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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 5

Quilt block # 5 of the Scrappy Sampler is all about half square triangles!

‘Tranquil Tree’

Half Square Triangle Tutorial
Lets do some Half Square Triangle (HST) Math (chart below)

~ This block is made up almost entirely of half square triangles.

I’m going to show you two methods to make half square triangles for any quilt project!  Both methods keep the bias on the diagonal of the block and NOT the edges of your block ~ which is important for keeping your HST blocks straight and your quilt from ‘warping’.

2 HST METHOD

For this method add 7/8″ to the finished size you want your block to be and use that as the size of the two starting blocks.

Place two squares right sides together.  Draw one line from corner to corner.  Sew 1/4″ on each side of the drawn line.

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Cut on the drawn line.

Half Square Triangle Tutorial

Open and press for two Half Square Triangles!

Half Square Triangle Tutorial

8 HST METHOD

This second method will give you 8 half square triangles…

Start with two squares that are 1 3/4″ larger than the finished size times two.

For a 3″ finished HST ~ 3 x 2 = 6 +1.75 = 7.75 or 7 3/4″

Place two squares right sides together.  Draw a line from corner to corner on both diagonals.  Sew 1/4″ on each side of the two drawn lines.

Half Square Triangle Math

Cut on both drawn lines AND make a horizontal and vertical cut in center of block.

How to do half square triangle math tutorial

Open the triangles and carefully press… try not to drag your iron across the blocks so they don’t get distorted.

Half Square Triangle Math Tutorial

Here is some math for both options…

Finished HST block
Unfinished HST block
Starting block size
2 HST Method
Starting block size
8 HST Method
1″
 1 1/2″
 1 7/8″
 3 3/4″
1 1/2″
 2″
 2 3/8″
 4 3/4″
2″
 2 1/2″
 2 7/8″
 5 3/4″
2 1/2″
 3″
 3 3/8″
 6 3/4″
3″
 3 1/2″
 3 7/8″
 7 3/4″
3 1/2″
 4″
 4 3/8″
 8 3/4″
4″
 4 1/2″
 4 7/8″
 9 3/4″
4 1/2″
 5″
 5 3/8″
 10 3/4″
5″
 5 1/2″
 5 7/8″
 11 3/4″

 

 

For my Tranquil Tree block I pressed the seams open so I wouldn’t have too much bulk at the seams…

Half Square Triangle Math

Even if your careful pressing it’s a good idea to square it… the extra step will help you avoid headaches later :)

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 Finished!

5-scrappy-quilt-block-037Here are the links for the

Pattern

in My Shop

or

on Craftsy!

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sherri

 

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Another Giveaway!

I couldn’t resist! Because as you know…

I have lots of wool… and this giveaway is for a SWEET wool mini wreath!  It’s all of about 7″ wide – just the sweetest!  All made from remnants of my ‘mitten factory’.  Sweet!

 

 TO WIN

subscribe to RebeccaMaeDesigns at the bottom of this blog post and comment that you did

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook, twitter or pinterest.

Thanks so much for looking and Good Luck!  I know I’ll be checking out all the other fabulous prizes!

Winner will be chosen with the plug-in ‘And the Winner Is’ and notified via email.

Sorry but this giveaway is shipped to US addresses only…

You can also win a pattern from my store!  Enter Here…

When you’re done click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew

Thanks for stopping by!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER ELLEN  M. WHO WROTE:
I already subscribe!  Such an adorable wreath – thanks for the chance to win it!
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Giveaway Day is Here!

Yippee!!  December 3rd is the start of Giveaway Day!  Thanks to Sew Mama Sew for hosting this giveaway!  I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last one already???  Giveaway Day is so much fun with so much to see that it now lasts a WEEK!   All giveaways start today at 6 a.m. PST and close December 7 at 5 p.m. PST, and winners will be announced by email no later than Sunday, December 9

This year I’m giving away any pattern of your choice from my shop!  I just love giveaways!  I can’t wait to see all the fun giveaways myself!

Here are just some of the patterns the winner can pick from:

Cool coupon bag…

coupon organizer bag / holder

 

or a nice cover for your ipad…

or maybe a fun quilted hot water bottle cover… I love this!

maybe a pattern for a cosmetic case?

or a mug rug…

or some fun mittens..

TO WIN

 subscribe to rebeccamaedesigns at the bottom of this post 

comment that you did and tell me what pattern shown here is your favorite?

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook,twitter or pinterest.

Thanks so much for looking and Good Luck!  I know I’ll be checking out all the other fabulous prizes!

Winner will be chosen with the plug-in ‘And the Winner Is’ and notified via email.

You can also  enter to win a wool wreath from me ~ Enter Here

When you’re done, click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew…

Thanks for stopping by!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER MARY WHO WROTE:
I like the mug rug!

 

 

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Mitten Factory…. (in overdrive)

I’ve been burning the midnight oil in the mitten factory!  I love this time of year, the holidays, the lights, the Christmas music… pretty sure I was an elf in a former life :o)

Been doing lot’s of cutting… (oH the DusT!!)

 

And lots of sewing….

felted wool mittens

wool mittens

and sewing….

felted wool mittens

felted wool mittens

  and sewing…

madawaska mittens

colorful wool mittens

 Want to make your own? 

Mitten pattern & Templates: MADAWASKA MITTEN PATTERN

Mitten shop:  MADAWASKA MITTENS

or

Click here to see the full gallery of mittens.

sherri

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