The August Little Quilt is constructed with the Connecting Threads Quilter’s Candy Basics in a cheery winter theme. The Kit is now available with the pattern download becoming available August 3rd! I like the idea of this cool-themed quilt for August!
Our August Little Quilt is a sweet repeat of the Attic Windows block. This is perfect for showcasing a fabric with a variety of imagery you would see through a window, which is how I went with my personal Little Quilt. Unlike the traditional block, this version of the block is constructed with half square triangles rather than “Y” seams. For this reason it is much easier and quicker to sew together. I am going to make a few plain “window” blocks and a few “lovelies” for some windows. Also, I chose to make my Little Quilt with the Garden Square Collection. It just seemed so appropriate for this quilt.
The half square triangle (HST) technique begins with drawing a line on the back of your square 1/4″ to the right and left of the center diagonal line.
One square is matched up with a partner square. The drawn square is facing up.
Stitch along the drawn lines slightly to the center of the square, perhaps the width of the needle. You should be able to see the pencil line once it is sewn. This is done to accommodate the space needed when the square is cut apart and pressed back. The goal is to have the square finish at the correct size as opposed to having a full 1/4″ seam.
Cut the square through the center,
and press each HST to the dark. As you can see this technique results in two HSTs.
A rectangle is sewn to the left side of the main square pressing the seam allowance to the rectangle.
A rectangle is sewn to the right side of the constructed HST. Note the orientation of the HST. It is easy to turn the HST out of position when sewing them together. It just needs an “eagle eye” while making these. This seam is pressed to the rectangle.
Then, the two units are sewn together. If the seams are pressed as noted above, they will nestle together.
Voila’, a completed block!
Continue in this way until all twenty blocks are constructed. August 3rd’s tutorial will complete the construction sewing the blocks together with the sashing and cornerstones. See you then!