It's time for the first installment of the Charm Square Sampler Quilt Along. For your convenience, I have a link-party and flickr pool at the bottom for you to share your progress with the QAL group.
The magic begins--we're going to change all of those charm squares into half-square triangles (HSTs). I am a big fan of chain piecing so I sew all of my squares into HSTs all at once. However, you may want to "take it easy" and sew one block at a time. This will mean that you will need to start each block by selecting 8 prints from your charm square collection and 8 white (or back-ground color of your choice) 5" pre-cut squares.
Note: Charm squares are pre-cut to 5", including the serrated (pinking-shears looking) edge which leaves a useable size of 4 7/8". If you are using your stash, cut your squares into 4 7/8".
Here we go:
- Draw a diagonal line down the center of all of the white charm squares. This will become your cut-line later on. I use a regular pencil for this.
There are two ways I like to do this. I like to use a drafting ruler with a right triangle at the bottom. If your fabrics move, place them on a piece of sandpaper to avoid the stretch. The two yellow pins show where I plan to sew both 1/4" seams.
|Another way is to align your fabric on your rotary cutter mat with its right-triangle (45 degree) angle and draw the cut-line.|
- With right sides facing, layer one white (or back-ground color) 5-inch charm square on top of your 5-inch charm square print.
- Sew a 1/4 inch seam on both sides of the drawn line.
- After both sides are sewn, cut these in half on the drawn line. I use scissors, but it is more commonly done using a rotary cutter and mat.
- Press all squares open and toward the print fabric.
flickr pool. Thanks!