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Using Quilt Care Cards and Gift Tags – FREE DOWNLOAD

Since it’s getting close to the holiday season, and gift giving is near, I wanted to share something to personalize your gift giving.  Now if you are giving a QUILT that you handmade, it’s hard to make it more personal than that.  But there is something you can add to make the presentation extra fun.  Let me share what I mean.

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One of my Quilts ready to be gifted with a Quilt Care card.  Just roll your quilt, tie with string, and insert a Quilt Care Card.

Quilt Care cards a not only cute, but practical.  Most people use blankets, and aren’t aware that quilts need a little more TLC, especially when it comes to washing them.  A Quilt Care card acts as a way of letting people know how to wash their quilt, a cute way to present the gift, AND a place to write a personalized message on the back.  If you are looking for a quilt to make for someone, you can look for some pattern ideas here.

Quilt Care Card download

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What if you’re not giving a quilt?  That’s okay.  I’ve got you covered!  I created some gift tags that will brighten up any wrapped present and add a little extra detail.  No matter what you give to someone, a cute gift tag adds the perfect touch.

You can print these gift tags on card stock, cut them out, and attach them to your gifts.  I love to punch a hole at the top and tie a string through the card.  But tape works just as well!Screen Shot 2019-10-28 at 11.05.33 PM

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR GIFT TAG DOWNLOAD

I would love to hear what gifts you plan to make or give this holiday season.  Who knows, maybe your idea will spark someone else to do the same thing!  Whatever gifts you are giving, I hope you enjoy these gift tags and the Quilt Care Card.

 

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An Insider’s Look at International Quilt Market

If you are in the quilting world, chances are you’ve heard of the International Quilt Market.  It is held twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.

Fall Quilt Market is always held in Houston (yay for me since I live here!), and the Spring Market rotates locations each year.

As of today, October 23rd, 2019, the Fall Quilt Market opens in a couple of days.  Since not everyone who is a quilter can go to Market, I thought I would share an insider’s perspective, a glance behind the curtain, if you will, into all things Quilt Market.


WHO CAN GO TO QUILT MARKET?

Quilt Market is NOT open to the general public. There are a few groups of people who Quilt Market is made for.

1. Distribution companies and individuals.  These are the people who pay for and set up a booth in hopes that people will discover their product and/or have customers place orders.  This group ranges from some large and established companies to individuals.

2. Buyers. This group of people consists of quilt shop owners, online shops, or anyone who is purchasing large amounts of quilting supplies.  They are attending market to discover the next big thing in quilting, place orders, and learn.

3. Influencers.  This group is broader, and includes teachers, designers, sales and marketing representatives, book publishers, and longarm quilters.


HOW DO YOU GET IN? 

There are some credentials you have to provide to get in to quilt market.  Depending what group you fall in, the requirements are different.  From the official Quilt Market webpage, here are the requirements.

1. Distributors –

2. Buyers –

3. Influencers –  Two of the items from the list below:


WHAT IS IT LIKE AT QUILT MARKET?

Quilt Market is a LOT of fun and is totally exhausting.  It is also not what it was just a few years ago, which I will cover in the next section.

For a quilter, being at Market is like being a kid in a candy store.  Everywhere you look, you see fabrics, projects, patterns, notions, and PEOPLE.  It’s amazing to be in the same space with these designers and business owners I’ve admired from afar.  I may have had my fan-girl moments at times during Quilt Market.  I’m not proud of this. 😉

One draw-back for me is I feel like I need to be “on” the whole time.  I realize that’s just me.  But that leads to afore mentioned exhaustion.  You know when you meet a bunch of new people and you want to be your best self?  Now imagine that from sun-up to sun-down for 3 days in a row.  To say that I need a week of hibernation after market wouldn’t be too far off!  With that said, Market IS a rush.  It’s energizing, magical, and all the things.  To see so much talent and beauty all for quilters?  There are no words!

NOTE: I plan to update this with photos and hopefully a video of market after I visit this weekend.


HOW MARKET HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS

I have been going to Quilt Market since Fall 2015.  Keep that in mind when I talk about MY experience with Quilt Market.  I only have 4 years of PERSONAL experience at Quilt Market.

I do, however, hear a lot of people chat about Market who have been going for 20+ years.  So what I’m sharing comes both from my few years’ experience, plus what I have heard from others with a lot more experience.

