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Friday, October 10, 2014

All Hallow's Eve Part I

The center of 'All Hallow's Eve' is made with scrappy hourglass units.
Read all the instructions before starting!
You will have the option of over-sizing and custom cutting the hourglass units.

Cutting Instructions

From the 30 different fabrics, cut:
30 squares 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

*if you want to over-size, cut the squares 3 1/2". The process will remain the same, but you will square them up to 2 1/2" at the end. If you purchased the kit, all the squares are already cut to 3 1/2".
The tutorial includes how to do this using Eleanor Burns' Square Up Ruler. 

Now pair the squares into 15 different combinations (one fabric should be darker than the other one) and put them right sides together.
If you want more variety, cut more squares and make more combinations.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one of the fabrics in your combo.

Sew a seam 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line.
Cut them in half on the drawn line and press towards the darker fabric.
Do not square them up!
Repeat until you have 2 half square triangles(hst) of each combination (a total of 30.)

Find two hst units that look good together.
You will notice I placed the squares so that the darker fabrics are opposite from each other.
Cut each one in half once diagonally as shown.

Take the two units, place them right sides together with the darker fabrics opposite to each other and sew together into an hourglass unit.  If you have not over-sized, use a very scant 1/4" seam.
The unit should measure 2 1/2" square.

The unit will lay flat if you collapse the seam intersection as shown.
For a tutorial on this, go here.

If you opted to over-size, now you can use Eleanor Burns' Square Up Ruler to custom cut them to 2 1/2".

Begin by finding the 2 1/2" line on the ruler.

Place the ruler as shown with the diagonal line going down one of the diagonal seams and the 2 1/2" dashed red line going down the other diagonal seam.
Trim the right and top edges.

Now rotate the unit 180 degrees.
I use my regular ruler to them trim the square to 2 1/2".
Find the 2 1/2" on both the left side of the ruler and the bottom of the ruler.
Trim the right side and top.

Make a total of 30 hourglass units measuring 2 1/2" square.
You will only need 29.

Next week we will assemble the center of the little quilt and put on the borders.

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