Leaf Peepers
Quilt Along week 3

The Leaf Peepers Quilt Along with Leah Day and me is in full swing! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the introduction of the Leaf Peepers quilt pattern and Quilt Along here.

Are you sewing and quilting along with Leah Day and me? It’s not too late.
Get your Leaf Peepers pattern here and join in on the fun!
Looking for a fun, autumn quilting project?Join Leah Day and Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio in this easy fall quilt along. Leaf Peepers is the perfect table runner or wall hanging for Thanksgiving. Join us as we give tips and tutorials as we make these quilt blocks together!

This week I’ll be showing you how to piece 8 half square triangles at a time.

Block 2 uses many of the same types of half square triangles. Making them with the “Magic 8” technique makes the process faster!
Leaf Peepers Quilt Pattern: Block 2. A modern, graphic spin on the traditional half square triangle. A great PDF pattern to use with solid fabric, prints or batiks! Pattern available at wholecirclestudio.com

Leaf Peepers Quilt Pattern: Block 2. A modern, graphic spin on the traditional half square triangle. A great PDF pattern to use with solid fabric, prints or batiks! Pattern available at wholecirclestudio.com

Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 1. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Pair your fabric, correct sides together.
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 2. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Mark diagonal lines from corner to corner.
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 3. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Once you mark both, you’ll havean  “X”. I like using my Sewline Pencil Trio — it has a place for both black and white lead, so I always have the color I need handy!
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 4. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Pin to secure.
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 5. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Stitch, with your ¼″ presser foot, on both sides of the marked lines, using matching thread.

Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 6. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info

Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 7. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info

Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 8. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
After sewing your fabric will look like the photo shown above.
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 9. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Mark and trim a vertical line through the center of the fabric,
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 10. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Mark and trim a horizontal line through the center of the fabric,
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 12. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Trim on the pencil lines of the diagonal lines (between your sewn lines).
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 13. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Open all (8) HSTs and press seams open.
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 14. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Trim the top and right edges of your HSTs, carefully aligning the 45 degree line on your ruler with your seam. Take your time with this step!

Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 15. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info

Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 16. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
Rotate your block and trim your HSTs to your desired size (indicated in the pattern). Be sure to carefully align the 45 degree line on your ruler with your seam.
Video and photo tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HSTs) at once using the Magic 8 method. Step 17. Visit blog.wholecirclestudio.com for more info
You’ll see that there is quite a bit of extra fabric. I like to start with generous pieces of fabric when making my HSTs. While there is a bit more waste, adding this extra amount makes for a less frustrating trimming experience, especially if my ruler slips a bit and I need to make a second cut.

Head on over to Leah’s blog to see how to piece Block 2.

Leaf Peepers Pattern Correction:
Both Leah and I were very careful to catch all the issues within the Leaf Peepers Quilt Pattern, but we missed one small thing for Block 2 in an earlier version of the pattern: In Step 2, the 4th bullet point should say “Trim on all 8 marked lines…” instead of “Trim on all 4 marked lines…”

Next week, we’ll dig into making Leaf Peepers Block 3.

Let’s make something awesome together,

A fun, modern autumn wall hanging quilt or table runner! Leaf Peepers is a modern spin on the traditional half square triangle block. Join the sew along and quilt along and make this for your home or as a gift for Thanksgiving! Leah Day and Whole Circle Studio will walk you through all of the steps of this PDF pattern on their blogs.

Let’s inspire and encourage each other!

We’d love to see what you made!
Please share your quilt on Instagram using the hashtags: #leafpeepersquilt #wholecirclestudio #leahdayquilting 
and tag us @wholecirclestudio @leahdayquilting

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