Golden Lattice Sew Along - Week 4
I saw some beautiful diamonds in a square from last week, and I am so excited for what this week will bring! If you fell behind last week, you can read all my tips in the week 3 blog post. If you are just starting with this sew along, head back to the week 1 blog post.
If you are just geting started, grab the pattern for the Golden Lattice quilt HERE.
Week 4 - This week is probably the most time intensive week. Sharpen those rotary blades, change your needle, grab some coffee, and let's get started!
The goal this week is to sew all of your half square triangles (HSTs), trim them, and sew the HSTs into strips so they are ready for block construction next week. Trimming HSTs can be quite tedious. I like to sew the lines on all of my squares first then put on a good podcast or audio book to cut apart the HSTs and trim them up. Below, I start with tips for making great HSTs followed by a sequence of photos for this week.
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1. I prefer to mark the diagonal lines in my large squares (E and F) with my iron. You can do this by folding your square in half diagonally, pressing and then folding it in half again to make a new diagonal line and pressing.
2. Line up your HSTs when trimming. This is where the square ruler comes in handy. You want to line up the diagonal (45 degree) line on your square ruler with the diagonal line on your HST. Then trim two sides of the HST and rotate 180 degrees. Again, line up that 45 degree line with the diagonal line on your HST and trim the two remaining sides. This should help you get perfect points in those triangles, though, I never worry over a few imperfect points in my quilts.
3. When it is time to sew the HSTs together with piece D, I recommend using a scant 1/4"seam allowance. However, if you are not sure about using a scant 1/4" seam allowance over the regular 1/4", test out one full block. Put the entire block together, and see if your seams line up. If not, change back to a 1/4" seam allowance.
That's it for this week! We all have a lot of sewing, pressing, and trimming ahead of use, so I better finish mine up!