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Friday, May 9, 2014

Star Spangled Banner...the stripes!

The stripe portion of the banner is constructed using 2 1/2" finished (3" unfinished) half square triangle units (HST.)
You will need 42 total. 
You can use triangles on a roll, or any other product for making HSTs.  Simply follow the manufacturer's directions.

Make them traditionally by cutting:
(21) 3 3/8" squares of the red and
 (21) 3 3/8" squares of the cream
Pair them right sides together, draw a diagonal line on the WSF of the cream square and sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the line.  Cut in half on the drawn line.  This will make 3" unfinished HST units.

Make them like I did...using Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day method for constructing and squaring up 8 oversized HST units at a time.  I always recommend you read ALL the instructions prior to cutting. 
First, cut the following:

(5) 7" x 7" squares of red
(5) 7" x 7" squares of cream

Follow the instructions in the pamphlet provided with the ruler.
Start by drawing two diagonal lines on the wrong side (WSF) of the cream squares.
 Now sew a scant 1/4" on both sides of the drawn lines. It is important to sew straight!
Begin by cutting a cross first,
and then cut them in half diagonally.

This will make 40 units.  You will need an additional 2 for a total of 42.
Make them oversized too by cutting:
(1) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square of red and
(1) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square of cream
Pair them right sides together and draw a diagonal line on the WSF of the cream.
Sew on both sides of the line, and cut in half. 
Now square them all up to 3" square.
When using Eleanor's Triangle Square Up Ruler, follow the directions in the package.

Here is my tip for using this ruler:
This will take into account the width of the fabric and the thread in the seam.
Once they are all squared up, press half to the red and half to the cream.

If you don't have square up rulers, a regular ruler can be used.
You will need to press your HST units open for this method.
Remember to press half to the red and half to the cream.
 Begin by laying a square ruler over the unit with the diagonal line on the ruler nestled in the diagonal seam.
Trim a scant amount of fabric off the right and upper edges to put a square edge on your unit.
Now rotate the unit 180 degrees and measure 3" on both the left and bottom edges.
Trim up the excess fabric.

Now to assemble the units. I am going to spend some time sharing my tip for perfect seam nesting.  It starts with assembling blocks in 4-patches whenever possible.  Then it is how I press.
Begin by laying out the HST units as seen below:
Note the pressing direction of the seams.

Fold the right squares over the left squares and sew them together.
 Now press your seams as seen below.
Now when you fold the two right sides together, the seams will be opposite and in this orientation when you place them into your machine.
By having the seam allowance on the top facing away from you, the seam intersection will lock in place as you sew over it.  

Make a total of 9 of these four patch squares.
Check your grid dimension...these 4-patch units should measure 5 1/2" square.
With the remaining HST units, make 3 of these units.  Again note the pressing direction.

Layout all the units as seen below and assemble in rows.
And then sew the rows together.  A strip stick will come in handy for pressing the multitude of seams!
I collapsed all my seam intersections as shown.

Next week we will make the star component and finish you top.
Both the strip sticks and the Triangle Square Up Ruler are available for purchase at the shoppe.
Just come by, call or email us.
Have fun!

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