Yeah, sometimes things don’t go as planned. That’s how it was for me this weekend.
I had a project I wanted to work on. Two projects for work are due on the 18th so I feel like I really need to get moving on this one – I need 200 half-square triangles for it. We were going out to our old home in northeast Colorado, which we have completely emptied, except for appliances. Everything else is in storage or at our apartment in Golden.
I made sure to pack very carefully: sewing machine – check; cutting mat and rotary cutter – check, check; matching thread, scissors and pins – check, check, check. We planned to go to the storage unit when we got there to bring a table and a chair for my sewing station. Uh-oh, Dear Husband forgot the key to the storage unit. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a photo of my fix for the problem. I set the sewing machine on the kitchen counter and sewed standing up. Now just take a minute and picture that in your head. It’s amusing, isn’t it?
But now, I want to talk a little more about those half-square triangles. In the August/September issue of Quilters Newsletter, our Easy Lesson talked about stencils for making half-square triangles. In preparation for the Easy Lesson, Linda Camp of Sunday Best Quiltworks sent me a stencil in all the sizes from 1” to 4 ½” finished. Woo Hoo! The size I needed was there. So I got nearly all my half-square triangles done. With the stencil, it’s a simple matter of mark, stitch, cut apart and press.
This is the stencil and it’s worth its weight in gold.
Here are a couple of little hints. I have ¼ yards of fabric so my fabric isn’t as wide as the stencil. That was an easy fix. I drew the grid 2 wide by 5 long instead of 3 by 3 as the stencil is. I was careful to make the ends match so my stitching lines could continue. And I didn’t feel like I needed to mark the cutting line that is in between the two stitching lines.
I went to the sewing studio this morning to time myself with this method. It took 20 minutes from the time I turned on the light until I left again. I cleaned up and put things away, too. And I have 20 half-square triangles ready to press open.
I did finish 160 of them over the weekend. (Only part of those standing up, we did eventually get my kitchen table and some chairs.)
So here is where I am at this point.
I’ll keep you posted on this project. It’s going to be a fun one!!