Tuesday, May 15, 2018

UFO progress

trimming HST blocks
May 2018
I'm making slow progress on this month's UFO. Because I added some width to the pattern in order to meet the QOV size requirements, I made 48 red/red half-square triangles, and 40 white/cream half-square triangles.

88 trimmed and squared HSTs
Whenever a pattern says to make two HSTs at a time  from a square of fabric with a measurement like 6 7/8",  I cut a 7" square instead to give myself a tiny bit of wiggle room. Invariably, if I don't add the 1/8", I end up with a HST that is too small. When squaring the blocks, the trimmings are sometimes a sliver and sometimes merely the 1/8", but the blocks are always the correct size.

This small adjustment always works for me and eliminates the frustration of having to redo the HSTs.


11 comments:

  1. Perhaps the answer to your question in the last post is yes. I know I feel like an antique sometimes. Anyway, what a mural!
    Kudos for keeping up with your measuring and cutting...a part of the process I don't care for (having a crooked eye and all, lol).

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  2. Agreed! Those silly measurements are not realistic for us who use rotary cutters anyways! lol This is the best way!

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  3. I always do the same size adjustment. The blocks are always more accurate once I "sliver trim".

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  4. Look at all the fabric spaghetti!!!!

    That would make good pillow stuffings!

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  5. Holy Moly - that's a lot of HSTs and a lot of trimmings! Now I know why my friend's quilts were so wonky (she has no patience and also no longer quilts - lol).

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  6. For the very few quilts that I have made I did the same thing. Just a touch bigger because once I trimmed they always seem to be the right size! You amaze me with how much you get done.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  7. I had the same problem with a kit I bought from Connecting Threads. I'm now a big fan of wiggle room. You can always cut it off but you can't add it on.

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  8. Lots of blogs today seem to be about individualizing patterns . I think it is great that so many of you can do that so well!

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  9. Great idea - better a slight smidgeon too big than too small!

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  10. I'm interest to see how this one turns out!

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  11. I agree with you completely. My Accuquilt cutter has great dies for various triangles that make perfectly sized half triangle units. But I only cut with it if I have a lot of cutting to do.

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