Sunday, April 02, 2006
Thoughts on HSTs
It seems every project I've worked on lately has included HST's. In the last 3 projects I've made HSTs 3 different ways.
First time I used Triangles-on-a-Roll to make 160 HSTs. Pin the paper on the two layers of fabric, sew on the dotted lines and cut on the solid lines. Then sit down and carefully pull the paper away before trimming.
Second time I made 72 HSTs by drawing the grid on one of the two fabrics using dotted lines for sewing and solid lines for cutting. Then spent time trimming them.
Today I made another 72 HSTs starting with 4 inch squares. I marked each square with one cutting line and two sewing lines. Then chain pieced the sewing lines. I've now trimmed half of them.
I think the grid method is the one I like the best. There is something about taking the pencil to the fabric and drawing my own lines that makes me feel like I've accomplished the task of creating the HSTs. I'm not a fan of trimming the HSTs, so if someone creates a way to make HSTs with minimal trimming, I'd be forever grateful.
So, tell me, what is your favorite way to make HSTs?