Sunday, 22 December 2013

HST BOM 2014

New Announcement

A second BOM ??? YES!

 Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month 2014!

For each month in 2014, I'll present a quick photo tutorial for a traditional quilt block using half-square triangles (HST)! It's going to be a lot of fun, please feel free to join in at any time!

I want to give you a little more information on what to expect and what you'll need before we dive in!

- New blocks will launch the first Friday each month.
- Each block will be the non-standard 18.5" unfinished quilt block.
- Patterns of the Blocks will be $2.00 each and available on my Craftsy shop each month - (sorry - I don't have a once off payment method for the year available yet).
-There will be 9 Blocks in this project and over a 9 month period. You can also make as many as You choose. No hard rules.

I want something different than what everyone else is up to - so hence the larger blocks that can be used to make a cushion cover if you chose to or even a wall hanging. You could even sew all blocks together and make yourself a kick-*** quilt at the end of the year. It's up to you.

Sewing Level: Confident beginner and Intermediate

I am slightly hesitant to list all of the materials needed for this quilt for two reasons:

1. The HST method you choose to use will make a difference in how much fabric you need. If you use the traditional method, you can more easily take advantage of pre-cuts: charm packs and layer cakes. If you use the alternative method, which uses larger squares, pre-cuts won't work very well!

2. I want to encourage you to work from your stash on this project! My recommendation is to work from a healthy stack of fat quarters. I think this will give you the most flexibility in terms of which method you use as well as give you plenty of variety in your quilt or cushion cover collection!

 You can interpret the blocks however you'd like, but in general I think working with colour stacks of 3, 4, and 5 colors will be the most effective!

I'll be providing cutting measurements for two different HST methods. Let's talk about both quickly:

1. Traditional Method - This seems to be the most common way to create HSTs. You start with two squares (1 background, 1 print), and place them right sides together. Using a ruler and pencil, you draw a line across the diagonal on the top square, sew 1/4" on either side of the line and finall cut on the line creating two HSTs.

2. Alternative Method - This is my current preferred method for making HSTs.  This method still uses two squares (1 background, 1 print), but they are larger.  You place them right sides together, and sew 1/4" all around all four sides. Using your ruler, but cut along both diagonals, creating four HSTs. I'll be sharing more about this method later next month!
The method you choose to use is totally up to you! Both give you the same result, and you still have to trim using both methods!

 Finally, I've created a page for this quilt  that you can find in the header! It will have the button, as well as links to each month's block!

Please join in on the FUN!

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