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Monday, November 30, 2009

Stashville Stars - Queen Size

As I wrote in my previous post, I spent time on Thanksgiving Day working on the quilt for my bed. I'm using Karen's Stashville Stars pattern and beautiful fabrics from Moda's Legacy collection.

I chose this pattern because I like it, of course. I also wanted to see just how fast it really is to make half square triangles with Ta-da Half Square Triangles. I really need fast if I'm ever going to make a queen size quilt. Ta-da is a lightweight fusible interfacing that is preprinted with markings for half square triangles.

I enjoy demonstrating Ta-das at shows. It's even more fun to use them on my own project. And HSTs couldn't be easier.

The markings are printed to fit on fat quarters, but I was using strips so my first step was to cut the Ta-Das into strips.

Then, I put my fabrics strips - one light and one dark - right sides together and pressed the Ta-Da on top of the lighter fabric. Add two or three pins and I'm headed to my sewing machine.

Stitch on all of the dotted lines.

Cut on the solid lines

Press. And - TA-DA! Perfect half square triangles.

By Thurs evening I had 240 half square triangles ready for the next step.

So Friday afternoon I stitched together 120 pairs. Can't wait for another free afternoon to start the next step.

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