 2″ finished, I need 3″ squares to start. Of course, I have a Thrifty Quilter bin full of 3.5″ squares, so I’ll just use those.

Step one: Place a dark and light square right-sides-together, draw a diagonal line on  the back of the lighter square and sew 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut the triangles apart on the drawn line.

Step one: Place a dark and light square right-sides-together, draw a diagonal line on the back of the lighter square and sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. Cut the triangles apart on the drawn line.

Step two: Press open. You need a ruler with a 45degree diagonal line that goes into the corner. Lay this diagonal line on the seam, making sure the portion of your square under the ruler is larger than 2.5" (or the desired size of the HST you're making). Trim the right and top sides.

Step two: Press open. You need a ruler with a 45degree diagonal line that goes into the corner. Lay this diagonal line on the seam, making sure the portion of your square under the ruler is larger than 2.5″ (or the desired size of the HST you’re making). Trim the right and top sides.

Step three: Flip the HST around and lay the ruler down again with the diagonal line on the seam. This time, the sides you just cut should line up with the 2.5" vertical and horizontal lines on the ruler. Again, trim the right and top sides.

Step three: Flip the HST around and lay the ruler down again with the diagonal line on the seam. This time, the sides you just cut should line up with the 2.5″ vertical and horizontal lines on the ruler. Again, trim the right and top sides.

There are a couple of advantages to using this method. First, you get two HST’s from two squares with less waste. Second, the HST’s are exactly the size you need. The bonus: no dog ears to trim!

So, let’s fill a scrap basket with HST’s, shall we?

To make this 10″ block, you will need:

Nine 2.5″ HSTs that are half print and half white

Six 2.5″ HSTs that are two prints

One 4.5″ HSTs that is half brown and half white

Two 2.5″ brown squares

Two 2.5″ x 4.5″ white rectangles

The pieces for the Overflowing Scrap Basket laid out.

The pieces for the Overflowing Scrap Basket laid out.

Sew the pieces into units as shown above. You can see this leaves you with four square units that are sewn together first. The sew the strips of white/print HSTs to the right side and top to complete your Overflowing Scrap Basket block. 

"My Overflowing Scrap Basket", designed by Anne Wiens, Sweetgrass Creative Designs. 2013

“My Overflowing Scrap Basket”, designed by Anne Wiens, Sweetgrass Creative Designs. 2013

Make two of these blocks, and over the Labor Day weekend, I’ll give you a tablerunner pattern to make with them!

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