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Thread: Rhonda's Easy Way to Piece HST Quilt Blocks and others

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    Quote Originally Posted by suedonnie
    I sew the seam then iron in one direction...usually to the darker side. When I sew the rows together the seams go in different direction. The top might go to left then the next row goes to right there fore it crisscrosses. Am I making sense???
    Yep I understand. I like to iron mine open. It will sometimes still flip back but I discovered recently if I take the time to spray it with sizing and then iron it the seam will stay put. I don't always take the time to do this and I just do the best I can and sometimes just let them twist. When you put the batting under it you won't notice it so much. Those seams will sink into the batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zkosh
    Great tute! Thanks!!
    You're welcome!

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    awesome tutorial and thanks again for all of your hard work, I will try to make some as I am a beginner!

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    Just how many times do I have to say it. . . . Rhonda, you have made complicated looking blocks easy. You're the BEST!

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    Thanks Sara!! I hope to offer more in the future!

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    I will try that, it gets so frustrating sometimes, maybe this will help! Thank you for your help I will try this block and see what happens.

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    rhonda, I wish you lived next door!!

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    Rhonda great tute....thanks!!

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    thank you everyone! I am just passing on what God has given me. God Bless you all!

    Clem I frequently wish I was closer to you all but this is the closest I can come! It would be great to have a big get together and do some sort of retreat. I quite often when giving advice wish I could see in person what that quilter is working on.

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    I appreciate the tut that you did you make things look very simple and easy to understand. Thanks again

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    Thanks for taking the time to explain all this. I plan to send it to a friend who can't seem to break the Thangles habit.
    You're the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucylockett
    Thanks for taking the time to explain all this. I plan to send it to a friend who can't seem to break the Thangles habit.
    You're the best!
    I only included the highlights of my HST process in this one. Here is the original tute I did and the problem solving tute I did on HSTs and points.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-37915-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-23252-1.htm

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    This looks so very easy. I made a quilt with Aunt Dinah blocks once which had some areas looking like your Boston Block and part of this set, but had to cut everything a million different ways individually and then sew together. It took me ages it seemed. I plan to try you way from now on for HST. Thank you for your time in posting and illustrating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucylockett
    Thanks for taking the time to explain all this. I plan to send it to a friend who can't seem to break the Thangles habit.
    You're the best!
    Thanks Lucy! Thangles work for some people and that's ok but I could never afford to buy the Thangles and now that I can afford it I don't see the need to. I'd rather spend my money on fabric instead!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Thumbs
    This looks so very easy. I made a quilt with Aunt Dinah blocks once which had some areas looking like your Boston Block and part of this set, but had to cut everything a million different ways individually and then sew together. It took me ages it seemed. I plan to try you way from now on for HST. Thank you for your time in posting and illustrating.
    I hope it works for you and I hope you like it! I do alot of scrappy so we cut small rectangles instead of strips for my HSTs but this is what I use if I do alot of the same color HSTs.
    It saves time and effort as far as I am concerned. I prefer my cut down method when ever possible. I am an impatient person and I don't like having to cut out so many seperate pieces especially triangles and then sew triangles together. Just me I guess. I am basically lazy!! I am going to do it the easiest way possible.

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    Are the outside edges of the HST on the bias or on the straight of grain?

    From the pictures, it looks like the outside edges are bias?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Are the outside edges of the HST on the bias or on the straight of grain?

    From the pictures, it looks like the outside edges are bias?
    I don't pay any attention to bias so I don't know. But since my stuff is so small it isn't an issue. It might be for the larger blocks. I don't really even know how to tell the grain. So I guess I would have to say you will need to experiment and see if it matters or not. Sorry that is the best I can do!!

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    The grain is the way the threads in the fabric goes.

    The threads that go across the fabric from selvage to selvage are called the crosswise grain - usually has more stretch than the lengthwise grain.

    The threads that are parallel to the selvage are called the lengthwise grain. Usually has the least amount of stretch.

    If one goes diagonally, then the grain is on the bias. Usually there is the most stretch when fabric is cut at a 45 degree angle.

    This has a fairly clear explanation with illustrations.
    http://sewing.about.com/od/beginner1/p/fabricgrain.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Are the outside edges of the HST on the bias or on the straight of grain?

    From the pictures, it looks like the outside edges are bias?
    I had another lady question the bias. Here is what I answered her with.

    This is her question:
    Am I missing something ?? If you cut the original half-square triangle unit out of the strip---don't you then have all of
    the sides of the square on the bias ? Awfully hard to sew
    accurately to anything else, especially for beginners because they stretch/ what you have after further cutting & sewing is an hourglass, not a four-patch. four-patch is 4 squares of different colors or pairs of colors.[/quote]

    My answer:
    I cut and sewed a 4" HST. I sewed another piece to one side as if you were sewing blocks together. Yes the sides are on the bias. I sewed two differant ways. Two differant blocks. With the seam following the straight grain and another with the seam following the bias.They came out the same.

    When you piece two blocks together I pin in the center and then match the ends on each side. If you don't pull on the side of the HST you shouldn't have any trouble getting them to line up without stretching. I had no problem.

    If you are getting an hour glass then I suggest you may need to look at your seams and tighten them where they need it. I do get blocks that are off kilter when sewn together but it doesn't have anything to do with grain but with getting a good seam.

    I have done a tutorial for fixing problems when doing HSTs

    This might help if your 4 patch is not coming out right.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-23252-1.htm

    There is no reason in my opinion that a beginner can't do this.
    HSTs are a first step to learning to do more involved quilt blocks.
    If you are doing small stuff don't worry about bias. But if you are doing larger HSTs then just pay attention to anchor the center and the corners. When you have a couple of blocks that one is just a tad wider than the other you can gently work the fabric in so the two fit together without any tucks. If you pin in the center and pin or I prefer to tack( it has less room to move) then if you have a large block or row of blocks then pin from the center out part way and from the outside in to meet in the middle between the center of the block and the corner of the block. This is a valuable thing to learn and any beginner can learn it. Once you can do this the bias is not a problem.

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    Well done! I like this tutorial. Thank you for sharing your expertise with all of us.

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    Nice tutorial.

    I like the way you did the overview - took it down - and then built it back up.

    You made a complicated looking block look very do-able.

    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Nice tutorial.

    I like the way you did the overview - took it down - and then built it back up.

    You made a complicated looking block look very do-able.

    :thumbup: :thumbup:
    Thanks Sharon I think they are easy to do. I appreciate your comments!!

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    Rhonda - I too appreciate when you illustrate it. I saw a great quilt pattern in a magazine-type catalog. So I just divided it into "blocks", then figured out how each block was turned to make the design. It's not an exact copy, but now I can make this pattern because you have simplified breaking a pattern down into parts and pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSewing
    Rhonda - I too appreciate when you illustrate it. I saw a great quilt pattern in a magazine-type catalog. So I just divided it into "blocks", then figured out how each block was turned to make the design. It's not an exact copy, but now I can make this pattern because you have simplified breaking a pattern down into parts and pieces.
    Way to go!! That is exactly what I have been trying to get across to people. If you can "see" the "Blocks" you can take the design apart on any quilt block and then make the sections easy to make.

    I so appreciate hearing this Sara!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Another keeper!

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