Easy Peasy HSTs and QSTs by iminei




Here is a quick,easy and foolproof tutorial for HSTs and their second cousins QSTs......


Place two pieces of fabric, right sides together
Cut them together in a square, in this case I have cut them 10 inch square.
If you are worried that the bias (diagonal) edges might stretch, you can use iron on interfacing to stabilise them
Make sure your two pieces of fabric are lying square togetherand pin carefuly
Reverse showing both diagonals stabilised with interfacing.
Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the edge of the fabric...
Pivoting at the corners continue sewing along the edge until you arrive at your starting point.
The two squares of fabric sewn completely around the edge.
Take your ruler and lay it along the diagonal from corner to corner and cut...
Without moving any of the fabric, place your ruler on the other diagonal and cut....
Move the pieces apart and press open the HSTs.
Square the HST's up with a ruler, placing the 45 degree line along the centre diagonal. Those two10 inch squared pieces of fabric make four 6 1/2 inch HST's.
Four beautiful, and stabilised HST's.
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Place two of your HSTs right sides together, pattern to plain, with both diagonal seams running the same direction. They should nest together comfortably.
Pin carefully along the diagonal to match the seams.
Make sure the pieces are lying nice and square together and draw a line from corner to corner crossing the diagonal line of stitching
Sew a scant 1/4 inch along both sides of the centre line
Here we see the two lines of stitching either side of the central drawn line.
Now place your ruler between the sewn lines and cut along the drawn line.
Move the pieces of fabric apart ...
Open, press and Voila! four beautiful QST's. The 6 1/2 inch HSTs make 6 inch QST's.



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