“Quilt Market is not what it was,” I’ve heard people say.  That blew my mind!  As I said, to me it is still magical.  But even in the past couple of years I have noticed a change at Market, a shift in the feeling.  It feels smaller, less attended, and less . . . of a big deal, if I may say that.  I know some companies feel like Quilt Market may be a dying thing.  I personally hope NOT.  There is something to meeting people face to face, having human connections, and seeing a product in real life.

Quilt Market started changing when blogging boomed in the early 2000’s.  It used to be that people had no idea what new fabric lines and patterns were coming out until arriving at Quilt Market, or waiting for it to arrive at their Local Quilt Shop.  Market was a bigger deal then.

Quilt shops also had to decide at Market what to buy.  (This is still the case with some companies due to pre-orders and securing you get a certain line.)  But instead of shop owners choosing for themselves what to purchase by browsing fabric at Market, there is pressure to buy what influencers are using.  Thus we see the bloggers (I see the irony here . . . ) having a larger influence on what fabrics shop owners purchase.

There are also fabric and pattern reveals on social media before market.  Buzz about “I NEED that,” starts before Market even opens!  Influencers share what they love, and then their followers want that fabric, and that’s what shop owners are buying and selling more of.

Because of social media, blogs, and online quilt shops, it is no longer the Local Quilt Shops controlling what products we know about and have access to.  We can see a fabric online or on social media, click a few buttons, and the fabric arrives at our door the next day.  Gone are the days of only having access to fabrics by walking in a quilt shop, browsing their selection, and working with what they have.  I’m not saying I LIKE this change, but it is happening.

These changes in technology and how people shop absolutely are affecting Quilt Market.  Some companies feel like Market isn’t necessary any more.  People can do all the same things (see fabric/patterns/notions and place bulk orders) online.  Time will tell if Quilt Market will continue, get smaller and smaller, or eventually be a thing of the past.


WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT QUILT MARKET?

I would love to hear your thoughts and questions about Quilt Market.  Have you ever been?  Are there more things you want to know about it?  Do you think Quilt Market will stick around or become a thing of the past?  Leave your comments below.

 

 

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The Ultimate Guide to PRESSING YOUR FABRIC

It sounds so simple.  “Press your fabric”.  But if done wrong, it can really mess up your quilt!

Let’s look into what proper pressing is and what you need to do it.

First off: What pressing is NOT.  Pressing is NOT putting your iron on fabric and moving it around.  This is ironing.  Ironing your fabric can warp it and make your points not match, your fabric to be wonky, and mess up your careful fabric cutting.

This is ironing.  NOT pressing.

What pressing IS: Placing your iron on your fabric, holding it in place, then removing your iron.
NOTE: I like to finger press my fabric before I press it with an iron.  Finger pressing is when you open your seams and press them open with your finger.  I show you this in the following video tutorial.

It’s tempting to move the iron along the fabric, especially when there’s a long seam that needs pressing.  But when you move the iron around your fabric, it actually warps the shape of your fabric.  This is no good.

When tempted to move that iron around, remind yourself, “I don’t t want wonky fabric.   I don’t want wonky fabric.”  Just hold your iron down, press, lift it up, and repeat.

WHAT SUPPLIES DO I NEED? Really, all you need is an iron and a surface to iron on.  Those are the basics.  There ARE some pretty cool tools to help you, though, and I’ll share my favorites.

IRON – My favorite iron hands down is my Oliso Pro. Not only is it super hot, but it is a smart iron!  You can leave it down and when you aren’t using it, little legs come out of the iron so it stays hot but doesn’t burn your surface.  How sci-fi is that?

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Notice the legs that keep your iron from burning your surface?

SURFACE – An ironing board is the most traditional surface to iron on.  But there ARE ways to keep an iron close by your sewing machine without having a clunky ironing board.

You can use a pressing mat.  There are a lot to choose from, but I love using my Paca Pressing Mat ®.  I like that I can set my iron to the hottest level of heat.  With Wool pressing mats, you need to keep your iron on the Wool level of heat.  With a Paca mat, you can crank it all the way up.  I’ve also noticed with my wool mats that they get scorched and leave marks from my iron over time.  (It may be because my iron was turned all the way up . . .) But when pressing, I want my iron to be as hot as it can be.

