You know, as I sat here the past 30 minutes before hitting PUBLISH on this post – I realized that though so much has changed this year during the Covid Pandemic of 2020 – that this ONE THING – Our ability to join together to participate in this global quilting mystery fun has not changed!
And I am so grateful for that. For the sewing behind the scenes, for the watching of everyone pulling their fabrics and deciding on color changes and all of the happy hubbub that comes with that – this is our crazy normal behind the crazy.
So before I go any further, I want to thank you for once again participating in our yearly reader appreciation mystery, and for your sticking with me through the past year of just plain weird.
And if you are new here, I want to welcome you too – and I hope you will have a great time and stick around for the things that happen throughout the year – and join us again when next winter’s mystery rolls around.
If you are just joining us, we’ve already released our introductory post including the colors of this year’s mystery and the yardage requirements. You’ll find that post under the Grassy Creek Mystery tab at the top of my blog. Catch up there. It’s not too late to join in!
All posts that relate to our Grassy Creek Mystery will be linked under that tab, so it is good to take some time, locate the tab and know where it is should you find yourself missing a part, needing a refresher, or helping someone ELSE know where to come find the info.
A refresher from mysteries past – especially if you want to post your progress to your social media (Facebook and Instagram, etc.)
The PDF file for each part linked at the top of each post is for your convenience. You can save paper by not printing – just save the file to your computer to read it there.
You can also choose how many or which pages to print from within your own printer settings.
You can also copy/paste any pertinent information into a word document to tailor your saved info to suit your own needs.
When I present our mysteries, I look at them as a teaching opportunity for the newest quilters amongst us. My job is to teach, no matter how many pages it takes. You don’t need to print everything. But then maybe this mystery that stretches through many weeks is worth the cost of the paper and ink that it is printed upon?
This is a gentle reminder – PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pay attention:
DO NOT post unit sizes, or unit/piece counts in your posts. This is a MYSTERY quilt, those participating in it already KNOW the size of the unit, and how many there are to make.
I am especially pointing out posts that give the unit size or the count or say things like “200 done, 40 to go…”
Please do not share this info in your social media posts, rather direct folks to the mystery on my blog where they can find that information.
Instead you can say things like My BATCH of this unit is done…or I am half-way – or something vague. But again – do NOT give unit sizes, or piece counts. Thank you thank you!
For my part – I will be giving you the unfinished and finished dimensions of any unit along with a couple of optional ways to accomplish that unit. You are welcome to use whatever method you wish to make the unit – just keep in mind the unfinished and finished sizes we need.
Please note that using other methods may take more yardage.
Shall we get started?
Part One is half-square triangles!
23 sets of 8 matching
Units will measure 3 1/2” unfinished and finish at 3” in the quilt. Make each set from a different combination of fabrics if going scrappy.
Anyone want to guess how many different ways there are to make half-square triangles? Too many to mention. Feel free to make them how you want, just make sure they measure 3 1/2” for this step. Once in the quilt they will measure 3”.
If you are working with regular rotary cutting math, that means you will start with 3 7/8” squares. Cut 4 matching grey and 4 matching gold squares. Place a grey square and a gold square with right sides together. Either slice on the diagonal from corner to corner into 2 matched triangle pairs and sew with a scant 1/4” seam, or draw a line from corner to corner on the diagonal and stitch with a scant 1/4” seam on either side of the line. Slice on the center line to yield two half-square triangle units after sewing.
Press seams toward the grey. Trim dog ears and square unit to 3 1/2” as needed.
Essential Triangle Tool Method:
This is what I go through for photo shoots!
I love using my Essential Triangle Tool for just about everything half-square or quarter-square triangle related. It works easily with the sizes of strips I keep in my Scrap User’s System and actually saves me fabric as one set of dog ears is already trimmed before sewing.
Place a grey 3 1/2” strip and a gold 3 1/2” strip with right sides together. Square off one end as shown.
Making the first cut: Move the clean cut edge you just trimmed to the far left if you are a righty, Lefties – go the opposite and cut from the right. The ruler is marked in “FINISHED UNIT SIZE.” Place the 3’’ finished red line at the top of the strip set, ON the fabric, not above the fabric on the mat. The green triangle will be pointed toward you. Make the first cut as shown.
