I've been busy catching up on some things and lagging behind with my BOMs this month! August blocks from Craftsy are my favorite (NOT!!!) HST piecing. Ugh. I had trouble with the HST block from In Color Order. But I'm happy to say I had very little trouble with this block.
Craftsy August 2012 Block 1
I learned something I probably should have learned years ago, but since I'm self-taught, I'm sure there are many little things I don't know that would relieve so much stress from my cutting/piecing/quilting adventures. Amy said something in the instructions that totally opened my eyes. She said to cut a half square triangle in half FROM THE WRONG SIDE! Duh! I had been balancing that diagonal line on the ruler on the seam from the right side all this time! I also realized that one of the problems I had been having when squaring up these little blocks was that I was only looking at half of the piece when trimming. I was making sure I had the ruler placed straight on the diagonal and that there was seam allowance on all sides....but I never paid any attention to centering the center and ruler. No wonder I had some HST points with more fabric on one side of the point than the other. Today, I put a piece of blue painters tape across the ruler making a nice X guideline on the diagonal. Those little hourglass blocks are pretty much dead on at the points. WooHoo!!
Altho it looks like I lost points in this block, I actually cut off the top when taking the picture. I'm losing points everywhere! LOL