I also love that I can put my pressing mat on any surface and transform it into an ironing board.  Not only is that convenient, but your pressing mat redistributes the heat from your iron.  Your fabric is basically getting pressed twice.  Once from the iron, then twice from the heat in the pressing mat coming back up into the fabric.  Pretty nifty!

WATER BOTTLE – If I want a REALLY pressed and firm fabric, which I always do, then I spray my fabric with water while pressing.  I’ll show you just how crsip and flat it makes the fabric.
NOTE: To save the life of your iron, avoid putting water in your iron.  Instead, keep a water bottle you can refill next to your iron.

With water + pressing, just LOOK how flat my fabric and seams are!

And that’s it folks!  With an iron, water, and a pressing mat, you can get perfectly flat fabric.

Things to remember when PRESSING:
* Hold iron still, do not move iron back and forth.
* For extra “Umph” for flatness, spray fabric with a water bottle.
* Finger press your seams open before pressing with an iron.
* Use a pressing mat to add extra heat to your fabric, and transform any surface into an ironing board.

Let me know if you have any questions!  Also feel free to share any of your favorite products or personal tips for pressing.

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Cool Creations with Art Gallery Fabrics

I am SO excited to share the 4 makers that were selected to make something unique with their Art Gallery Fabrics!

Here are the makers, what they made, and what fabric they used:

NUNCIA FABRICS by Art Gallery Fabrics
1. Wendy of The Weekend Quilter | @the.weekendquilter – ‘Lioness Quilt’ (FREE PATTERN here)

2. Mara Harty of The Quilt In Progress | @quiltinprogress – Makeup bags and makeup brush holders.

SELVA FABRICS by Art Gallery Fabrics
1. Kaylee of 31 Rubies Quilt Studio| @31rubiesquiltstudio – Picture Frames Quilt and matching pillow.

2. Jess of Coral Bunny and Lo | @coralbunnyandlo – Aprons.

Let’s take a closer look at each person’s creations!

Wendy of The Weekend Quilter

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I LOVE this fabric used in the new ‘Lioness’ pattern that Wendy designed.  She definitely had Nuncia fabric in mind while creating it.  The contrast of the black background fabric with the bright colors is stunning.  If you look at the photo below that Wendy took of the Nuncia fabric before she cut into it, you can see some of the stunning pieces in this line.  I love the black and white checks and prints, along with the aquas and yellows.  Well done, Wendy.  I absolutely love your quilt and use of fabric.  ❤️

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Mara Harty of The Quilt In Progress

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WOW and wow!  This kind of making is totally different from quilting, and totally beyond my capabilities.  I LOVE these makeup and brush bags that Mara made.  I can’t think of a better (and more beautiful) way to store my makeup.  Notice all the details of the zipper, the little toggles (is that even what you call them?) at the end of each zipper, the ties and string, the sewn lines between each makeup brush.  I also love how she mixed each fabric from the Nuncia line.  Mara definitely has a good eye!

Kaylee of 31 Rubies Quilt Studio

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I LOVE how this pattern shows off the cute details of the Selva Fabric.  You can see the jungle animals and feel the inner child.  And the pillow she made to go with it?  That fringe is everything, I just need to convince Kaylee to make one for me now! 😉  I also love if you zoom in, you can see her squiggly line quilting.  Everything about this quilt and pillow is playful, fun, and makes me so happy!

Jess of Coral Bunny and Lo

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Can you even?  These aprons are amazing, and make me want to go to the kitchen and bake some cookies.  I LOVE the details of the ruffles, buttons, neckline that is adjustable.  And with these fabrics?  I LOVE the fun and creativity in the mixture.  Well done, Jess!  These are just stunning!

So what do you think?  Aren’t these makers amazing?  Which of these fabrics would you want to sew with?

 

 

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Who Wants This Fabric?

I have some LOVELY new Art Gallery Fabrics, and I want to share it with you!

     

UPDATE: <August 10th> – The Fabric Recipients have been chosen!  I will post again on October 1st to share what these 4 lovely makers create with their Art Gallery Fabric!

  1. @31rubiesquiltstudio
  2. @quiltinprogress
  3. @coralbunnyandlo
  4. @the.weekendquilter

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I am choosing FOUR lucky people and sending a Fat Quarter bundle of one of these fabrics to!  Then you’ll have until October 1st to make a project of your choice with your fabric bundle!  On October 1st, I will showcase the projects on my blog and on Social Media.  Sound like fun?  Want to join?  Here’s how!

