“Spring Migration” QAL – Step 1

 

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.

5 thoughts on ““Spring Migration” QAL – Step 1

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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