I have made some progress on my Hill Country Baskets blocks. Aren't they sweet? As I make them I am just tossing them up on the design wall, but when they are set into the quilt top properly, there will be a lattice separating the blocks.
For this block, you need to make four half square triangles for each one. The method I am using is the Star Singles papers.
I've blogged about these before, and think that they are a great product. In the Paula Barnes class I took, I picked up a few tips to make using them even better.
You put your two fabrics right sides together and pin. One pin is plenty. Don't go crazy. Sew on the dotted lines, and cut on the solid ones.
Tip #1. Shorten up your stitch length. Really shorten it. This makes tearing off the paper a breeze and not the horrible chore it can be when you use a normal stitch length.
After stitching, trim the sides off first. In the photo above, I have trimmed away three of the four sides.
Tip #2. Not a biggie, but do you see that the horizontal and vertical cutting lines are not the same? One is totally solid and the other is broken due to the printing on the paper? I am pointing to the broken line. After trimming the sides off, cut on that dotted line first, as it easier to keep your ruler straight when you have the entire square to look at.
Tip #3--best one ever. I love shortcuts and here is a good one. Stack those squares up with the cutting line going down the middle. You can stagger the squares as I did in the picture, or just stack 'em up evenly. Just make sure the cutting line is going down the middle, and cut ONCE instead of four times.
Rip off those papers, open your half square triangles, press and trim. Eight perfect little half square triangles, enough for two of my Hill Country Baskets blocks.