Making Fast HSTs for a Charming Project

moda charm packs using tools from C&T Publishing

Aren’t PRE-CUTS just THE best?

I had 2 Moda charm packs, Odds & Ends, and wanted to make something of substantial size out of them.  Using our fast2mark Easy Triangle Tool, I precisely marked the charm squares for quick stitching.Sandboard_drawing lines

At first the charm squares wiggled, so I put them on the new Essential Sandboard from Piece O’ Cake Designs , which anchored the squares for drawing the lines. The added bonus of the Easy Triangle Tool was that I could scoop up the marked square with ease, since that sandboard really wants to hold on to the fabric.

The Essential Sandboard from C&T Publishing
I cut an equal number of 5″ squares from a mix of dark green prints in my stash and,  putting a charm square and a green square, face to face,  stitched on the marked lines, then cut them apart and, voila! lots of half-square triangles (HSTs to those in-the-know).

moda HSTs
I played with the HSTs on my design wall, and decided on “Check-It Out” as my final design, for a big lap quilt, measuring 47″ x 51″.
Check_it_Out
It was a fun and easy project for a weekend. Thanks Moda, for making my quiltmaking easier with pre-cuts!

(Oh…using our Faber-Castell Quilter’s Pen Set  made marking a breeze. I used the super fine one, but if I’d have needed to mark on the dark fabric, I’d have used the silver pen in the set.)

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4 Comments

  1. Annethe Greco
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Ruthmary – good to see you name in print,I have been watching for you. I recently finished Kim Schaffers (?) 12 calendar wallhangings plus making three more foro the seasons for my daughter in law’s 1st grade classroom in Folsom. Such fun, althougha bit of work, my first major project fusing the applique, I am now a believer and didnd’t have to buy any fabric, only steam a seam 2 . More later hope all is well with you. I miss our visits.

  2. Teresa
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Great post, Ruthmary. I love all the tips. I have to get one of those fast2mark Easy Triangle Tools. You’ve given me a few good ideas for a new project!

  3. catlady
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    OMG! I LOVE your HST quilt. The green with that charm pack turned out beautifully. Love all the great ideas I pick up from C&T’s blog. Thank you.

  4. Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    I really like this quilt! I like how it appears that you are looking through the “check” marks at a quilt beneath. Great idea and really cool tools!

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