That works for many quilt designs. However, sometimes you want all the HSTs to be different. This ingenious method allows you to do that without wasting fabric. It’s perfect for truly scrappy quilts.
Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs has developed the Accordion Sewn HSTs™ method for those instances when you want every unit to be different. It’s simple to do and a great technique to have in your toolbox.
Watch as Beth demonstrates the process in the following videos.
Beth recommends trimming the finished HSTs, therefore she starts with fabric squares that are a half inch larger than she wants the finished HSTs to be. For example, for 3 1/2″ square HSTs she starts with 4″ squares.
For trimming Beth prefers the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers. These ruler have slots that allow you to cut off the dog ears. If those don’t bother you, any ruler with 1/2″ increments on the right angles will work (like this one).
Try It Out With Scrappy Mug Rugs!
Beth has teamed with Olfa to provide a tutorial for trying out the method. Make two scrappy mug rugs with no two HSTs the same using her technique. In fact, no two fabrics are the same in each mug rug.
She also provides written instructions for the method that’s demonstrated in the videos.