If you want to be one of the four fabric receivers:
1. Comment below what project you plan to make.
2. Let me know if you want Fabric Bundle A or Fabric Bundle B.
3. Share what your Instagram name is, so I can go see your account (must be public).
4. I will be looking for someone who has pretty pictures!
5. You can make anything with the fabric.  A quilt, a handbag, a cup holder, really ANYTHING you can think of!  But I DO want to know what you have in mind.
6. Make sure you can have your project finished by October 1st.  On October 1st I will be sharing your project on social media and on my blog.

Here are the FABRIC CHOICES:

BUNDLE A – ‘Selva’ by Art Gallery Fabrics. 

 

BUNDLE B – Nuncia, A Tribute, by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. 

I’m excited to see what projects you have in mind! I will announce the FOUR fabric recipients Thursday, August 8th.

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AGF Pure Solids Blog Tour

Did you know that Art Gallery Fabrics just released TWENTY new Pure Solid fabrics to their collection?

I wanted to share their Pure Solids in a fun way, so I reached out to a handful of talented quilters to join me for a Blog Tour!

For this Pure Solids Blog Tour, each quilter got to choose a new pattern that I will be releasing soon.   Then they got to choose ANY AGF Pure Solids they wanted to make it with!  *UPDATE: X Marks The Spot is now listed in my shop!

I love seeing how each mini quilt turned out so unique and lovely just by using different Solids.

Here is a lineup of each quilter who joined the Blog Tour, along with a link to their blog/website, and their Instagram Name:

Monday, June 24th – Kelli of The Willow Market.  IG name: @thewillowmarket. See her ‘X Marks The Spot’ quilt by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, June 25th – Rachel Thomeczek of Wren Collective.  IG name: @wren.collective.  See her ‘Over The Rainbow’ mini HERE.

Wednesday, June 26th – Brittany of Lo and Behold Stitchery.  IG name: @loandbeholdstitchery.  See her ‘X Marks The Spot’ quilt HERE.

Thursday, June 27th – Kelli Marshal of Simply Mackbeth.  IG name: @simplymackbeth . See her ‘Over the Rainbow’ mini HERE.

Friday, June 28th – Morgan Kelly of Morgan Kelly Quilts.  IG name: @morgankellyquilts . See more of her photos HERE.

Saturday, June 29th – Sarah Clayton of Stitch and Bundle.  IG name: @stitchandbundle . See more of here photos HERE. 

 

If you are interested in the patterns used for this Blog Tour, you can get X Marks The Spot in my shop now.  I will also be releasing the Rainbow Mini and other fun new patterns when I open my new membership this September.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Isn’t it amazing how different a quilt can look by using Pure Solids?  Different colors can completely change the look and feel of a quilt.  And as you know, Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Solids are my favorite!  The quality and feel, thread count, and safety of the dies used to make them are non-comparable with other solid fabrics out there.

I would love to hear from you: Do you sew with Solids?  And which of these projects spoke to you?  I hope you enjoyed seeing these talented ladies projects as much as I did!  I also hope you get to sew with Art Gallery Fabric’s Pure Solids, so you can see why I love them so much!  Happy quilting my friends, and thanks for joining us on the Blog Tour!

 

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I need your help!

UPDATE: The votes are in!  Thank you everyone for taking time to vote on your favorite Starburst Chain Quilt Top!  After counting the votes, Number One came in as, well, number one!  Congratulations to everyone who participated!  Each quilt is lovely and unique, and it was so fun seeing the creative talent that joined for this!

 

It’s time!  People have worked really hard to make some lovely Starburst Chain quilt tops in hopes of winning some lovely fabric!  (See the prize below).  Now I need YOUR help picking a winner!

 

All you need to do is LEAVE A COMMENT with your favorite quilt top BY NUMBER. 

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WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?  And if you WANT to share why, that would be EXTRA awesome! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VOTING!

PRIZE:

Sisu Fabric – Art Gallery Fabrics
Mystic Land Fabrics – Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics
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Making Flying Geese

If you are joining the Starburst Chain Competition (Read more HERE), then you will be making a block that looks like this:

Even if you AREN’T joining the competition, at some point on your quilting journey, you will most likely make a Flying Geese block.  There are a couple of methods for making them, but I have found this method I’m sharing to be my favorite.  It gives me the MOST accurate Flying Geese I have made so far.  Not perfect, but the closest I have come to it.

