Thursday, May 10, 2012

{Sew} Get Started: HST Mini Quilt tutorial

Can you believe this is the penultimate week of the {Sew} Get Started tutorials! No, me either! Today I am really pleased to welcome my lovely Australian friend Kirsten to FairyFace Designs. I first "met" Kirsten last year through Flickr and we chatted lots on email. Then, to my delight, I was her partner for the Solids swap last year, when she made me a beautiful sewing machine cover and HST mini quilt, both of which live permanently in my kitchen and make me smile every day. Kirsten blogs over at Gemini Stitches and you should definitely pop over and say hi - she makes the loveliest thing! I love the HST warm - cool mini quilt she made me so much that when it came to the tutorials, I asked Kirsten if she would do a tute for making one of these. Half Square triangles are so versatile and definitely an essential skill for quilters to have!

This is part of the {Sew} Get Started: Beginner Sewing Tutorials series. For more information and links to past tutorials please click on the button to link to the master page.

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So Kirsten, its over to you!

Hi everyone! I would really like to thank Sarah for inviting me to do this tutorial which uses half-square-triangles (HST's) to make  a mini-quilt which finishes up at about 16 inches square.

You will need: 
18 pieces of patterned fabric cut into 3.5 " squares (I have used a variety of red, green and blue fabrics)
18 pieces of a solid fabric cut into 3.5" squares
a piece of backing fabric approx 18 inches square
piece of wadding at least 17 inches square
fabric for binding

1. Lay a piece of patterned fabric on top of a solid square right sides together.

2. Using your ruler, draw a pencil line along the diagonal from corner to corner. Do this for all 18 pairs of patterned/solid squares.

3. Stitch 1/4" seam on each side of the drawn line.

4.Cut apart on the pencil line which is halfway between your 2 rows of stitching.

5. Press seams - you can press them toward the dark side or open.

6. Trim all of the HST's back to 3 inches square

7. You will get 2 HST's from each pair of patterned/solid fabrics so you should end up with 36 HST's.

8. Place the HST's in a 6x6 arrangement - I am doing a pattern similar to this :

There are many design ideas for HST's though - here are just a few other options using the same amount of HST's (36):

9. Once your HST's are laid out in the desired pattern, pin and sew the rows together using a 1/4 inch seam (refer to Sarahs post for more information).

10. Press seams to one side - alternating directions between rows. (ie. Press row 1 to the left, row 2 the right, row 3 to the left , row 4 to right, row 5 to left and row 6 to right).

11. Pin and sew the first 2 rows together - by pressing then seams to the left and right, you will be able to "nestle" your seams so they lie flatter.

12. Continue joining the next set of rows (3 and 4)  together, and then rows 5 and 6. Then sew the 3 pairs of rows together to complete the quilt. Press the seams to one side and trim the quilt top back to square - it should be almost 16" square.

14.  Making the quilt "sandwich" - place the backing fabric right side down (mine is navy so it is a bit hard to see here), and put the wadding on top.  Lay your quilt top right side up over this and smooth out any wrinkles.

15. Baste your quilt to keep the layers in place - I have used special quilting safety pins but you can also use spray. 

16. Quilt as desired - I have just done echo quilting along the edges of the patterned HST's.

17. Once it is quilted, trim back the edges of the wadding/backing and bind. Binding has already been covered in these tutorials so please refer to them here

18. Step back and admire your finished mini quilt! 

I made up a couple of minis in different designs - pinwheels for this one, quilted in straight lines:

And then Chevrons which I have handstitched in perle cotton:

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. 


Thanks so much Kirsten! I juts love those minis...they are all gorgeous! If you make a HST mini quilt, please add to the Flickr group. And don't forget to pop back next Thursday for our last tutorial where I will show you have to do a little bit of freestyle embroidery to wrap up our series. 


Miss Beau Jangles said...

Thank you for this great tutorial! I have my first ever charm pack winging its way to me as we speak, and I'm wanting to make a sewing machine cover with it - this is perfect!

Andrea said...

Patchwork is alien territory to me but I really like the tutorial, think I'll be giving it a go for sure. Cool that the method gives such diversity for different designs. Thanks

Susan said...

I love the colour palette Kirsten has used for these minis!

Canadian Abroad said...

Yay Kirsten! I always love what Kirsten makes and once again she comes up trumps. Great tutorial.

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Lovely tutorial - I especially love the chevron one!

Teresa F. said...

Thank for an awesome tutorial. I love HST, they are so versatile.

Leanne said...

Thank you for the lovely tutorial, the minis are wonderful.

Debbie said...

Great for you to give so many layout options! Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

Katie said...

Really cute mini! That's probably my favourite layout for a HST quilt!

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute :o)

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

DS HSTs - OMG!!!!

Cherie said...

Ok you must be stalking me! I have exactly 36 mini (2") HST's, I was thinking of making myself a mini with them! Thanks for some design inspiration. =D

Wait does that mean there'll be no more tutorials?

Lucy | Charm About You said...

That Kirsten is so clever and she has great taste! Brilliant tutorial and I love the layouts. The hand quilting looks fab too!

AJ said...

There are so many things you can do with HSTs! Thanks for a great turotial!

felicity said...

Gorgeous projects - thanks for a great tutorial, Kirsten!

Lee in sunny St Petersburg Florida said...

Hey Ms Kirsten,
Thanks for the great tutorial. I really appreciated the ideas for the bold colors and patterns.

I am a middle aged guy teaching myself about quilting and using vintage treadle machines. I just did my first little mini-quilt on my 1941 Singer 66 treadle .. yep it is older than me.

Happy Day
Lee in Florida USA