The February Little Quilt is stunning! Made from the Nana’s Pantry Collection, it is a scrappy group of 108 half square triangles with a finished size of 1″! I know, you are probably thinking, YIKES, but it is so diminutive, being the smallest of the twelve little quilts, it is sure to be your favorite with its size and the happy colors. I just love it! If you are making this from your own scraps like I did, you can use the pattern download found here.
Let’s take a look at the beginning process of creating the darling itty bitty HSTs:
For my Little Quilt, I chose a pack of triangle bits that remained from another project. I just can’t throw away leftovers from previous projects so I bag and save them for another project. These were left over corners from a quilt that used the Stitch-and-Flip method. Yes, there are quite a few, huh?
In this case the leftover triangles were the perfect size and I had a ton of them. Being concerned they weren’t cut from the original unit accurately, I stitched a very scant 1/4″ seam allowance.
Since there are so many to make, I decided to press a few and measure to make sure the HSTs would be a workable size.
Woopie! They all will work just fine! Wahoo! This is great because I’ll get a FREE quilt! The trimming begins. It’s a lot easier to sew a few, then trim a few, then sew a few, then trim a few… I’m not a trimmer, so if I’m going to make HSTs, they are made to size from the get-go. However, in this case, a free quilt is worth the extra work (to say the least)! I LOVE free, don’t you?!
You can see from the pic I cut two sides leaving the HST a bit larger. That way all sides can be trimmed and they will be perfectly square. The HSTs are to be 1-1/2″ square unfinished.
Trimming of the final two sides is a snap. I used a 6-1/2″ square ruler but if you have a smaller one it’s much easier.
Now, off to finish the rest of my HSTs!