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How to Make Magic 8 Half Square Triangles

Magic 8 Half Square Triangles Quilting Tutorial with video

If you’ve never learned how to make 8 Half Square Triangles at one time you are missing out! This super magic skill is essential for any quilter, and is even called the Magic 8 HST method! This 8-at-a-time HST technique is a great shortcut for beginners, and is featured in my beginner-friendly Solitaire Quilt Pattern.

You can learn how to make 8 Half Square Triangle Quilt Blocks at one time by reading the step-by-step instructions below, or by watching this quick video:

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4-at-a-time Half Square Triangles

Half Square Triangles can be made lots of different ways, and this post will show you a step-by-step guide to making 4 Half Square Triangles at one time.

I personally prefer the 4-at-a-time method for making Half Square Triangles because it does not involve sewing on the bias. That does however mean that you still need to be careful while pressing your blocks, as to not stretch or distort them later on.

This post will show you what steps to take to make 4 Half Square Triangles at one time, as well as two different methods of trimming Half Square Triangle Quilt Blocks, and even how to calculate what size starting square to use when using the 4-at-a-time HST method.

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Getting Started With a Serger

As someone who loves sewing and quilting and lots of other types of crafting, I get asked about sewing machines quite a bit. One specific type of sewing machine is a serger or “overlock” machine, and today I’m going to go over some serger basics for you!

I actually was sewing for years and years before ever getting a serger, so if you feel like you “need” one you might not really. While getting an overlock machine may not be essential, it is a really fun tool to have for certain techniques, and I find myself using mine on quilts often!

Watch this video to learn how to get started Serging, or continue reading to see each step of the process:

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Quilt Binding: Part 3 – Hand Binding

Learn how to hand sew your quilt binding onto your quilt

Hand-stitched quilt binding is probably my favorite way to bind a quilt! I prep my quilt, make the binding, sew it on one side with my machine, and the flip it over and hand stitch the back side down.

In Quilt Binding Part 1 you will find how to make your binding and my own personal favorite ways to prepare my quilt for binding. Then in Quilt Binding Part 2 I shared with you the methods I use to sew the binding onto the first side of the quilt. Quilt Binding Part 2 also teaches exactly how I use my sewing machine to sew on the 2nd side as well. If that’s more your speed, definitely check out my article to find out the most accurate basting method. Now in Part 3, I am teaching how to stitch your sewing binding on by hand once you get the first side down. Keep reading to learn two different methods!

Learn how to hand sew your quilt binding onto your quilt
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Quilt Binding: Part 2 – Machine Sewing

Machine Quilt Binding

Alrighty friends, are you ready to bind your quilt?! If you haven’t prepared your quilt and binding yet, head over to read this post and learn what steps I take to make my quilt binding.

To get started, I want to give you two main options for how to bind your quilt. The way I first learned from my grandma is the hand binding method. It involved sewing the binding down to your quilt with a machine but then flipping it over and sewing little invisible stitches. Another method is machine quilt binding where you skip the hand sewing and instead use your machine to sew down both sides of the binding. Machine binding is quicker and some find it easier. Whichever method you choose, I hope you challenge yourself to continue learning and enjoy the process!

Quilt Binding with your Sewing machine - homemadeemilyjane Learn how to make a Quilt

This article covers how to bind your quilt entirely by machine, and next week’s post will be about TWO different styles of hand sewing the binding on. Whichever method you choose, the first few steps are the same!

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