Sunday has rolled around again, and that means it's time for a little Hands2Help action! Tonight I'm hoping you'll all link up and share your favorite on-line tutorial, tip or snack recipe that gets you through all your quilting!
I want to share about two tools I picked up recently and finally put to good use last night - and wow am I impressed!! I absolutely love half-square triangles in quilts, but absolutely hate what you have to do to get them - drawing the line diagonally across half your squares, sewing them, cutting them apart, and then squaring them up before you can proceed with your piecing. What a pain!
But last night, because I really wanted to make some half-square triangles, I decided to break out a tool I bought about a year ago, stuck on my pegboard wall and forgot -
The Angler 2...
Got it all set up on my sewing machine (that took about ten minutes but will go much faster in the future!) and started on those HSTs...
Lined it up...
...then turned it around and stitched the other seam.
I did 81 sets in about an hour. Woohoo! It would have taken me that long to draw those stupid lines!
Cut them in half and pressed them open before bed.
This morning I got up and pulled out a tool I picked up in Lancaster - the Bloc-Loc template. This very cool template has a 1/4" rut routed out of the backside...
...that runs from corner to corner. You lay this on top of your HST, with the seam in the rut. It locks on top of the block...
...and you trim the right and top edges. Then you twist it (the channel holds the block in place under the template!), slide the template to the other side...
...and trim the last two sides! So easy - I squared up all 162 blocks in about two hours!! So now I have a lovely pile of HSTs all ready to be made into a quilt top.
Where have these two tools been all my life???
(PS This is not a paid advertisement for these tools - no compensation from the companies that make them. But I highly recommend them if you love HSTs
but hate to make them!)
And now it's your turn!
Share your own tip,
or snack recipe!
You can link to someone else's tutorial or tip
or one you wrote yourself.
Same thing with recipes!
(PS Anything with chocolate is my favorite...)
I can't wait to see all the tutes, tips and tasty things!