Pivot the ruler so the green triangle is up. Make second cut. Repeat the process to cut 8 half square triangle units from this strip set, ready to sew.
Cut 23 sets of 8 triangles each from a variety of greys and golds.
Stitch units with a scant 1/4” seam. Remove dog ears and trim to 3 1/2” as needed. Pin or clip each set of 8 to keep them together.
Simple Folded Corners Method:
I LOVE THIS WAY!
I have used this method for other sizes of triangles and it took a bit of figuring how to get what I wanted (8 units per pair of squares) without a lot of waste.
Start with 8 ” squares – one grey, one gold and place them right sides together. (You can go with 8 1/2” squares if you feel you need some wiggle room.)
Place the diagonal line on a large square ruler along the bottom edge of the squares as shown, with the 3” line on the diagonal at the bottom left corner (Bottom right if you are a leftie.)
Make a cut. This cut will give you one half-square triangle unit and enable you to cut bias strips from the remainder of your large squares.
Make 2 cuts at 2 3/4 inches as shown.
Please note that the 2 3/4” mark is ON my fabric, not on the mat next to the fabric. If you want your units to come out the right size, it is important when cutting ANYTHING to get the line up on the fabric, or your strips will be one line width too short.
Line ON the fabric, not next to!
When done cutting, you will have 2 corners, and 2 segments 2 3/4” wide.
Testing your Seam Allowance:
This is important! Please do not skip this step!
Before you start sewing triangles, we need to be sure that your seam allowance is giving you what you need to reach unit size. You may find you need to move your needle to find the seam allowance that works best for you.
Start with a pair of 2” squares. Cut them out with the line on the ruler ON the fabric, not next to the fabric on the mat. If you cut correctly, the seam allowance will give better results.
Sew the 2” squares together with 1/4” seam. Press the top square to one side and measure across the unit from side to side. Two 2” squares sewn side by side will measure 3 1/2” unfinished. If your unit is too small, skinny down your seam until you have the correct result. If your unit is too big, fatten it up just a bit until you reach 3 1/2”.
There are many pieces and seams in this quilt, and if you shoot for unit size with each unit, they will all fall together the way they should.
Here is a post I wrote in 2016 about trusting a 1/4” foot that was wider than the 1/4”. NEVER TRUST ANY 1/4” FOOT! Always sew a seam, and test the unit.
Stitch the two half square triangle pairs, and the 2 3/4” segments with your tested 1/4” seam, stitching the segments down BOTH SIDES.
Sewing on the bias means we’ll have straight grain on our outside edges.
See the ruler line just above the seam line?
This will give a bit extra room for the fabric to fold up and over the thread when pressing so things don’t fall short.
Pivot the ruler to cut 3 triangles from each of the 2 3/4” strip sets. Trim the corner triangle units as needed.
There will be a few stitches at the top –
They easily lift open. Press to the grey.
Use the ruler to check size, and trim dog ears.
Eight is Great! And that’s all the waste I had.
8 half-square triangles from a pair of 8” squares.
Make 23 sets of 8.
I hope this gives you some different methods to try – and some new skills to add to your wheelhouse.
With Instagram blocking the “recents” hash tags from posts for the time being due to the election process, it may be a bit difficult for us to see what each other is doing this year – possibly until the inauguration anyway. I have tried to find out more info on when “recents” will be back for those of us in the USA, but haven’t found the answer.
But – so that we can see them when they ARE available again, please use the hashtags #quiltvillemystery and #grassycreekquilt when you share your posts on Facebook and Instagram.
Please tag me @quiltville_bonnie in your Instagram posts, because I DO get notification on those and I really want to see what you are up to.
And I would love to invite those who use Facebook to join my Quiltville’s Open Studio group where there is so much sharing of mystery progress going on, especially during this time. I can see your photos there in real time as can everyone else. It’s a wonderful giving and accepting community and I’d love for you to be a part of it.
Part 2 will be posted next Friday, December 4th.
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For those wanting to get a jump on arm chair Black Friday shopping –
I wanted to let you know that my friends at SewPad are offering FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING on SewPad orders within the USA using coupon code PEACE at checkout!
The last pattern sale of 2020!
Starting this morning, and running through Monday and ending Tuesday morning. All Digital Patterns in the Quiltville Store are 25% off using coupon code DIGITAL25 at checkout.
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Quiltville Quote of the Day –
Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!
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