I’m always on the lookout for easier and more accurate ways to piece quilt blocks. In 2010 I took a class with Linda Hunter. I am finally finishing it. The only thing left to so are the half-square triangle blocks for the border.
One of my fellow quilters shared one of her favorite methods of making half-square triangles ie. sewing a 1/4-inch seam around a two blocks, right sides together and cutting the block into fourths.
The internet makes answers to questions like this so easy to find. Christina Lane, The Sometimes Crafter, has come up with an easy formula for creating half-square triangles (divide finished size of triangle by .64) on the Guest Blogger Series. Two squares cut 4-3/4″ each produce 4 perfect 3-1/2″ finished half-square triangle blocks. I always like a ‘bit’ of insurance when piecing so I cut my beginning squares 5″ and had about an 1/8″ to trim all the way around when sizing the block.
The only drawback to this method is that the outside edges of the finished half square triangles are bias edges. Easy enough to correct though by cutting the blocks on the bias-no stretchy edges to deal with in the finished block!There's always time to quilt!