Just when you think you have all the quickest ways another comes along! Friend BJ recently told me about a new[to us] way of making four HST's at a time, lightning fast!
Of course I had to put it to the test and decided to make HST's for another baby quilt I think it's the seventh this year already!
You begin by cutting two squares of your contrasting fabric, this works for any size square or triangle. I used 9" squares and got 6" triangles.
Place right sides together and sew all around the outside with a 1/4" seam.
Cut corner to corner both directions.
I took down a new tool to do the cutting, a rotating cutting board, boy does it make it easy to do multiple cuts on a single item.
You will end up with four perfect HST's so easy it's almost sinful,LOL!
A word of caution, if you are using directional fabric as I did for one, you will need to decide if you care if they all go different directions or else choose a particular plan and stick with it for every block. I chose the latter idea.
You can see that mine all came out exactly 6", but you could make larger or smaller depending on your original square.
Needless to say I am totally stoked on this, it is my new favorite quilting secret! By putting it on my blog I have blabbed to all and sundry now so I hope you can use this next time you make HST's-if you didn't already know about it!
PS. "Pirate " reminded me about the bias on the HST's-I did think about it and even wondered if it would be an issue but I sewed more than 40 of them together with no stretching. If you were concerned about it you could starch the fabrics before you begin, but I think as long as you are aware that you're dealing with bias, and reasonably careful you'll not have a problem!
My quilt turned out perfectly square.
Here is the completed quilt,
freehand folk-art flowers for the quilting motif. The clown fabric is one of my recent purchases, but the other two came from stash as did the backing,
which had to be pieced to make it large enough!
No label yet, we are not sure of the baby's name, though we know it's a girl.