Monday, June 13, 2011

July Runner

Since I've been on such a table runner kick lately, I decided to go ahead and make one for July. (Too bad it probably won't be quilted in time for the Fourth!) Ty requested an American flag design, so I googled the flag's dimensions and created a simple star block to go on either side.



Thursday, June 9, 2011

Back to Basics: Half-Square Triangles

I realize that there are several methods for making half-square triangles and even more tutorials already on the internet. However, I had a friend ask me how to make them, so I thought I'd take a few step-by-step pictures of the method I like to use most often.  

Start with two squares of contrasting fabric. In this example, my squares measure 3 1/2 inches. We'll get two half-square triangle blocks from this one set.

Place right sides together, and draw a pencil line across one diagonal, from corner to corner.

Stitch 1/4 inch on either side of the pencil line.


Cut along the pencil line.

"Set the seam" by pressing the halves before opening them up. Press the seam open toward the darker fabric. 

Trim the edges of your half-square triangles so they are perfectly square. In this example, I trimmed them to measure 3 inches.

Tip: For perfect corners in your quilt design, make sure that the seam in your half-square triangle hits the corner perfectly. (In math class, we would call the seam an angle bisector!)
 
Have fun with your squares! These are a just a few designs I thought of, but the possibilities are endless. Look what you can do just by changing the color and placement of your fabrics!

Next time, let's tackle quarter-square triangles.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Need Some Cute Wall Art??

If any of you like to enter giveaways, there is a fabulous one going on right now. My dear friend Jessica of Jeka Tree Handbags is doing a giveaway for Plum Street Prints, an adorable up-and-coming print shop that my dear friend Lori owns! You can enter the giveaway here.

Some of my favorites from Plum Street Prints:




While you're there, check out some of the amazing bags from Jeka Tree. Loving these:



Thursday, June 2, 2011

Table Runners Out The Wazoo...

I'm still having fun with the leftovers from my "Jewelry" quilt. I've got a couple of runners near completion and enough fabric for at least one more. I'll post more pictures as I finish them!