The way I make HST includes:
1. Oversizing the starting squares by about 1/4 inch.
2. Sewing the two squares together 1/4 inch from the diagonal line by using tape on the sewing machine to line up the pieces instead of drawing a line on each pair of squares.
3. Trimming the HSTs using my Bloc-Loc ruler.
These three things make HSTs quicker, easier, and more fun. You may wind up not being able to stop at only 144 :)
Below is a picture of some of my HST laid out. I put them in a chevron pattern just for fun and to see if there was really enough contrast between the two sets of fabrics to easily see a pattern. I can guarantee that there is nothing chevron about the actual mystery quilt.
I am looking froward to seeing everyone's progress! Please post your pics to the Flicker group Meadow Mist Designs, and use the hashtag #FoothillsMystery on Instagram :)
Note: The instructions for previous months can be found in the Foothills Mystery Quilt tab above. The monthly instructions will be posted on the first Thursday of each month.
I am linking up to MOP Monday @ Tweety Loves Quilting, Anything Goes Mondays @ Stitch by Stitch, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, and Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, and Show and Tuesday @ Freshly Squeezed Fabrics.