Here's my first block for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along. This is a ginormous 15" fs block, so I used some of my larger prints. You can find the entire tutorial for the block here, on the quilt-along web site. There is also a link to this activity on my side-bar.
This block contains eight half-square-triangles, all made from the same two fabrics, so I used a quick-piecing method (which I did not invent) and decided to make a tutorial as I went along, to share my method to quickly and accurately construct the block.
Step 1: Figure out the size you need to cut your fabric to start with. I am making 5" finished size (the size they will be when sewn into a quilt, fs) half-square-triangles (HSTs). Take that number and add 1" to it. You may have been taught to add 7/8" instead. That is the number to add if you are extremely accurate and your HSTs turn out perfect every time (not me!). That extra eighth gives you wiggle room and wastes only a tiny bit of fabric. So now I'm at 6". Now double that and I'm at 12". Cut a 12" square of each of your two fabrics.
Position your fabric squares right-sides-together (rst).
Using your ruler, draw a line diagonally from each corner making an X, and again horizontally and vertically across the center making a cross. This is a square-on photo, but the lines are light for a tutorial. I darkened them and took the next picture, but it isn't straight-on.
Next, stitch 1/4" away from each side of the diagonal lines (the X).
I used gray thread, so it might look like more drawn lines, but that is stitching. Now cut your block apart on the drawn lines..............
Press each of the eight blocks open and square up to 5.5". There are many methods of squaring up; use your favorite. I have a 5.5" square ruler, so I just laid it over each block with the diagonal line on the seam line, and trimmed.
You get very little waste with this method (this is all the scraps from 8 blocks),
and very accurate HSTs.
Here's my eight, made in very little time.
There are many other tutorials out there about the importance of pressing, using sizing, etc. This tutorial was created with the intent of sharing how to make 8 HSTs quickly and accurately. And, drum roll........................ 8 HSTs were just what I needed for this block.
There are many ways to make HSTs. This is what I used for this:)
The next installment of the QAL comes out July 4, so I need to get going with my sashing cutting.