All Stacked Up - Week 3 - HSTs July 01 2019

During the Quilt Along, amounts listed are for our adjusted version (64” x 80”).

You will need:

             - the 25 sets of the feature and coordinating fabrics

             - the marked squares of background fabric

             - sewing machine with ¼” foot, loaded with a neutral thread

             - ruler (no smaller than a 6½” square or a Tucker Trimmer by Studio 180 Design® (recommended)

             - rotary cutter

             - optional: rotating cutting mat

             - optional: clear spray starch (Best Press® or similar)

             - optional: The Cutting Gizmo by The Gypsy quilter®

Make 100 HSTs by following steps #2 to #4 on page 5 of the pattern.

Tips: When sewing the lines ¼” from the marked line, sew a scant ¼” . This will ensure that there is fabric for trimming.

Chain stitch the squares. The Cutting Gizmo makes separating the units a snap.

 

The pattern calls for the seams to be pressed open. These seam allowances can also be pressed towards the feature fabric. The choice is yours.

A light spray of a clear starch like Best Press® flattens the pieces nicely for more accurate trimming.

The Tucker Trimmer makes squaring the HSTs easier. For a refresher on how to use the ruler. A regular ruler can also be used. Find one that has a 45° line marked from the corner so your diagonal seam can be lined up on it. Tucker Trimmer

 

Using a rotating mat lessens the handling of the squares and speeds up the trimming process.

Keep your sets together.

100 HSTs is a hefty amount, so we are giving you an extra week! Next blog post will be July 22nd. ! Mark your calendar.