## Wednesday, December 19

### HST magic :) (lots of pics!!)

There are many tutorials on the web for making hst fast and easy. Here's one that'll give you 8 hst in a few minutes. I did not come up with this one and don't know who did, I just want to share...
First you start with 2 squares, one colour for one half triangle. Mine are Christmassy red and white.
Put them on top of each-other and draw 2 diagonal lines and sew on each side 1/4" from the line. So far nothing new.
Then cut: 2x diagonal, 1 horizontal and 1 vertical like this:
Press them open and cut them to the exact size (mine are 3 1/2 ") The precision trimmer by Martha Mc Closky is an absolute wonderfull ruler for that!
Ah, the possibilities!
Unfortunately we need math. Don't worry, it's simple:

(A+1/2")x2=B
Meaning: A is the unfinished hst and B your starting square.
My hst is 3 1/2". Add 1/2" makes 4". x2 makes 8. So my starting square B was 8".
For safety I added another 1/4". If you are just as accurate as Harriet Hargrave you need not do that.
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Now what to do with these? Make a Christmas pillowcover that's easy to put on and off your cushion!
Sew your block of choice together and put a piece of thick fusible fleece on the back and quilt it if you want.

Then the back. Same hight as the pieced block but for the width, cut a piece that's approx. 1 1/2 the size of the pieced block.
Cut that piece in half
Make a seam on the cut edges
Put both pieces on top op your block, right sides together, overlap in the middle
Sew the overlap to secure it and then sew all the way around.
Sew a lockstitch all around to prevent any fraying.
Turn, put a cushion in the pillowcover and enjoy!