So they want to get to know me, do they?

They wanna spend a little quality time with MOI.  (If you’re a Grinch fan, you’ll know that quote.  If you’re not a Grinch fan, leave.)

Kidding!  Welcome to my stop on the Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop!

First, I’ll tell you a little about me.  Then I’ll share a quick tip on how to more efficiently mark your half-square triangles.  Don’t call it a tutorial because that will embarrass me.  It’s a tip and nothing more!

How long have you been quilting:
Since May of 2010.

Favorite quilting tip:
Calculate 81,567 times, order fabric once.

Favorite blogging tips:
Be yourself. Don’t blog to impress others. Have fun. Don’t force it.

Favorite fabrics (or wish list fabrics):
Summerlove, Pat Bravo
Garden Party, Anna Maria Horner (alas, I missed out on this one)
Alpine Wonderland, Sheri Berry Designs
Modern Whimsy, Laurie Wisbrun
Newest favorite: Field Study, Anna Maria Horner

Favorite craft book:
The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman. I learned so much and refer to it often.

Favorite books:
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
The Stand, Stephen King

Favorite children’s book:
That’s easy. The Harry Potter series (obviously not just for children –matter of fact, I’m listening to Prisoner of Azkaban on audiobook as we speak).

Favorite quilting tool:
Microsoft Excel. I love all the math involved in quilting.

Favorite music to listen to while quilting:
Upbeat, new-agey, dancey stuff (Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Miike Snow), and classic rock.

Favorite TV show while hand stitching:
Downton Abbey.

Binding – by hand or by machine?
Depends on how much time I have, and on the season. I tend to hand stitch more during colder months because it’s a great time to get cozy and snuggle up on the couch.

If I’d only known (before I started my blog):
How much my obsessive compulsive nature would consume me during my blog design process.

NOW FOR THE TIP.

If you don’t already know, quilting is a very involved craft.  Quilters are constantly looking for ways to cut corners (literally and figuratively), save time, and do multiple things at once.  With that in mind, I’m going to show you how to complete the tedious task of marking sewing lines on your half-square triangles in less time.

(1)  Grab a few of your squares and line their corners up with a single line on your cutting mat like so:

 

(2)  Line up the 1/4″ mark of your ruler with that same center line and draw a line down all your squares.

 

(3)  Next, carefully shift your ruler to the left and line up your ruler one quarter inch from your center line (I use my ruler’s 3/4″ mark lined up with the solid grid line to the left of my center as my reference point to make sure it’s perfectly straight –on my cutting mat, I find that easier than trying to line up my ruler with the little dots between the solid grid lines).

 

(4)  Mark that line down all your squares.

 

Bada BING!  You’ve just marked a bunch of HST’s (or however many you can fit along the length of your ruler) at once!  Beats grabbing them individually, lining up your ruler for every single one, and marking them 1,847,888 times, yes?

 

If you’re reading this and don’t know what to do next to make a half-square triangle, or you’re scratching your head and wondering what the heck a half-square triangle even is, check this page out for a quick learning experience.

That’s all I’ve got!  But before you get back to living your life, check out my fellow blog hop babes sharing their talents this week!

Marion from My Quilt Diet
Ginny from Fish Creek Studio
May from Confessions of a Fabraholic

Comments

  1. says

    Marta!!!! Hi! I love your post :) Elizabeth Hartman is my hero too! That was my first quilting book and my inspiration :)
    Ps- I have a grinch fat quarter bundle begging to be cut into!

  2. says

    Hi Marta, so nice to “meet” you! Thanks for the tip, seems so obvious, but most of us have never thought of it before :) Your blog looks great, and I can’t wait to see more from you.
    Amanda

  3. says

    Hi Marta. Nice to get to know you and thanks for the tip. Marking the lines is the part of half square triangles that I don’t like doing so this will help. I looked around your blog…you take great photos and Colorado is beautiful!!

  4. says

    Hi Marta – that’s really useful, thanks! Great to meet you through the hop – love the pictures of your garden, and the funny quilting mistake story on your quilts page!

  5. says

    Great post and great tip! I enjoyed reading it and learning more about you! I hand stitched my first binding while watching Dowton Abbey earlier this year.

  6. says

    Hi Marta. So nice to meet you. Where in Colorado are you? I’m from Colorado too and live in Louisville. I’ll have to give your HST idea a try. I use those blocks a lot so this just might come in handy.

  7. joannabinvp says

    Why don’t you only mark the center and then sew 1/4″ on either side of the marked line? That way, you only have to mark once instead of twice. :)

  8. Rona says

    Hi Marta. I ran across your blog totally by accident but I am so glad I did! I just recently purchased a beginner sewing machine because I have been having this urge to want to sew quilts. When I was a little girl and lived with my grandmother she would sew everything. She was the one to show me how to make quilts. It didn’t seem as complicated back then as it does now. But I want to try again. I need a craft to do to keep my mind busy. The machine is being delivered. I want to start on something small. What do you recommend? I signed up for your email newsletters. I might have to get an email address from you because I may have a ton of questions. See I am more of a hands on learner than reading a book to understand……hahahaha!

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