Thursday, July 30, 2015
Half Square Triangles Lessons learned
Since I signed up for Carole's Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along , for mainly two reasons. She was using half square triangles and because it was a mystery. It has been quite awhile since doing a mystery and the ones I have done have always been fun. Plus, I had just purchased a Quick Quarter 2 quilt marking tool and Frixon pens that I have read a lot of good reviews/recommendations about and I wanted to try them out. My opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way by anyone or company.
After finishing step 2 and beginning step 3, I realized that my individual blocks had gone together rather quickly and easily. Hmmmmm.....got the brain to thinking. Sometimes that can be a dangerous game to play. LOL. But, I quickly realized it had to do with following advice from quite a few quilters who win awards and such. I have never worried if my seams and points matched perfectly. I quilt to have fun and to get the gratification of seeing happy faces when they are gifted to someone. So why bother with being perfect. I do not mean to offend anyone in anyway, because those of you who do work at achieving that perfect block and quilt...well I applaud you. Your blocks and quilts deserve every award you have achieved in working towards that perfection. I just draw drop drool over so many of your quilts. But it is just not my will to ever even enter a quilt in a show. Enough said.
Back to the half square triangles and my discovery. After spending all of the time it took to mark each and every single light square, I decided to take that splurge and trim up each and every one of my HST down to the 2 1/2 block size. I was amazed at the amount of little bits of shaved off fabric that began to pile up and up and up. In the past, I have just snipped those little ears off and sewn the HST to the light square and been done with it.
I totally recommend no matter what skill level you are that you do take the time and trim those little HST down to the designated proper size. The strips that I am sewing together are going together wonderfully.
Well, I am off to do some hand embroidery for the evening and check on some emails. Have a great day creating.