Happy Monday! I’ve been looking forward to giving you Step 1 of our “Spring Migration” Quilt-A-Long. Remember that you can find the Introduction and all six steps of the QAL on the Patterns page of the blog. Perhaps you’d like to print the instructions as a handy reference at your cutting table.
Read through each step before you cut and sew any of the fabric. Sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance throughout the project.
Step 1: Make 12 Red/White Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
Note: there are two options given below.
*If you have an Easy Angle triangle ruler, cut two 6 ½” x width of fabric (WOF-from selvage to selvage) strips of Red and two 6 ½” x WOF strips of White. Layer the fabrics, right sides together. Trim away the selvage, and then use the Easy Angle ruler to cut 12 layered Red/White triangles. If your Red and White fabrics are 44″ wide, you may be able to cut all 12 layered triangles from one set of 6 1/2″ wide strips. If your fabric is only 40″ or 42″ wide, you’ll need to cut 2 triangles from the second set of strips. Don’t cut more than 12 layered triangles because you need the remaining 6 1/2″ wide strips for other steps in the project.
Sew the HSTs together on hypotenuses (long sides). Press seam allowances toward Red triangles. HSTs should measure 6 ½” square.
Reserve the remainder of the 6 ½” wide strips of Red and White; use the White strip in Step 3 and the Red strip in Step 5.
*If you don’t own an Easy Angle ruler, cut two 7” x WOF strips of Red and two 7” x WOF strips of White. Layer the fabrics, right sides together. Sub-cut six 7” squares. Cut the layered squares in half on a diagonal. Sew the HSTs together on hypotenuses (long sides). Press seam allowance toward Red. Trim HSTs to 6 ½” square. Reserve the remainder of the 7″ wide strips of Red and White; use the White strip in Step 3 and the Red strip in Step 5.
When you’ve finished Step 1, leave a comment below telling the colors of your HSTs.