I have been working on the sashing for the Suspension Bridge quilt.
It takes a lot of half square triangle units (24 for each section). There are lots of ways that I have seen to make these units. The most common seems to be to stack 2 squares together, draw a diagonal line in the center, sew 1/4″ from either side of the line.
Then cut down the line, then press them open and then cut off the dog ears. This requires a lot of time. First you have to cut all the squares, then mark them then sew 2 seams on each group, then press each unit individually and then trim them.
I decided to do it differently.
This is the unit I am making.
Here is How I did it. First I cut strips of fabric , sewed them together and pressed.
For this project the strips are 2″. I cut 8 green and 8 white and sewed together (15 seams) and pressed the seams to the dark fabric.
Next I drew a 45 degree line through the center and then marked each unit off of that line (if you are very careful about your measuring and cutting you could skip the making and just cut with the rotary cutter and a ruler.
I hope you can see the lines I marked, here is another picture
Now just line up the ruler on the marked line and cut them apart.
I got 90 units from those 15 seams and one pressing. once they are cut apart they are done, they do not need any more pressing and they don’t need trimming, all the dog ears are cut off when you cut them apart.
ready to sew them together
and then add to the quilt.
This quilt will have 31 of these sashing pieces, and each of those has 24 triangle units so I need to make 744 units. It seems like less of a big deal this way.
Teddy has been watching…and wondering why I keep putting this on the floor in “his” space.
In other developments I have a Robins nest in the yard again this year. She decided that the front porch would be a good spot and gets mad every time someone goes out there….I think the mail man is more afraid of the Robin than he is of the dog!