I am very glad I decided to take some time putting together my Charming Chevrons Do-It-Yourself Quilt Tutorial, and spread it out over several weeks. This week’s step of making the triangle squares is a very simple process; however it was a little time consuming.
It took a total of 3 hours to complete the steps below. That’s not bad considering I’m giving you a whole week to complete it, but I suggest you break it up over a few cutting sessions. It’s too tedious to do all at once! Scroll down to the end for the complete schedule.
Step 1 – Cutting the Squares in Half (20 Minutes)
With your ruler, rotary cutter and mat, slice each pair of sewn squares in half on the diagonal, down the middle on your previously drawn line. You may use scissors instead, but rotary cutting them is definitely faster.
Each pair of squares has been sewn together 1/4 inch away from the drawn line, yielding 2 half square triangles per each pair of charm squares (following last week’s instructions).
I like to stack them up as I cut, keeping the same pairs of colors together. They look like little fabric sandwiches. Yummy!
Step 2 – Pressing the Triangle Squares (1 Hour)
It took me longer then normal to press the squares because I starched each block first.
I am not sure if I’m happy with the results so I mention this with caution – test on the back side or some scrap fabric first or just skip it.
I got starch marks on the front sides of several of the blocks.
I had to soak them in water to get the marks out.
And yes, I used Mary Ellen’s Best Press which was not supposed to leave any residue.
So I’m not sure if I had my iron on too high of a setting, or perhaps it doesn’t work well with solids?
Is anyone else familiar with this? I’m still a starching newbie.
This is why I’m making this quilt in real time – so I can learn these things!
So if you just press your squares without worrying about starch or sizing, it will be quicker!
I pressed all of my seams toward the darker fabric.
Once my stacks were all pressed, it was time to trim them to size!
Step 3 – Trimming the Triangles (1 Hour 40 Minutes)
This was the tedious part because you will be trimming a total of 168 squares 1 at a time! So set aside a few afternoons and enjoy the process!
With a square ruler and a sharp cutter, trim the blocks so that they measure 4 1/2 inches. Line up the diagonal line of your ruler on the seam of the blocks.
Then trim the sides. You may be able to trim only on 2 sides, or you may need to trim all four sides depending on where you need to slide your ruler so that the diagonal line stays in the center of the block.
When you are all finished trimming, you will have a leftover pile of cuttings.
I think it looks rather pretty, don’t you?
You can use it as colorful stuffing or confetti.
Or how about wrapping up used needles or rotary blades with these scraps, put them in a bag, and safely throw away these sharp objects!
Sewing Schedule (All links will be active once each step has been completed.)