Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Bonus Triangles

I've had a couple inquiries about how I made my flying geese units and the bonus triangles for the Scrappy Star blocks.  There are many ways to make flying geese, but my favorite way has always been to use two squares and a rectangle.  I draw a line down the center of the squares, sew on the line, then cut away the excess (and throw it away!).  

Somewhere along the line, I heard about this "bonus triangle" idea, but it seemed like a lot of extra work and also seemed like you ended up with odd size triangles that didn't fit in well with other size squares or block units.  

Earlier this year, I took a class with Bonnie Hunter and she showed us how to get bonus triangles from the project we were working on.  I decided, "what the heck, I'll try it for THIS project."  Well, that's all it took.  I'm hooked!  This little mini is made with bonus HST from that Bonnie workshop!  Just FYI, Bonnie has a great article on her website.

When I started the Scrappy Stars sew along, I knew it would be another project to take advantage of getting those bonus triangles.

For the flying geese in the stars, which are 12" blocks, I start with a 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle of background fabric, and two 3.5" squares of "color" fabric.  I draw a line, diagonally, down the center of the 3.5" squares.  Then, using my ruler, I draw another line 1/2" from the first.  You can see my first pencil line if you look closely (double click photo).  A half inch space works fine for this size block, but sometimes you might have to adjust that spacing in order to end up with a workable size HST.  Bonnie explains that better in her article!

Place the square on top of the rectangle, making sure the second line is on the "outside."  Sew both lines.  Bonnie recommends sewing the center line first, then folding the fabric back to make sure your triangle is going to line up with the background fabric.  

Cut apart between the two seam lines....

Press triangle open and repeat on the opposite side...

Square up the bonus HSTs...in this case, they square up to 2.5", unfinished.

and voila!  You have your flying geese unit and two HSTs!  That's it.  Truthfully, it doesn't take much extra time...especially considering the reward of all those awesome HSTs you'll get to use in another project.  :)

Happy Quilting!
Saturday, August 04, 2012

Scrappy Stars Sew Along

I couldn't resist!  Terry at Terry's Treasures is having a Scrappy Stars sew along.  I love scrappy and I love star blocks, so it didn't take much for me to make the decision to join in.  It's just two 12" stars a month!  

Here are my squares for August.

 I also got these awesome bonus triangles from the "flying geese" part of the block!  A great tip from the Bonnie Hunter class I took earlier this year.  It really doesn't take too much extra effort and you end up with fun HSTs for another project!  Normally I would just throw away the extra fabric I cut away from the flying geese units.

Happy Quilting!
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Quilt Square Quilt Along and Twisters!

It's time to show you my July Quilt Square Quilt Along.  I added a 2" border around the block, to make it a little bigger for use as a table topper....I also tried to make it look Christmas-y, but I'm not so sure that worked out too well.  :P  Check out Jo's Country Junction for more QSQA blocks.

Earlier in the week, at our guild's "Sit & Sew Tuesday," we worked on Twister projects.  I made this patriotic one...this is with the "Tiny Twister."  It measures about 18" x 25" after adding the piano key border.

This is what the patriotic one looked like before cutting it....the squares are 3" here.

I also made this charm square size runner with a charm pack called "Countdown to Christmas."  It was cut with the "Lil Twister," and measures 18.5" x 39.5".

All the ladies had fun putting together the Twisters...it was the first time for some of them and they really loved how easy they are.  Next month when we get together, we are going to work on Gyleen Fitzgerald's Pineapple blocks using her book and ruler.

Happy Quilting!