I have found using the Aurifil 50 weight thread makes quite a difference to getting these lovely little squares accurate. With the fine thread you can get fine stitching in the seams that does not take up allot of room therefore making a 1/4 inch seam more achievable. I also use a Schmetz 60/8 sharp microtex needle with this thread making smaller holes and again less room in my seams. I use this thread for all of my piecing work and have found it to be absolutely brilliant.
Aurifil Thread is available on our website. www.pinevalley.co.nz/catalog/aurifil-100-cotton-mako-502-thread
Schmetz sewing machine needles are also available on our website. www.pinevalley.co.nz/catalog/schmetz-sewing-machine-needles
When making smaller blocks, I have found that smaller prints or tone on tone fabrics work famously. The black fabric in these pictures has maybe a larger print then I would normally use for this size but as it is the black that I want to focus on in my design I am happy with it.
I am making these into a table runner for our Pine Valley Quilts pattern line so keep watching as I will keep you updated with the progress.
For this one inch size 1/2 square triangle you need to cut squares 1 7/8 inches, then draw a diagonal line down the middle of the wrong side of the light square.
Place squares together with right sides facing, stitch a 1/4 inch seam on each side of the drawn line. Cut down the drawn line to give you two 1/2 square triangle units and press them open towards the light fabric.
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It's been such a long time since I posted, I am going to start today off with a post about the Zig-Zag border I am making for my Roses quilt.
There are many ways to make a Zig-Zag border, I have chosen to use half square triangles.
Here's how it works.
I cut 2 1/2 inch strips from a dark print and a light print then matched the light and dark print fabrics with right sides facing. I used a half square triangle ruler to cut out the pieces. Taking them to the sewing machine and sewing them together with a 1/4 inch seam. I like this method, it's fast and requires very little trimming.