HST the Easy Way
Even after yesterday's Scrappy Trips Around the World quilt, I still had a big pile of 5" squares left over. Sticking with my new theory of dealing with scraps as they happen, I took control. There is a terribly easy, no stress, low attention way to turn them into HST. (I say this because I plowed through the stacks all day while hanging with the dogs, and catching up on some t.v., and still didn't screw it up. I like that kind of sewing!)
Take two 5" squares and line up with right sides facing.
I know this picture shows them slightly off, but you want
yours to stack one on top of the next.
Sew a 1/4" seam all around the perimeter. Don't worry
about stopping precisely in each corner, just git 'er done.
Using your ruler and rotary cutter, slice corner to corner.
I was not concerned about accuracy with mine, and found I could cut up to 6 sets at once.
While not the most accurate diagram, you can still get an idea how the two layers will open into 4 HST. A quick pressing toward the darker half will yield a pile of them in no time.
At this point you may choose to square each one up, or as I have intended turn them into more 'organic' blocks. HST are one of the most versatile components of scrap quilts. I see a bright future for these tomorrow, and my kitchen table is nearly clear of scraps now.
Tomorrow I'll be back in the studio, and get them into a quilt. See you then!
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.