So let’s get started!

First – You will take your background fabric and place a smaller square fabric in the corner, right sides together.  Notice there is a drawn diagonal line on the smaller fabric?  This is essential!  I’ve tried to skip this step before and “eyeball it”.  Let me just tell you that SHORTCUTS = TROUBLE.  Drawing those lines are NOT something to skip!  If you do skip drawing the lines, when it comes to sewing, you will most likely sew a little off, and that will end up with Flying Geese that are wonky.  No good.

Notice that I have TWO pins holding the smaller fabric square down.  I’ve tried just using one pin.  Yes I know, I’ve tried ALL the shortcuts.  But again, that will result in wonky lines and fabric moving while you sew.  Take it from me: even if it takes more time, you WANT to use TWO pins on both sides of the drawn line to hold your square in place.

Second – Sew ON the drawn line. This photo shows sewing ON the drawn line, but it is a few steps ahead.  It already has half of the flying geese finished.  It turns out I forgot to take a picture of this step with only one square on the fabric!  But you get the idea of sewing ON the drawn line.

 

Third –  Using a ruler, cut 1/4 away from the sewn line.  You can see on this ruler there is a dotted line marking 1/4″.  I used that dotted line and set it against my sewn seam, and trimmed my block.

Fourth – I then use my fingers to open the fabric.  Notice how I leave the seam on the mat while I lift the fabric up?  This naturally leaves the seam pressed to the darker fabric, which is what you want, unless your pattern tells you otherwise.

Then I press firmly with my fingers before I iron my block.

Fifth – At this point, you are going to do steps one through four on the opposite side of your fabric. Pin your second square to your fabric, right sides together, sew ON the drawn line, trim 1/4″ away from the seam, press open.

   

Six – At this point you will be sewing your Flying Geese block, right sides together, with another piece of fabric.  I wanted to share a little trick I have learned after lots of trial and error.  When you sew your Flying Geese block to another piece of fabric, have the Flying Geese block facing you.  This way you can see the center of the flying geese, as I am pointing out in the picture below.

Watch your needle as you sew, and make sure the needle hits RIGHT at that center point.  Then, when you open your fabric, it will have joined with your other fabric at JUST the right place!

Notice how the center of the Flying Geese matches perfectly with the block of fabric it was sewn to?  (The bottom of the ‘V’ is flush on the other fabric?) That little trick of watching the needle on the wrong side of your Flying Geese while sewing will get it this way every time.

So that’s it folks!  Let me know if you have any comments or questions.  I love hearing feedback and what you find helpful.  Leave a comment or drop my an email.  And if you want to grab a copy of the Starburst Chain Pattern and try this method out, here is a link the the pattern:  STARBURST CHAIN PATTERN

 

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A Friendly Quilting Competition!

I am SUPER excited to invite each of you to join a friendly little quilting competition!  I have some Art Gallery Fabric fat quarter bundles of fabric, and one lucky winner is going to get them ALL!  *Sisu was designed by Art Gallery Fabrics Design Team and Mystic Land was designed by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics.*

HOW can you win ALL this fabric?  I’m so glad you asked!

During the next few weeks, make any size of my new Starburst Chain quilt (Baby, Throw, or Queen), then share your photo with me on Instagram with the hashtag #StarburstChainQuilt, or you can email your photo to me if you aren’t on social media.  I will have a blog post sharing all the quilt top photos (you don’t need to have it quilted, just finish the quilt top).  Then, I am going to let YOU, my readers, vote on your favorite!

Whoever wins the most votes for favorite quilt top gets ALL the fabric shown above!  And yes, this is open world wide!  So hurry and grab my pattern HERE and get started!

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Quilt top pictures need to be submitted to me by June 15th.  Good luck and happy quilting!  Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

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Making Perfect Half Square Triangles!

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Ah!  The joy of making a perfect Half Square Triangle!

Half Square Triangles are one of my favorite things to make!  If you want to learn how to make the PERFECT HST (or pretty darn close) then you can either watch my video tutorial or read below!  You can also get a cheat sheet emailed to you with all the math on what size to cut your squares, images reminding you where to cut, and all the help you need to make the perfect HSTs.  Get that by clicking HERE.

