Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Here is how to make 8 1/2 square triangles at one time. First, you cut out a square of each fabric you want to use. I wanted 2.5 inch 1/2 squares so I cut 6.5 inch squares. Next, you draw a diagonal line from corner to corner so there is a big X on the fabric. Then you mark sewing lines 1/4 inch on each side of the center diagonal line and sew them.

After you sew them line up a ruler to cut 1st through the middle of the X vertically.
Then cut horizontally (note I turned my square to make it easier for me to cut).

Last you cut between the two sewn lines of each of the four segments and...

Then you have 8 triangles ready to press open.

After you press them open then you square them up.

I was actually surprised by how little waste I had using this method and how much faster it made the job of alot of 1/2 square triangles. I completed 160 in just a couple of days. Since I don't get but a few minutes of sewing at a time I thought this was a great accomplishment! I was also surprised by how many 1/2 square triangles I use. Last night I was trying to complete the blog bom and it called for eight 1/2 square triangles. The next block calls for 12! It will be a breeze with this method!

Sew Long for Now!