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    HST which method?

    I've seen Jenny demonstrate 2 different methods when doing HST. In one she stitches 1/4 inch all way round the 2 pieces and then cuts; the other she presses a diagonal fold from corner to corner and stitches 1/4 on each side of fold, then cuts. Is there a preferred method? I'm confused as to when to do which method.

    #2
    Re: HST which method?

    I make them both ways...but I think I prefer the 1st method where you sew all the way around the block and then cut it diagonally both ways. You get 4 HSTs this way. Where as you get 2 HSTs if you go the other way.
    LIVE well, LAUGH often, LOVE much

    Hugs, Pat

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      #3
      Re: HST which method?

      I think the critical point when dealing with HST's , is 'squaring' up each block, with either method. Jenny never shows this, but then again, she's been sewing for a lot longer than most of us.
      For me, it's critical….
      I really need to get off the exclamation point.
      It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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        #4
        Re: HST which method?

        One our members posted this in her user notes.
        Default HSTs using Jenny's Method



        Jenny's HST method calls for placing two squares right sides together, sewing 1/4" seam all around, and then cutting on both diagonals to yield 4 HSTs from 2 squares. I have done the math to determine the finished HST size you will get from this method, and am fairly confident I am right, utilizing the Pythagorean Theorem. Don't forget - you can trim down the HSTs to make the size you need (though that would be an extra step).
        2 squares = 4 HSTs
        2" Square = 1.06" HSTs
        2.5" Square = 1.41" HSTs
        3.0" Square = 1.77" HSTs
        3.5" Square = 2.12" HSTs
        4.0" Square = 2.47" HSTs
        4.5" Square = 2.83" HSTs
        5.0" Square = 3.18" HSTs
        5.5" Square = 3.54" HSTs
        6.0" Square = 3.89" HSTs
        6.5" Square = 4.24" HSTs
        7.0" Square = 4.60" HSTs
        7.5" Square = 4.95" HSTs
        8.0" Square = 5.30" HSTs
        8.5" Square = 5.66" HSTs
        9.0" Square = 6.01" HSTs
        9.5" Square = 6.36" HSTs
        10.0" Square = 6.72" HSTs
        10.5" Square = 7.07" HSTs
        11.0" Square = 7.42" HSTs
        11.5" Square = 7.78" HSTs
        12.0" Square = 8.13" HSTs

        And going the other way - what size original squares are needed to end up with certain size HSTs:
        XXX" Squares (2) = XXX" HSTs (4)

        1.7" Squares = 1.0" HSTs
        2.4" Squares = 1.5" HSTs
        3.1" Squares = 2.0" HSTs
        3.8" Squares = 2.5" HSTs
        4.5" Squares = 3.0" HSTs
        5.2" Squares = 3.5" HSTs
        5.9" Squares = 4.0" HSTs
        6.6" Squares = 4.5" HSTs
        7.3" Squares = 5.0" HSTs
        8.0" Squares = 5.5" HSTs
        8.7" Squares = 6.0" HSTs
        9.4" Squares = 6.5" HSTs
        10.1" Squares = 7.0" HSTs
        10.9" Squares = 7.5" HSTs
        11.6" Squares = 8.0" HSTs
        12.3" Squares = 8.5" HSTs
        13.0" Squares = 9.0" HSTs
        13.7" Squares = 9.5" HSTs
        14.4" Squares = 10.0" HSTs
        15.1" Squares = 10.5" HSTs
        15.8" Squares = 11.0" HSTs
        16.5" Squares = 11.5" HSTs
        17.2" Squares = 12.0" HSTs
        🌺 Lorie

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          #5
          Re: HST which method?

          "...utilizing the Pythagorean Theorem." Of course Lorie! Now why didn't I think of that??? (Might be because I have no idea what the Pythagorean Theorem is)
          LIVE well, LAUGH often, LOVE much

          Hugs, Pat

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            #6
            Re: HST which method?

            Originally posted by Mimis-quilts View Post
            "...utilizing the Pythagorean Theorem." Of course Lorie! Now why didn't I think of that??? (Might be because I have no idea what the Pythagorean Theorem is)
            Come on now, Pat!
            Were you absent that day?
            Me too!
            HA!
            I really need to get off the exclamation point.
            It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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              #7
              Re: HST which method?

              lol I don't know what the heck it is either.

              All I know is that you have to start with different size squares for each method to get he final size you want. I always remember who posted it for some reason I do have a brain somewhere up there. lol
              🌺 Lorie

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                #8
                Re: HST which method?

                I like the sewing all the way around 1/4 inch and cutting diagonally two ways. But, like Jenny says, "I don't have a problem with bias."

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                  #9
                  Re: HST which method?

                  WOW, Lorie, this is amazing. I have a really "dumb" question.....So for a 10 inch HST you would
                  cut 14 and 4 tenth inch squares? How do you do that with a quilting ruler? Or, what am I missing?
                  or 15.8, 14.7, etc. I don't know how I would measure to cut squares that size.
                  Darlene
                  (thanks for your patience in my not understanding!)

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                    #10
                    Re: HST which method?

                    Originally posted by Darlene Hayes View Post
                    WOW, Lorie, this is amazing. I have a really "dumb" question.....So for a 10 inch HST you would
                    cut 14 and 4 tenth inch squares? How do you do that with a quilting ruler? Or, what am I missing?
                    or 15.8, 14.7, etc. I don't know how I would measure to cut squares that size.
                    Darlene
                    (thanks for your patience in my not understanding!)
                    I didn't figure this out. A member named Amy did. I haven't seen her around lately.

                    But thanks for the compliment!
                    🌺 Lorie

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                      #11
                      Re: HST which method?

                      You guys are hilarious! My chuckle for the day! I don't know what the Pythagorean Theorem is either, but I was laughing and DH asked what tickled my funny bone....He's an engineer - he KNOWS the Pythagorean Theorem!!!!
                      sigpicCarolyn

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                        #12
                        Re: HST which method?

                        You guys are hilarious! My chuckle for the day. I don't know what the Pythagorean Theorem is either but I was laughing at this thread and DH asked me what tickled my funny bone so I told him. He's an engineer so he really does know the Pythagorean Theorem and wasn't clearly as amused as I was.
                        sigpicCarolyn

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                          #13
                          Re: HST which method?

                          The Pythagorean Theorem was some crap we learned in geometry and has to do with proving the three angles of a right triangle add up to 180 degrees.

                          And yes, I said crap. I hated geometry with a passion ...
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                            #14
                            Re: HST which method?

                            I can explain it but I just want to belong here and not be called "smarty pants"
                            Preeti
                            http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/

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                              #15
                              Re: HST which method?

                              Originally posted by Preeti View Post
                              I can explain it but I just want to belong here and not be called "smarty pants"
                              Maybe a good call there, my friend...
                              Let's not try to 'scramble up' too may brains (mine, mostly).
                              HA! Just provide the chart to get there!
                              I LOVE your blog, by the way....
                              I really need to get off the exclamation point.
                              It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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