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Nov 2013

Quick and Easy Half Square Triangle (HST) Hack

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

The other day (or like, two months ago) on QuiltCast, Amy and I were talking about shortcuts and tools we use in our studio. I mentioned blue painter’s tape, and how I use it for making Half Square Triangles (HST) quick and easy. WITHOUT MARKING. Yes, you read that correctly. I don’t mark the back of my half square triangles. I’m a quilting rebel, what can I say. (By the way, have you been listening to QuiltCast? It’s a podcast for quilters that I’m doing with Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side. We’re getting some great feedback on it, and I’d love yours. Head on over and download it and let me know what you think? xoxo)


Anyway, I figured you’d want to see this awesome little hack, because hey, it saves me a ton of time…and who really loves marking the back of HSTs anyway? *crickets*

That’s what I thought.

So get yourself some blue painter’s tape, and let’s do this thing.

Mark one line right down the middle of the tape, and another line 1/4″ away on either side, for a total of 3 lines.

Put the tape on your extension table, lining up the middle line with your needle. Be sure not to place the tape over the feed dogs.

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

To sew a standard HST, line up the top corner with your needle and place under your presser foot. Align the other corner with the middle line.

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Start sewing,

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

keeping the bottom corner on the middle line as you sew.

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

Sew all the way to the other corner…

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

set your seam, trim your excess,

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

press toward the dark, and VOILA!

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

To make 2 HSTs, simply align your top corner with your 1/4″ seam allowance (I use the edge of my patchwork foot) and the right or left line.

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut


half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

then rotate and repeat…

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

on the other side of the diagonal.

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

Cut between the two seams…

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

Set seams, press toward dark, trim up, and check it out! Two HSTs and NO marking!

Seriously people, it’s like magic. (However, it is not magic taking photos in the basement.)

On my table, the biggest HSTs I can do with this method is 3″ square–but for those of you lucky ducks who have a custom table where your machine is inset, you may be able to go even bigger. Just make sure your tape is straight out from the needle.

half square triangle quilting quilt tutorial shortcut

What do you think? Will you try my Half Square Triangle Hack? Do you have any fast and easy methods of your own? I’d love to hear them!

Also. YOU GUYS. New Patterns and a Black Friday coupon code coming tomorrow!! I’m crossing my fingers you love these new ones as much as I do.




Jun 2013

Twelve Words Block of the Month #6: June Delight

June Delight

Hello sweet friends!

Here’s my fun June block for the Twelve Words Block of the Month.
June Delight
I kinda love it.
June Delight
It turned out to be a delightful surprise, as I had a different block planned and finished for June, but when I put it alongside the previous 5 blocks, it just didn’t jive, you know what I mean?
June Delight
Turns out that block will work out better later in the year, and this block works perfectly now.
June Delight
Sometimes, the most delightful surprises aren’t the ones you planned. They aren’t things you control or expect.
June Delight

As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.

Emmanuel Teney

June Delight
I think I’m going to plaster that on my wall somewhere. For the less-than-delightful surprises.


PS Let’s make this block, shall we? Miss the previous blocks? Here you go: January, February, March, April, and May.



(12-15) fabric strips in widths between 3/4″ and 2½” wide.

(1) 3½” x 18″ linen fabric strip (for middle strip)

(1) 10″ x 4″ dark colored rectangle

(1) 12½” x 12½” piece of lightweight paper (I used newsprint.)


Use a glue stick to temporarily adhere your linen strip across the paper square, on a diagonal, making sure it is evenly centered.

Block6CPlace next strip right sides together and sew to the right edge of the linen strip.

Block6BPress away from the linen.

Block6DContinue placing, sewing, and pressing strips to cover the newsprint out to the corner.

Block6ERepeat on the left side.

Gently tear away newsprint paper.

Block6FApplique word using your favorite method. (Tutorial for machine applique using fuseable web, here.)

Block6GTrim the block to 12½” square, being sure to center the linen strip on the diagonal.

Download the template for the word here.

Post pictures in the flickr group. :)


May 2013

Twelve Words Block of the Month: May Flourish


I wanted to do something this month that would stretch me, help me learn. I’ve always wanted to try needle turn appliqué, and I thought, hey, why not on May’s wreath block? Well, I will tell you why not. It takes forever, that’s why not. Despite that, it was fun to learn and practice something new. I now have something to practice, a lot. :)

We need a place in which we may flourish and be ourselves.

Timothy Radcliffe

By way of explanation, I used three different kinds of appliqué on this block, but you don’t have to. I used needle turn on the leaves and stem, machine appliqué on the blossoms, and raw edge appliqué on the centers. I think it adds some fun and variety to the block, but if you are loving one kind of appliqué over another, by all means, use that method.


My friend Kathy swears that she won’t be making this block, which is sad, because it’s super cute. But I know, I know, some of you are still scared of applique. Don’t be! And if you really still are, check out the tutorial I did a while back, it will help. You can learn something new, I promise.

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.

George Henry Lewes

Flourish, my friends.





(1) 14″ background square

(1) 12″ square for the wreath circle

(32) 2½” squares for leaves

(7) 2½” squares for blossoms

(7) 1½” squares for flower centers

Embroidery Floss

Making the block:


Using a water soluble marking pen, mark a line 2¼” in from each side of the background square. Be sure to keep all pieces inside this line.


Cut out all pieces using the templates provided. The pieces DO NOT include seam allowance, so if you are using needle turn applique, you will need to remember to cut seam allowance.

May Block no leavesPlace your wreath circle in the center of your background block and applique. May Block no blossomsNext, place your leaves around the wreath. Applique in place.

May Block no middlesPlace blossoms around the wreath, applique. MayBlock No WordsFinally, stitch the centers of the blossoms down.

MayBlock-No-WordsUsing a light table or bright window, trace the word pattern onto the center of the block.


Embroider the letters and blossom using a backstitch.

Press your block from the back. Square up to 12½”.

Download the pieces here.


Apr 2013

Kortney’s Quilt: Purple, Kate Spain, and Good Fortune


Last week, I finished this pretty little quilt for Kortney, my super awesome sister-in-law. She’s a big fan of purple, in case you couldn’t tell.


When I saw “Good Fortune” by the one and only Kate Spain, well, obviously I had to use it for Kortney’s quilt.

20130410-KortneysQuilt-010I mean, her wedding colors were purple and yellow, for pete’s sake.

20130410-KortneysQuilt-006Also obviously, I’m loving that there’s some orange in there too.


I backed it with Moda Bella Solid in aqua. The binding is some old purple Kona I had in my stash. No idea what color.


I let Kort choose how she wanted it quilted, and she was loving on the bubbles, so that’s what I did–along with a few wishbones, just for fun. Bubbles and Wishbones. Sounds like a band name.


This is a remake of a quilt I did last year for Nyah, remember? Only a little bigger and without borders.


Just a single layer cake, 1/4 yardish of white solid, some backing, binding, and batting, and BAM.


It has a little bit of machine applique on it, which I know you are all experts at now.


If you happen to only be only super-proficient at machine applique and want to become expert, of course go to my machine applique tutorial.


What did you work on last week? Or if you didn’t get a chance last week, what are you up to this week? I’ve got a bunch of longarming to do–ruler work and such. It’s going to be FUN!



PS Thanks, little brother (little? hah!) for being my quilt holder. You rock. Also, nice shoes.

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