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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

An Even Easier Arrow....

In a recent post, I shared with you an easier way to create the colorful arrows in Denyse Schmidt's new pattern, Point me....


If you recall, I changed the construction after I had already cut out all those pesky triangles....sooooo.....
here is an even easier way to put those arrows together {make those tiny HST's} if you have not already cut into your fabric.

To begin you will need to cut two strips of fabric.... one white and one patterned fabric....cut each strip 4.25 inches wide by WOF.  Then sub-cut the strips into 4.25 inch squares....


Place the  two squares right sides facing and stitch, using a quarter inch seam allowance, all around the outside of the square....



 Now cut the square once on the diagonal....





Take each half and cut again....


By stitching around the perimeter of the square, you have stitched the long straight edge of the triangle......  

Press open with seams toward the darker fabric....


I have finished the quilt and I am now working on the pillow sham.  I found this method is easier, faster and with better results.  Maybe it is just me, but if you plan on making this quilt - you might want to give this method a try.      

   
After you have your HST's....stitch them together keeping the patterned fabric the upper left side and the solid fabric on the lower right.

     
Because the strips are pieced together on the diagonal, each strip is one square less than the neighboring strip...
And for the pillow a single solid triangle is added to the top of each strip...

   
When stitching the strips together, I have found that the bias actually works in your favor.  You can more easily get those seams{points} to fit together perfectly with a little stretch in your fabric strip....

I hope this helps!!!


Well.....I have a few more strips to put together for this one....so stay tuned....
Happy Tuesday!
mary

35 comments:

Amanda Rose said...

This is so helpful. I'm excited to try this very soon. Thank you for sharing!

Amanda Rose
http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

Dan R said...

This is the perfect application for this HST method, as the the triangles end up on grain.

Marie said...

That's a great technique. What size are the HSTs if you use a 4.5" square? I'm just starting to work on a lot of pinwheels and thinking that this would work well for them...Thanks!

Patchwork and Play said...

You are amazing Mary!! This method is so clever and perfect for a project like this! Love the coffee mug too!

Kris from DukeSaysSewWhat said...

Such pretty fabrics, too!

justsewaudrey said...

Great tips! I will definitely try this out.

Jen said...

Thank you so much! I am definitely going to try this!

Jodi said...

I love this method! Though instead of going around the square, I feed one side of a whole heap of squares through, one after the other, then turn the line around and do the other side, then snip them apart and do the same in the other direction. (does that make any sense??) Saves going around corners. I love, LOVE, the way you've put them together! :)

randi--i have to say said...

I like how this quilt is coming along. Very nice! And thanks for the tip!

Miss Holly said...

This is brilliant!!! Now I am going to have to make this!! Just finished a quilt today..so i am ready for something ....posted my new one on my site tonight...basic quilt with embroidered pieces..thanks so,for the great method!!Can't wait to,see this done!!

Linda said...

I have used this method several times for making pinwheels. It is easy, fast and effective! Saw it originally on the Missouri Quilts website where there is a UTube demo.
Linda on http:/linda-koshka2quilts.blogspot.co.uk

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love that trick of sewing around the edges. And I really love the combination of fabrics you're using in these triangle quilts.

two hippos said...

Just a brilliant way to sew triangles! I have only once used them and got into a real pickle and swore never again to try, this has given me hope that i could.

Nicky said...

i love the look but I don't like the repetitiveness of all those HSTs but this might just be the way forward! Thanks Mary!

selfsewn said...

Nice mug Mary!!hehe

elsy said...

thank you....i love your tips to help us novices

Leanne said...

I use this method, and am using it on a project that uses charm squares. It is nice and fast with the precuts.

em's scrapbag said...

Love your cheerful half square triangles!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

And don't your strips just look beautiful! :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

Always such great advice and beautiful pictures here.

Nanette Merrill said...

Great method Mary.

Material Mary said...

you are such a gem. love this method and I will certainly give it a try. Thanks for doing a marvelous post...
Mary

Liz Davies said...

This is BRILLIANT! Thanks, Mary!

AnnMarie said...

That's a great idea I'm definatly going to try this

jen duncan said...

This is brilliant. So glad I found your blog (probably through Pinterest). I will keep my toes and fingers crossed that I remember this method when I finally get down to making a quilt with HST's :-) Thanks!

heather said...

This is an awesome method. One question ... using the "stitch around the outside" method, you don't really leave space for a seam allowance to sew the strips together. How do you not end up ruining your triangle shapes when you sew strips together?

Mary said...

Hi Heather....I hope you find this. You will cut on the diagonal twice and end up with 4 HST's. When you piece them together it works perfectly to create nice sharp points. If you look at the 9th. picture carefully you can see that you have your 1/4 inch seam allowance and will have a nice triangle shape once sewn together.

Carol said...

Oh that is so beautiful! And a great idea. Thanks!

Krista S. said...

So excited to use up my scrap HSTs!!! Just wondering how you make that "extra" white piece to go to the end? Thanks for any help!!!

Krisquilts said...

I've tried this method before and it works well, but word of warning...instead of the long, sewn edge being the bias edge, you now have two sides that are cut on the bias. Be careful with stretching.

Phyllis Smith said...

Have tried to find an answer to the question posed by Krista S. What are suggestions for that extra white piece to go on the end of each short strip. I have not started the quilt top yet, but would hope to prevent any pitfalls such as this. I want to make a queen-sized quilt. Have not quilted in 30 years. Am so anxious to get back to sewing, knitting and crocheting after all these years of working away from home.

La Pecora Nera said...

Hi, great tutorial:-)
Emanuela

Caila said...

This is so great, and SO helpful! Thank you!

Rita in Kansas said...

Thank you so much was a really great way to show how to do it!

Y Mama said...

LOVE this!! Do you have a picture of the finished quilt. I want to do this one, but have only sewn one quilt in my life. Thanks!