Today we are going to make a Variation of the 9 patch . We will make Half Square Triangles from Charm Squares and add them to the 9 patch. This will add more variety to our 9 Patch Sampler.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 4 x 5″ squares Dark and
- 5 x 5″ squares Light
We are now going to make a Half Square Triangle – this is another shape that is used in many quilting designs and with careful measuring, stitching and trimming you will have no troubles!
1. Take one Dark and one Light and on the wrong side of the Light, draw in the diagonal.
2. Place it right sides together with the remaining Dark and stitch a scant 1/4″ either side of the line.
3. Cut between the lines
You now have two half square triangles! That was easy wasn’t it!
4. Now comes the trimming:
To make it easier, I have placed masking tape along the 45 degree line on my rule.
Nanny note: I am going to show you two methods of trimming – you might like to try both and decide which works best for you!
Take one of the triangles and place your rule so that:
- the 45 degree line is along the stitching line so you can just see the stitching
- the 4.5″ line on the rule is running down the left and meeting the other 4.5″ line at the bottom left .
Now trim along the edge that is showing (top right – sorry I already trimmed)
Press seam towards the dark and you should have a 4.5″ square.
Press the seam towards the dark
Place the rule 45 degree line along the seam, moving it along till you can see 4.5″ both ways – mine runs down the left side and along the bottom and meet where they meet the 45 degree line. (see the green pencil)
Trim the 2 sides – top and right
Turn the square around and repeat the process to square it up.
This trimming is an important part of quilting – we keep squaring, trimming and checking as we go and this results in blocks that go together easily and end up the size we are after!
5. Trim the other squares 3 Dark and 4 Light to 4.5″ squares
6. Organise the squares:
When you join a half square triangle to another square, you will notice that the diagonal does not join into the corner of the other square – dont panic! That is what is supposed to happen- it is the 1/4″ seam allowance for when you join to the next row.
Nanny note – pressing: when you join a HST (Half Square Triangle) to another square , press so that the seams including the diagonal seam lie flat even if it means it will be towards the light square.
Sew and press your 9 patch.
Next week we will continue using charm squares, strips and Half Square Triangles to make variations of the 9 patch to add to our Sampler. Don’t forget to show us your blocks – I’m loving the different fabric choices!
Until next time