Sunday, June 24, 2012

LHQSQ - Adding QST to the mix

Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.

My Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -

LHQSQ - See the page/tab above -

So far -

Is comprised of 6” sampler blocks -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

And 4-Patches that FINISH at 2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

Now I’m going to add another element -


Because -

One half of a Quarter Square Triangle - One UNIT -

Measures the same as one half of a HST -

And when the two halves - the UNITS - are sewn together -

The QST -

Will measure - 2-1/2” square -

And FINISH at 2” -

Just like everything else - ;))


There are a number of different ways to make QST -

You can buy the die -

Or you can use Triangles on a Roll -

It’s really cool stuff -

I have several different sizes -

The top roll - Green -
Will make 735 -
QST - 2” finished squares

The second one - Red -
Will make 1200 -
HST - 1” finished squares

The bottom one is -
What I have left of the roll -
That makes -
HST - 2” finished squares

They come in real handy -
When I only need a couple of blocks -
And not a bunch of “multiples” -


Or you can use Triangulations -
Like I did - here -
Just make sure that you print out the QST ones that will FINISH at 2” -


Or you can cut 1-1/2” strips -
And use the Companion Angle ruler -
By Darlene Zimmerman -
Like this -

I layered a light and medium fabric - right sides together -
And cut out some triangles -

Starting at the RIGHT end of the strip -
Line up the BOTTOM of the strip on the “2” line (2” FINISHED)
Cut one -
Cut UP the LEFT side and DOWN the RIGHT side -

Move the ruler to the LEFT - FLIP it up -
And line up the TOP of the strip on the “2” line (2” FINISHED) -
To cut the second one -
Cut UP the LEFT side -

Cut two sets -

The tops of the triangles are flat -
And they look like they won’t fit -
But they DO - and you have -
One less dog-ear to trim - ;))

Stitch them up -


When I sewed them together -
I flipped them over -
So that the lighter fabric was on top -
And sewed from the top of the triangle -
To the base -

That’s how this -

Turned into this - ;))

Gotta watch that -

Whichever fabric is on TOP -
When you sew them together -
Will be on the RIGHT -
When you open them up - ;))

And when the two halves - the UNITS - are sewn together -
The QST will measure 2-1/2” -
And FINISH at 2” -
Just like everything else - ;))


I love how there are SO many different ways -

To do the SAME thing -

I think that is what makes quilting so much FUN -

So - try everything -

Find a method that YOU like -

And USE that one - ;))


In the next batch of blocks -

Sometimes the two halves - the UNITS - of the QST -

Will be different - the QST will be “mixed” -

So be sure to check the photo -

To see which part of the QST is which color/fabric -


For simplicity -

I will just list the number of individual QST -

That you will need to complete the block -

How you choose to cut and sew them -

Is entirely up to you - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

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