One of the best kept quilting secrets – HST paper!

Ok, I seriously feel like the super nerdy kid that came across something that made me popular enough to join the ‘cool kids’ crowd!

How come no one smacked me over the head with this stuff??

I mean, I’d heard about paper piecing, but never tried it.

HST paper is a piece of paper, or a document that you print onto paper, that you pin to fabric that is right sides together. You then sew on the sewing lines, and cut on the cutting lines when you are done sewing. You end up with x amount of HSTs that are fantastically accurate and symmetrical. AND, you didn’t have to fidget with tons of little triangles if you want a small finished HST.

Let me go back to the beginning.

I joined a mystery quilt thing with my local guild last summer. We got 3 different steps for cutting and piecing before we got the final block placement for the quilt.

The excitement for my first mystery quilt was huge!

Step one, knocked out in no time.

Step two: cut strips 2 3/8″ wide and cut into squares, then into triangles and make 96 – 1 1/2″ HST (Half Square Triangles).

That means 192 – 2 3/8″ squares people.

Yea, ain’t gonna happen….

So, there it sat, patiently waiting. I received step three at the following guild meeting. There it still sat. I even got the last step (in an envelope, as not to temp me). There it sat. There was even a show and tell for this mystery quilt (yea, there goes the surprise… funny thing is I’ve already forgotten what the final quilt looks like… haha). And it still sat.

Then I decided to actually read the pattern beyond the cutting instructions (novel idea really…). Well, there was an alternative method… HST PAPER!!

GEEZ!!!

…Face plant…

Know how long it takes to sew 108 HST with the paper???

Less than an hour, that includes: getting on your computer, printing the paper, trimming it, cutting the large pieces of fabric, pinning, a few text messages, a dirty diaper, and a bathroom break.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, HST Paper is FANTASTIC!!

You should go try it out.

Go get a free download for 9 different sizes that you can print from home at Quilting and What Not.

Here’s a few ideas of what you could make with just a few HSTs:

1. Finished”>http://flickr.com/photos/29655571@N08/8213665846/”>Finished Field Study half-square triangle chevron quilt
2. Triangles”>http://flickr.com/photos/37715522@N00/7730805986/”>Triangles Bag
3. Half”>http://flickr.com/photos/39275021@N05/5405663993/”>Half Square triangle cushions
4. half-square”>http://flickr.com/photos/30302047@N04/5685349559/”>half-square triangle placemats
5. http://flickr.com/photos/70531558@N00/4175569730/“>{ geometric squares quilt }
6. Chevron”>http://flickr.com/photos/16468558@N03/6721058653/”>Chevron Half Square Triangle Values Quilt and Pillow
7. Triangle”>http://flickr.com/photos/29745380@N05/9084659293/”>Triangle Patch Box Pouch
8. Innocent”>http://flickr.com/photos/35368186@N06/6792934278/”>Innocent Crush Patchwork Pillow Cover

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THE Angel Food Cake

I’ll start with a little back story.

Most Sundays we have dinner with my in-laws. I absolutely love having dinner with them, the kids love it, there’s always good food, and we always have fun.

One of the best parts is: we ALWAYS have dessert!

What’s a family dinner without dessert right??

So, one Sunday in January we had an angel food cake, it was purchased at our local wholesale store.

Everyone loved it topped with whipped cream and strawberries, and we were all happily ever after.

About a week later I was looking at it, and it looked just like when we first cut into it.

Hmmm.

(Enter my curiosity)

So, instead of tossing it, I wanted to see how long it would take to grow mold. Yes, mold.

Two months later it still looks like we just opened it.

Scary.

Here it will sit until there is mold, even though my OCD senses are tingling and I feel it has lived on this cabinet beyond it’s welcome already.

How long do you think it will take??

Seriously Comcast??

This was just so ridiculous that I had to blog about it.

Incase the world doesn’t know, my Valentine’s Day was fantastic!

I was puked on and pooped on all before 8am, fun times. The day could only get better from that point, and luckily it did.

The best part of the day though was our visit from Comcast.

Now, we are Verizon people. We had Comcast when we were first married, but since the switch, we have no desire to go back. Just cause.

So, a door-to-door sales rep knocked at about 5:15pm last night. Mind you, I can’t stand door-to-door salesmen, girl scouts are a whole nother story though, they’re welcome at any time of the day!!

He sees me in yoga pants, with no front tooth (I had it knocked out, getting an implant, and just recently had the next to last step done, so I walk around my house toothless so it will heal faster), and looking like I haven’t left my house in days. It gets better.

He proceeds to share with me how they are offering a $200 gift card for signing up, since some people do have cancellation fees with contracts. Side note: I did tell a little lie and explain that we were about 10 months out from ending our contract. Why did he not get the point that I wasn’t interested??

He also wants me to know about all the free stuff I would get for the first year of the contract, again I give him the “I could really care less” look.

Enter my #3 child, and his face is covered in Spongebob Squarepants sherbert push pop, the strawberry flavor. Great, now this guy thinks I don’t clean my kids either (I’m still without a front tooth too…).

The best part about this entire adventure is when he finishes his speech.

All these deals ended that very night at 9pm!! And he continues to explain that only Comcast sales reps can give these deals, and they only do them for 1 week at a time. I then wonder, why on EARTH did you knock on MY DOOR with less than 4 hours to take advantage of an opportunity to change cable/internet services. I know, I know, it doesn’t take that long to sign up for something like this, but it’s the point of the matter.

Needless to say, I was very NOT interested. Besides, this guy just took up about 20 minutes that most of my kids were sitting quietly. Seriously dude…

Hopefully your Valentine’s Day was a little better than mine.