We are very grateful to Bonnie for the opportunity to show you the new methods that Inklingo makes possible while you make her fabulous Celtic Solstice mystery design!
Bonnie shows one traditional method in each clue but encourages everyone to see what can be done when you print shapes on fabric with Inklingo too. Thanks to Bonnie, there are many new Inklingoists this month.
After Bonnie and I released Clue # 3 on Friday, there was some discussion of an old “Magic 8” method of sewing Half Square Triangles (HST).
Original Magic 8 method of making HST into Sawtooth Squares
- Do a little math.
Take the desired HST finished size + 7/8 and multiply by 2.
- Cut two squares of fabric and layer right sides together with the lighter fabric on top.
- Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner (black, above).
- Sew a scant 0.25 inch seam allowance on either side of the diagonal lines (red).
- Cut diagonally and across (green and black, 4 lines).
- Press to the dark.
- Trim to size, if necessary.
Magic 8 is free and it allows you to sew the stretchy bias seams before they are cut but it takes a long time to cut the squares and draw the lines accurately.
To simplify the math, some quilters add more than 7/8 and trim each triangle afterwards. (Life is too short and trimming is too dangerous!)
IMPROVED MAGIC 8 WITH INKLINGO
- No math. All you need to know is the finished size.
If a pattern doesn’t tell you the finished size you can probably tell by looking at adjoining shapes, but you should tell the designer you need that info! A professional like Bonnie will always tell you the finished size!
- Print the lighter fabric with Inklingo HST. There is a choice of layouts (a few examples above) and many suggested custom page sizes to make the best use of your fabric.
- Layer with unprinted fabric. This works perfectly with scraps, even scraps that would be too small to cut into squares for the original Magic 8 method.
- Sew a scant 0.25 inch seam allowance on all diagonal dashed lines.
- Cut on all the solid lines.
Use scissors if you need it to be portable!
- Press to the dark.
WHAT IS IMPROVED?
- Make more than 8 at a time. Or fewer!
For example, you can make 24 at a time with Layout 1 and even 32 at a time with Layout 2 for Celtic Solstice.
- There is no math, so less chance of a mistake. All you need to know is the finished size.
- It works with odd sizes like 1.41, 1.59, 1.86, 2.83. (Index of Shapes) This has amazing advantages for designs like Feathered Star because it allows us to use standard size blocks in the center— like the 6 inch Yin Yang above.
- Faster and more accurate than drawing lines on fabric.
- You can use any scraps, not just squares, so it allows you to use fabric more efficiently.
- Precision corners to eliminate dog ears.
- Yardage requirements at a glance, which is especially helpful if you are using stash.
- Use scissors if you like! Great if you need a portable project.
Inklingo is inexpensive and it allows you to sew the stretchy bias seams before they are cut. It is especially good value when you consider how much time it saves and how much more accurate the results are!
For example, Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Shape Collection includes ALL of the shapes for ALL of the clues, not just the triangles! Several quilters have been confused because only $20 sounds too good to be true!
Monkey says, how much do you value your time?
MAGIC 8 FOR CELTIC SOLSTICE CLUE # 3
You need 200 or 488 Sawtooth Squares.
That’s 400 or 976 individual triangles, half yellow, half orange.
Wow! That’s a lot! We need a good method!
Small (75 x 75 quilt)
Original Magic 8
Cut 50 squares 4.75 inches and draw diagonal lines on 25 of them.
Print 200 1.5 inch HST on the lighter fabric. That can be as few as 9 sheets of fabric so it only takes minutes to print. Use the custom page sizes that use your scraps most efficiently. Cut apart to layer on smaller scraps, strips or yardage—whatever you have in your stash.
King (111 x 111 quilt)
Original Magic 8
Cut 122 squares 4.75 inches and draw diagonal lines on 61 of them.
Print 488 1.5 inch HST on the lighter fabric. That can be as few as 21 sheets of fabric, so it is much faster than the original Magic 8. Use the custom page sizes that use your scraps most efficiently. Cut apart to layer on smaller scraps, strips or yardage—whatever you have in your stash.
USING SMALL SCRAPS AND STRIPS
Print the largest Suggested Custom Size you can and then cut it into sections or rows that fit with the smaller scraps and strips (unprinted) before sewing. With Inklingo, you are not limited to using squares!
By the way, it works the same way when you print Quarter Square Triangles (QST) for Hourglass blocks too! There are many methods like this illustrated in The Inklingo Handbook.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO WITH SAWTOOTH SQUARES?
She added Sawtooth Squares to make Star of the Milky Way, above! (Beyer 64-7)
Half Square Triangles—HST for short—are some of the most common and useful patchwork shapes. We think you will love how quickly and accurately you can sew Sawtooth Squares with Inklingo—and learning to print on fabric sets you free to design too.
The video in Clue # 3 was made in 2009, before I had heard of the Magic 8 method of sewing HST into Sawtooth Squares. Maybe I should have called it “Improved Magic 8.”
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME HST MAGIC?
- If you are new to Inklingo, please follow the Quick Start Guide on the website!
We always recommend starting with the FREE Diamond/Triangle/Square Shape Collection, so there are no surprises when you buy something. The first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook is included with the free shapes! See pages H5-H48.
- DOWNLOAD the FREE Inklingo Celtic Solstice PDF for Clue 03.
(You can catch up on Clue 01 and Clue 02 too, if you like.)
- Order and download Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Shape Collection ($20).
NOTE Bonnie’s Shape Collection will stay at a special low price for a few weeks, so you can make your decision after you have seen a few clues and played with the FREE shape collection. This is a mystery, not a race!
Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Shape Collection includes all of the shapes for all of the clues.
Love the lines. Quilt more!
There are HST in the free shape collection, so you can try this method even before you buy anything.
As usual, Clue # 3 includes video and a one-page guide to keep you organized at the sewing machine.
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Monkey and I will be back with Clue # 4 on Friday. If you don’t want to miss anything in the meantime, you can subscribe to get an email when there is more evidence (top of right sidebar) and you should subscribe to Bonnie’s Quiltville Quips & Snips blog too!
Let the fun begin!
Linda & Monkey
New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.
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