Tuesday Tricks

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Now don't get too excited because I don't have that many tricks up my sleeve (so this probably won't be happening every Tuesday), but here's a little one I picked up somewhere along the way.  Thought I'd share...

For Half Square Triangle Units (or any block that tells you to draw a diagonal line on one side of the fabric and then sew along that line), here's a handy little trick you can do to help you skip that step of drawing the lines on a bazillion little blocks...

First, put some tape on your sewing machine
so that the edge of the tape lines up with where your needle comes down.

Second, layer the two blocks on top of each other with right sides together and the corners matched up.  Then insert the first corner under the needle.

Begin sewing towards the opposite corner, making sure to keep that second corner lined up with the edge of the tape the whole way.

As you keep that second corner lined up with the edge of the tape as you're feeding it through,
it will give you the straight line you need!


Press open.

And voila! 
You have just skipped the time consuming step of drawing lines on a million little squares. 
Easy right!?!

You could use this trick when you're making a block such as this:

or this:

or on these stars points:

Hope you liked this Tuesday Trick.
~ Amber