 

Watch my video tutorial here:  

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CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO TUTORIAL

You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can be notified whenever I make a new Quilting Tutorial video!

CHEAT SHEET:

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Get your CHEET SHEAT here!

Before you start making HSTs, you need to know what size to make them.  Once you know what size to make them, you can refer to my CHEET SHEAT to see what size to cut your squares to begin.

You will also need to decide if you want to make 2, 4, or 8 HSTs at once.  I prefer to make 8 at once, because the more you make at once, the faster it goes.  Plus, I use an amazing RULER that helps me go faster when I make 8 at once.

I will show you with photos how to make 2, 4, or 8 HSTs.

To begin, you will need to draw either 1 or 2 diagonal lines (like an X) on the wrong side of your lightest fabric.  To know if you draw 1 or 2 diagonal lines, refer to the CHEET SHEAT.  I use a ruler and a pencil to do this.

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Making 2 HSTs At A Time:

HST4 After making 1 diagonal line on your fabric, pin your 2 fabric squares, right sides together.

IMG_7678 Sew 1/4″ away from the drawn lines on BOTH sides of the drawn line.

HST 20 Cut ON the drawn line.  Finger press your HSTs open, then press them open with an iron, with your seams towards the darker fabric.

SQUARING UP:

Notice these photos are bigger, so you can see the details more clearly.

HST17Using a ruler, place the diagonal line of the ruler on the sewn diagonal line of your HST.  I prefer to use a Creative Grids Ruler.  Find the markings on your ruler where your HST needs to be trimmed to.  For example, in this picture I am squaring up my HST to be 3 1/2″.  You can see the I have found the 3 1/2″ marks on my ruler and lined up my HST with them.  You will notice I did leave a LITTLE extra fabric past the 3 1/2″ marks.  This is intentional, I did that so that I can trim all 4 sides of the square to leave me with a perfectly square HST.

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Trim, or square up, the outer 2 sides of you HST.

HST19 Turn your ruler placing the 3 1/2″ markings on the trimmed sides of your HST. (3 1/2″ is just an example here – be sure to use the size you need for you HST).  Then square up or trim the other 2 sides of your HST.  This will leave you with a perfectly squared HST.

MAKING 4 HSTs AT A TIME: 

HST3 After making 2 diagonal lines on your fabric, pin your 2 fabric squares, right sides together.  Notice the pins are closer to the inside of the square.  This is so you can follow the next step easily, without your pins getting in the way.
HST10 Sew 1/4″ border around the outside of your square.
HST21 Cut ON the drawn lines.

Follow the squaring up steps from above.  

MAKING 8 HSTs AT A TIME:

HST2 After making 2 diagonal lines on your fabric, pin your 2 fabric squares, right sides together.  Notice the pins are near the outside of the square, and further away from the drawn lines.  This is to help you avoid sewing over your pins for the next step.
HST13 Sew 1/4″ away from each drawn line on both sides of the drawn lines.
HST15 Cut ON the drawn lines, and then cut vertically and horizontally.
HST16 Before opening my HST and pressing it, I use my Quilt In A Day Ruler to square up my HST.  Using the cheat sheet or the sheet that comes with the ruler, you will know where to place the ruler.
*Notice that for this HST, I am using the 2 1/2″ line as my guide for squaring up.  I place that 2 1/2″ line on the SEWN line, not on the the edge of the triangle.  Keep that in mind if you get your own Quilt In A Day Ruler.

HST17  After squaring up your HST with the ruler, you will need to open your HST and press the seams to the darker fabric.  Then trim those little triangle flaps called Dog Ears.  I place a ruler along the side of my HST while doing this.  I don’t want my rotary cutter slip and accidentally cut my HST!

And there you have it!  The keys that I have found that have made my HSTs turn out pretty darn close to perfect is:
1. Starching my fabric before I even cut my fabric. (See a tutorial here)
2. Using the measurements on my cheat sheet to make sure I have a little extra fabric.  This allows me to square up my HSTs, and when you are able to square up, you are able to get the squares JUST right!
3. When I make 8 HSTs at a time, I will always use the Quilt In A Day Ruler!

If you have any questions or comments, please share them!  I love hearing from you and I am happy to help if I can!