“Spring Migration” QAL – Step 1

23 03 2015

 

DSCN7122Happy 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.

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Sew the HSTs together on hypotenuses (long sides). Press seam allowances toward Red triangles. HSTs should measure 6 ½” square.

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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.

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5 responses

23 03 2015
Mary Ed Williams

Who thought I would be using “hypotenuse” after all these years! High school geometry was a very long time ago. I hope to start my triangles today.

23 03 2015
csgamble

Finished step 1 tonight while watching Bonnie Hunter’s quilt cam. Love projects I can keep up with!

24 03 2015
Bibby Moore

Mine are red and white.

24 03 2015
Brenda E.

My lime green and gray background HSTs are finished and now to wait for next week! I also love that this is an project with an easy schedule. I am STILL working on my GIMQ and hope to complete that along with this.

27 03 2015
Bibby Moore

I only need to do the border now…My stripe fabric needed a blue and red to go with it so it looks a bit like yours. How can I post a picture to you?

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