Jen Kingwell Longtime Gone Sew Along - Half Square Triangle Block 3

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Using the method I did last week for my HST I once again increased the size of the blocks from the given measurements to give myself room for error, and round up my squares to the nearest full inch. 

General Supply Info: 

  • I use  wool pressing mat, cordless iron and fabric starch 
  • Schmetz universal chrome needles or quilting piecing needles 75/11
  • Aurifil 40 wt Mako Cotton thread, is what I sew with, I typically always use white thread. 
  • Clover Clips
  • Sewing Pins
  • Design Wall or extra piece of batting

Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a prerequisite of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book I will note any mistakes in the booklet however that I ran into when cutting my fabric choices. 

Cut all the Pieces

Cut all pieces as per cutting instructions in the booklet for block 3 of the three HST. We are nearing the end!

Following cutting your pieces, I increased the size of the sqaures I cut to 3 inchs and than trimed them down to be the correct size, this helped me should be seam allowences be slightly off. A 2.5 boy 2.5 ruler can be helpful with this block. 

Note this block gets trimmed down smaller than the previous two HST blocks. 

Because I'll be using different fabrics in each of the three HST blocks 

I cut my fabrics slightly different than directions state:

I cut 4 different red fabrics 

16 red fabrics total - 4 of each of my 4 fabrics 

I cut 4 different blue fabrics 

16 blue tone fabrics total - 4 of each of my 4 fabrics

I used 4 tonal fabrics

32 total - I cut 2 squares 

10 of each of my three other tonal fabrics 

A design wall is 100% needed. I was not paying attention to the pattern originally and did have to seam rip, you should lay out your pieces prior to sewing.

For this block I wanted to use a lot of Liberty fabrics and some tonal whites. 

Jen has great diagrams within the book for piecing each unit. 

My blocks are not 100% perfect and for me that is okay, remember within what limits you are okay with within your quilt project. 

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