Okay guys…it’s go time! This is Block 1 of The Virtual Quilting Bee. This is a Sawtooth Star block with accents in the corners. I don’t know about you, but I love these blocks, they are just so darn adorable:)
If you are just checking in, we are joining Amy@Diary of a Quilter with her Virtual Quilting Bee. She is posting a new block every other week; 16 blocks (that finish 8″) total. We are a little behind, so I am posting a block every week until we catch up or you can go to her blog and wizz on through as fast as you like.
I am using the fabric line, Happy-Go-Lucky by Bonnie and Camille, to construct my blocks. Use whatever fabrics you like and join in anytime!
This block was pretty straight forward, only solid squares and half-square triangles(HST).
HST’s can be tricky, but the method used is one of the easiest.
With your two squares face to face, draw a line from corner to corner. Then sew 1/4″ away from line on both sides. I used a little tool called “Quilter’s Magic Wand”, it has a line down the middle and is 1/4″ to the edge on both sides. It is great for marking 1/4″ lines. With this I will sew directly on my marked line.
Once you have sewn your lines, cut directly between them. You can use a rotary cutter or your scissors. Then press open your HST!
If you can make these….you got it made!
Square up and trim those little dog ears(yeah, that’s what they are called) off the corners. Squaring up means using your ruler to make sure the block, or pieced part of a block, is the correct size. You may have to trim some excess(good thing) or rip and re-sew if too small(bad thing).
If all your HST’s are totally uncool and square, you are ready to piece your block!
TIP: HST’s can be a little stretchy because of the bias edges, I like to use a little spray starch to keep things in shape. One of my faves is Mary Ellen’s Best Press, it is clear and non-flaking.
Now get to making your Sassy Sawtooth♥