3 simple steps to embellish a tea towel with HSTs by Christine Baker October 16, 2018 written by Christine Baker October 16, 2018 1.7K Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you 4 different blocks that could be made using HST units. Today I’m using the Dreamweaver XE to embellish a tea towel with HSTs! Here goes! The Dream Weaver XE Since I never like to throw anything away, I seem to always have an assortment of different HST units on hand that have been made from the leftovers of either flying geese blocks or snowball blocks. HST units I’m happy to share how I’ll use the half-square triangle units (HSTs) that were made when I sewed the flying geese units for The Rainbow Within wall banner which was featured in issue 47 of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine. The Rainbow Within I’m simply using some store bought tea towels to make this a super fast and easy project! Tea towels Step 1 – sew HSTs into a row The first thing I did was to measure the width of the tea towel so that I knew how many HST units to sew together into a row using the Dreamweaver XE. Sewing the HST units Seven HST units sewn together in a row ended up measuring the same as the width of the tea towel. If they had ended up a bit too long, I would have just centered the row on the tea towel and trimmed of the same amount on each end of the HST row. The HST row Step 2 – add an edging Now I want to cover the raw edges of the row using some edging strips. I cut enough 2″ strips of black fabric to go around all four edges of the HST row. Cut 2″ strips Next, I press the edging strip in half lengthwise using a hot iron. Press in half Now we’re going to sew the edging to the front of the HST row using a ¼” seam in the same way that we would sew binding on to the edge of a quilt. If you aren’t sure how to do that, check out some of my previous on QUILTsocial on the 10 simple steps for binding with perfect corners. Sew with a ¼” seam As you can see, I used the Dreamweaver XE to sew the edging onto all four edges of the HST row. The sewn edging Now, the edging is folded to the back of the HST row and secured using Wonder Clips or pins. Fold to the back Step 3 – topstitch in place I used an iron to press the edging and now the HST row is pinned in place on the tea towel. Pin in place Now I’ll sew the HST row in place using a topstitch along the edging using the “J” presser foot on the Dreamweaver XE. Sewing in place Here’s my finished tea towel! You can easily customize this gift by using fabrics that match your recipient’s kitchen or that match other parts of the gift such as kitchen utensils or placemats! The finished tea towel Well there’s one gift that is quick and easy to make AND we used up some leftovers too! I love projects that come together so easily! Tomorrow I’ll use the Dreamweaver XE and a few more of these batik HST units to make a matching potholder. See you then! This is part 2 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 1: 4 creative quilt blocks using HSTs Go to part 3: The Dreamweaver XE + HSTs = a fun and functional gift [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs229brotherDreamweaver XEfree patternshalf square triangle blockHoliday Gift IdeasHST designsquilt blockssewing machine reviewstutorials FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Christine Baker I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com. previous post 4 creative quilt blocks using HSTs next post The Dreamweaver XE + HSTs = a fun and functional gift YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The magic and math to making perfect bias... Quilting made easy with the dual feed foot... THE absolute easiest way to assemble a Double... Taking the fear out of piecing Double Wedding... The trick to curved piecing the Double Wedding... Fear not the Double Wedding Ring quilt, Brother... Accurate pinning makes all the difference with curved... Curved piecing made easy with the Dreamweaver XE First steps to piecing the Double Wedding Ring... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.