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8 HST at a time method OK?   General Discussion

Started Feb-12 by sueinIL; 869 views.
sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Feb-12

Finally I am nearing the end of a quilt top made of HSTs from directional prints.  I think I have more left over than I needed to have in the first place!

The next quilt I want to make is also all HSTs, but uses solid (Kona) fabrics so the nightmare factor doesn't apply.  Have you used the 8-at-a-time method?  Does it work well? I've just been doing 2 at a time and discarding half of each one when the sky wasn't going the right direction. I would never use the 4-at-a-time method because I do not want bias edges, but the 8-at-a-time way looks doable.    When the directions say "finished" size, does that mean finished finished, as in the size of the square sewn into the rows on all 4 sides?  or finished and ready to sew in?  I want my squares after cutting and pressing to be 6" or so, so they will sew in at 5+.

Thanks!

Sue in IL

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

Feb-12

Sue, finished size means size when sewn into the quilt.

a 5” cut block becomes a 4 1/2” finished block.

make sense?  
I haven’t dont the 8 at a time HST.

I really found the 8 HST method easy and accurate.  Especially good if you need a lot of the same colors.  But even with that method, I always make them slightly larger and trim down to unfinished size.  

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Feb-13

Thanks, JDO!  I 'm going to do a practice run with scrap fabric to see what size I need to start with.  I think I'll start with a 10" square.

 Sue in IL

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Feb-14

Thanks for that chart, Lynne!  It seems much more straightforward than others I've seen. I think those others were why I was confused over "finished" and FINISHED.

Sue in IL

latterberry

From: latterberry

Feb-14

I love those charts.  Saves me trying to figure out the math.  Did you ever see Jenny form Missouri * show how she  sews all the way around two squares then slices it up to get 8 hsts?  I tried it and they turned out a mess.  Sure looked easy, but they were on the bias and got wonky on me.

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Feb-14

Lynne, yes I saw Jenny's method and would never use it!  The quilt I am working on now has 324 HSTs.  I do not need the added drama of bias edges!

Sue in IL

latterberry

From: latterberry

Feb-15

Wow!  That's a lot of HSTs !  I'll be looking forward to seeing thde finished project.  It will help not having to worry about directional fabric.  I just finished a memory quilt for my niece out of her kids' baby clothes and told her to send fabric for the backing but to make sure it wasn't stripes or plaid.  I didn't want to have to deal with trying to get the sandwich perfectly lined up 

Hi Sue!

I did "8 HST at a time" starting with 10 in. layer cakes.  I then squared them off to 4 1/4 in.  Worked very well.  I'll definitely use that method again.

Let us know how you make out!

Pat

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