Friday, 27 March 2009

Jo's Little Sawtooths

Sawtooth border.... What a sore point!

Here's my medallion center so far. Next is a sawtooth border. Let me show you the really easy way to make all the half-square triangles!

Mark with a ruler and sew 1/4 inch each side of the diagonal fold.

Then cut through to divide into half square triangles.. but NOT like that!! Ok, throw that one away.

Sew another one and cut it like this.

Then cut it again.

and some more cutting...

Now fold them open and press flat. See the half square triangles??

Ok, next instruction, accurately trim each unit into 1 1/2 inch squares. What? Look at all of these!! There are 72 units.

I am the kind of person who will piece it accurately if you tell me the correct measurements. I do NOT like oversized piecing with hours of trimming. ARGH!!

I think it will be quicker to re-make the units with 1 7/8 squares because I am not in a hurry to trim all of these.... (if it takes 2 minutes per square that's 2 1/2 hours of trimming....)


A Bear said...

Hi Lorraine,
Love your Paris Holiday quilt, can't wait for it to become my very first project, congrats on your awards at the recent Ballan quilt show. Well done!!!!

A Bear x

Donna said...

Cool technique for the half square triangles. I don't think I've seen that before.