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.