Quilted Pineapple Cushion Cover QAL – Day 1

We hope you have gathered the fabrics needed for the QAL now! Today is Day 1 of the quilt along and we will construct the 30 units of Half-Square Triangle (HST) units.

There are a few ways of piecing a HST unit, but we prefer a ‘trim down’ method where we make a larger HST unit and then trim down to the size that we like. Advantages of this method are: accurate HST that will require less easing of seams and also the starting sizes of the squares are cut in either in whole or half numbers (compared to 3/8″ or 7/8″ in the traditional method). The downside is that there is some wastage and also what some may perceive as additional effort to trim the units.

From the fabrics you have prepared from our requirement list:
– Green: Enough for 7 pieces of 3.5″ squares. (approx 1 Fat Eighth)
– Yellow: Enough for 18 pieces of 3.5″ squares (approx 1 Fat Quarter)
– Orange for Background : 1/2 yard
Reserve the balance for borders

We will be sewing on our machine with a 1/4″ footer. If you do not have a 1/4″ footer, use a seam guide or adjust your needle position accordingly. All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless indicated otherwise.

Fabric selection – press and prepare for cutting!

Step 1) Cutting instructions:
Green Fabric: Cut 7 units of 3.5″ squares.
Yellow Fabric: Cut 18 units of 3.5″ squares
Orange: Cut 5 units of 3.5″ squares AND Cut 2 units of 2.5″ squares.

Step 1: Cut Fabrics

Step 2) Fabric Pairing
Pair up 2 units of the 3.5″ squares, putting them Right Sides Together in the following grouping:
– Green + Orange: 3 sets
– Green + Green: 2 sets
– Yellow + Orange: 2 sets
– Yellow + Yellow: 8 Sets

Step 2: Pair up the squares into these 4 groupings

Step 3) Method A – Mark and Sew (with Quilters Magic Wand – QMW)
– Take 1 set of paired units, align the center line on the QMW across the opposite corners.
– Mark 2 lines – 1 down the right and 1 on left side of QMW.
– Repeat for the rest of the paired units. You only need to mark ONE side of the pair.
Tip: draw with pencil tip into the edge where the wand meets fabric for an accurate line.
Tip 2: The width of QMW is 0.5″ and the ruler edge is 1/4″ away from the center line. So it is very convenient for us to mark our 1/4″ seam allowances for other sewing too.

Step 3A) Mark 1 side of the pair with Quilter’s Magic Wand
Step 3A) There should be 2 lines after you have marked on the square

– Sew ON the lines for all 15 pairs.

Step 4A) Sew on the lines
The pair of squares will look like this after sewing using Method A.

If you don’t have the QMW yet, you can use Method B, which is a traditional method of marking/sewing.

Step 3B) Mark and Sew – Method B (without QMW)
– Take 1 pair of 2 square units, align a ruler edge across the diagonal corners.
– Mark the line across the diagonal corners.

Step 3B) Mark 1 side of the pair with a Regular ruler, corner to corner.

– Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance from the line, on the right and left sides of the line.
Tip: it is more accurate to sew on a marked line than to follow the seam allowance of a 1/4″ footer especially. That’s why we prefer QMW for constructing such units.

Sew 1/4″ away from the line. (This is a 1/4″ sewing footer)
The pair of squares will look like this after sewing using Method B.

*** Complete Step 3 using EITHER ONE METHOD: A OR B ***

Step 4) Cut the sewn units
– After sewing on the lines, place your ruler on opposite corners, IN BETWEEN the sewn lines. Then cut all the units on the diagonal.

Place your ruler on opposite corners, IN BETWEEN the sewn lines
The separated unit.

Step 5) Press the seams open.
– Press the seam to 1 side from the front and then press the back seam open for flatter seam. Tip: Use Flatter!

This is back of the seam. We were too excited to get down to trimming that we only remember to take this picture later!

You should have the following 30 units of Half Square Triangles (HST)
– green and orange  x 6 units
– green and green hst x 4 units
– yellow and orange hst x 4 units
– yellow and yellow hst x 16 units
and 2 pieces of 2.5″ squares from Step 1.

Step 6) Trimming the HST
– Place your ruler with the 45 degree line on the diagonal seam, making sure that you have enough to trim down all 4 sides of the square to measure 2.5″.
– Trim all 30 HST units to 2.5″ square.

Line the Ruler’s 45 degree line on the diagonal seam with allowances on all sides.
Turn the unit around and line trimmed edges on the 2.5″ lines AND the 45 degree ruler line on the diagonal seam .

IF your ruler does not have a 45 degree line printed on it. You can tape down a piece of Washi tape on the ruler too.

Improvised 45 degree line on the ruler.

And to speed up the production process, we used the Olfa 12″ Rotating Mat and a 2.5″ square ruler.

And that’s the end of Day 1 of our Quilt Along! Do follow us on InstagramFacebook page and Facebook Group (Quilting Quilters) and please share your progress pictures with us too! Remember to add hashtag #2QQAL2019 #PineappleQAL

Join us on Monday, 14 Jan for Day 2 of the quilt along!