Machine Piecing, Minature quilts

Perfect Half-Square Triangles

Well it’s finally done.  I put the final border on the Delectable Mountains quilt tonight.  Those triangles really took a lot of patience to complete.  Unfortunately I had to unsew t and resew  – All those points!

I definitely would sew the half-square triangles by the using Sew and Cut.  The BellaOnline website shows how easy this method is:

With a pencil and ruler, draw a line on the wrong side of the light color square.  With right sides together, layer the lighter square on the darker square and stitch a 1/4″ seam on BOTH SIDES of the drawn line.  Cut apart on the drawn line and press seam allowances toward the darker fabric.  Trim points and you are done. You now have two half-square triangles that measure 2-1/2″ on all sides.  They will measure 2″ when sewn into the block and then into the quilt.  This method lets you avoid handling the bias edges, therefore yielding half-square triangles that are more accurate in size.

This week I’ll be spending time quilting:  Delectable Mountains, the Challenge and  Silent Auction pieces for the guild’s biennial quilt show.

There is always time to quilt!
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  • Reply Debi R. March 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

    That is a great method to use! There’s very little possibility of stretching using this method. Great post!

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