The other day I posted about this wonderful antique quilt I have to replicate:
So I got started by making a plan. The half-square triangles (HST) in the antique finish at 1.25" and that was fine by me. I thought I would start with 2" squares and sew a very narrow, small seam allowance. That didn't work out so well--the blocks were a smidge too tiny. I increased the square to 2.25" or even 2.5" if that was the size square I already had cut. Here is the process:
|Chain, chain, chain...|
|Make units of 4 HSTs|
|I pressed seams open across the middle seam, do as you like|
|Yes, I pin a lot with these small units-the pin at the bottom helps keep me straight all the way to the end of the seam|
|More open seam pressing, again, do as you like|
|Only 286 more of these blocks to go...|
|As these fill up, I'll make more 5" blocks, no rush|
1. Pair up 2 squares, 2.25", place right sides together
2. Draw a diagonal pencil line on the back side of the lightest square.
3. Sew a narrow seam on both sides of the diagonal line.
4. Cut apart on diagonal line.
5. Press toward the darker triangle.
6. Trim to 1.75" precisely.
7. Join 4 HSTs into a block--it should measure 3" raw edge to raw edge.
8. Join 4 of those blocks into a larger block--it should measure 5.5" square, raw edge to raw edge
9. Lather, rinse, repeat... My plan is to make this quilt 16 x 18 blocks, 80" x 90".
Because this is a Lifetime Project, all I'll do from here on out is cut 2.25" squares of leftover fabrics that I want to incorporate into this quilt. When I need a "leader/ender", I'll grab 2 paired squares and sew them at the beginning or end of my sewing. Then I can cut and trim the HSTs as I get time, and throw them into a box or bag until I feel like making more blocks.
If I had to do nothing but this quilt over and over, I'd hate it before I was close to done. This way, I just get to play with favorite fabrics over time and eventually it will get done. Assuming I live that long. And if I don't, someone else can finish it.