|As you can see the color is the highlight of this little gem.|
Now the finished size of the square is 3" so the square had to be 3 1/2". In order to make a half square triangle you can take two 3 7/8" squares, place them right sides together and cut them diagonally (corner to opposite corner) and sew along the diagonal cut and you will have a 3 1/2" square. It's really a very simple trick that makes all your half square triangles the right size. From the two original squares you will have 2 - 3 1/2" squares which will be 3" finished size in the quilt.
|Just a little closer look at the individual blocks.|
If you want to change the size of the half square triangles here is the easy way to do the math. Just add 3/8" to the unfinished block square, or add 7/8" to the finished block size, either way works and while it may be just a tad aggrivating to cut on the 7/8" it is better than having off sized blocks. Know how to do this little math step means you can add in half square triangles to any of your patterns and get them to fit properly with nice little corners. So if I need a block that is 4" finished and I decide I want to toss in a half square triangle then I just add 7/8" to the 4" and cut my squares 4 7/8" for a perfect 4" finished block.
Now I know several people who routinely cut their left over fabric into strips and that is how they organize their stash. I think they all cut different sizes too which makes it interesting. If you are one of those people then you may have to trim your precut pieces to get a standard size. If you cut your fabric in 2 1/2" strips then trim down the strip to 2 3/8" and cut those into squares. It is really better to do the trim first and then cut your squares. You will have a finished 1 1/2" half square triangle when you finish your quilt. Whatever the size you have cut, remember to trim off that little 1/8" and then cut your squares and have fun sewing.
It can really be a headache to try to sew long strips of the half square triangles into rows and little errors in seam allowances can add up over the width/length of the quilt giving you something you really don't want to deal with, so the best way to do this quilt is sew the blocks into larger blocks and then piece those together. For example, use the half square triangles to make a 9 patch block (3 blocks long, 3 blocks wide), or a 16 patch block (4 blocks long x 4 blocks wide) and then sew those squares into the larger sections. This will help keep any errors in seam allowances spread throughout the quilt so you will have a quilt that is easier to square, and your machine quilter will like you a lot more!!
Speaking of machine quilting.....I really didn't know what I was going to do with this particular quilt because I didn't want to do an overall pattern that would detract from the lovely piecing. What I finally decided was an outer border of "ocean waves" pattern, and an inner border with stars and then a special little pattern in the blocks. I did a stitch in the ditch and then put a little design in the dark fabric.
|One of these days I'm going to take a class in |
photography!!. You can see the ocean waves
pattern at the top and then the stars in the second border,
and finally the design in the dark triangles more clearly
on the backing.
|I think this is a better picture of the design on the dark triangles|
and the freestyle stars on the inner border.
Quilting should enhance the quilt, not take away and this quilt really didn't need anything that would make it appear busier, so I felt the maroon thread was ideal for this little quilt that already has plenty going on with the play on the light and dark fabrics and the many pieces.
I hope you all have fun reading this and it inspires you to try out this pattern. If you do, please let me know and if possible send a picture. I love seeing what others are doing. Each quilt is a unique statement of our own taste, desires, and love of quilting.
Take time this July 4th Holiday weekend to thank God for the independence we have in the United States and our wonderful men and women in the military who fight so we can keep those freedoms. We have a wonderful country!! If our leaders are not doing what you think they should, pray for them. If they are doing what you think they should, pray for them. Prayer works. Have a great day!!