For the main blocks I used a traditional two-at-a-time method of making the HSTs. But I wanted to use lots of smaller HST blocks for the sashing and border on the blue/grey yellow version of the quilt.
The volume of HSTs I had in mind for the additional parts of the quilt meant that I either needed to spend weeks sewing, cutting and ironing blocks, or I needed to find another way to get them done more efficiently.
As always Pinterest came to the rescue and I decided to give the "Magic 8" method of making HSTs a go.
The premise of the Magic 8 method is that you start with two larger squares of fabric, but unlike the traditional method where you sew two lines and cut once across the diagonal of the square, with the Magic 8 you sew 4 lines and make 4 cuts resulting in 8 HST pieces.
I've put together a series of pics below to show how I got tonnes of 2.5 inch (2 inch finished size) HST blocks made reasonably quickly.
(Different sized finished blocks are easy to achieve with just a different starting square size - a simple google or Pinterest search for magic 8 triangles will come up with lots of tables and formulas to help you work out what size to start with for your desired finished size)
Definitely faster to sew and cut lots of HSTs at one time, but still requires lots and lots of ironing and trimming. Unfortunately I still haven't found a way around those things that works for me yet so if you have any ideas for that I'd love to hear them.
Until next time.