I’ve been sewing a lot of flying geese blocks with the Block-a-palooza quilt-along. Along with discovering how to tame the curve, I also stumbled on another little handy tidbit. A lot of us like to save the corners that are clipped off when using the rectangle/square method of flying geese. I used to make a little pile of them and sew them into half square triangles (HSTs) when I had a few minutes. The process to me is pretty tedious and those tiny bias pieces can stretch like crazy. But I love those little HSTs and had to have a better way to stitch them up. Here’s what I did:
Begin as usual by drawing a diagonal line
Draw a second line 1/2 inch from the first
Stitch on both lines
Cut between the two lines
I press open to avoid the curve
Do the same for the other side
There you have it. Your HSTs are already stitched!
It’s probably not an original idea, but it’s new to me!
Here are Block-a-palooza blocks 9, 10 and 11.