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Thread: How do you do it?

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    Senior Member quiltingnd's Avatar
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    How do you do it?

    I am using scraps to make these little star squares. (not sure what they are called) I think the squares are either 2 1/2 or 2 1/4". I can't remember which right now. And when I make the HST's they are cut bigger. (can't remember those sizes off hand either) Since I'm making all of this out of scraps...some barely 6 inches wide, is there a way to make them quicker than one square at a time? Or is that my lot in life when it comes to finishing this quilt?


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    Looks absolutely gorgeous.

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    Scrap quilts usually do take longer then using yardage. With yardage you can do strip sets but the scraps you have to press, cut the hapes and then sew into blocks. You might find some tips at www.quiltville.com to make it easier. Bonnie Hunter has pattern tutorials on the right had side of her site.

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    Love the colors in your quilt, and the pattern also. It might be a lot more work making it from scraps, but it sure did turn out beautiful. You will love it for years to come.
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    There are quicker ways to make half square triangles, but some give you bias edges, which are a pain to deal with.
    There is the grid method, but it probably isn't a great idea for scraps:
    http://www.patchwork-and-quilting.co...triangles.html

    As someone else mentioned, scrap quilts do take a long time. Check out the quiltville site Tartan provided for her 'enders and leaders' method. It's not any faster, but with some preplanning, you can make a scrap quilt while you are piecing other quilts.
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    I love making two quilts at a time...using the leader ender method.

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    looks great... well worth the extra effort
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    This is wonderful.

    As far as easy, I don't think so. With every block being different fabric, it has to be cut as you go. You could layer three or four different scraps and cut the squares that way but IMHO that is about all you can do to speed the cutting and piecing.

    It is going to be awesome when finished.
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    That is beautiful!! Your going to have one gorgeous quilt when your done. Worth all your efforts!

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    I haven't an answer for you, just a compliment.....beautiful!

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    First off...beautiful. secondly, have you tried chain peicing. You cound premake all the HST's, then lay out squares in desired pattern....and start stitching!

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    For the HST's.... If you have scraps that you can cut into squares, cut them 7/8" larger than you finished squares. Mark the diagonal on the lighter piece and sew 1/4" away from diagonal on both sides. Cut on the diagonal and you have two completed HST's. That's all I've got for you. Scrap quilts take extra time. But you are using up your bonus fabric - so it is ok!

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    I do not know of a faster way, sorry!!! It is so beautiful!!!!!!!!

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    Slow maybe but so worth it...very pretty.

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    I love your idea. This quilt will be so pretty!
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    Wow what a beautiful quilt that will be.
    God Bless you all.
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    Whatever you do or however long it takes, this is and will be a beautiful work of art. Keep going!
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    You did a great job!

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    I saw a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilts where she took 2 squares and sewed them together a 1/4" around the entire square and then cut diagonally and got 4 half square triangles. I love their tutorials. I think this was in a tutorial about an extra large quilt block that needed half square triangles.

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    One square at a time. Oh the fun of it!
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    I'm afraid that you are probably stuck making these one block at a time. It's gorgeous!!!
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    Doing scrappy can be more time consuming, but well worth the effort. Your blocks are so pretty! Do show us pics of your progress!
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    I think you're stuck with one block at a time. But your quilt is beautiful!

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    "Or is that my lot in life when it comes to finishing this quilt?" I am afraid so, that is what scrap quilting is about but look at the end result, fantabulous, don't run out of patience as the end result is so worth it.

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    You can make the HSTs easier using Thangles. A 6" square would give you eight 2" finished HSTs. Or, make your own paper piece by drawing out a 6" square on paper, marking diagonally twice and sewing 1/4" from the line.

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