Nana, you said for those using the triangle tube ruler to cut the same amount of strips, but to make them 3". You also said you get about 16 hst units per strip set. So if we use all 21 strips of the background and fabric 1, we come up with 21x16 or 336 hst units. BUT, we have no background and fabric 1 3" strips left to match with fabric two. That is the problem I am having.

I understand your explanation. But, your cutting directions in step one do not add up to step two if using the tubemethod. Unless I'm not seeing something.

I sewed and cut 15 HST from one tube strip. If you need 336 HST squares of bg/#1 divided by 15 to a strip that equals 23 strips; 84 HST bg/#2 divided by 15 equals 6 strips; 84 HST #1/#2 divided by 15 equals 6 strips.

So. using the tube method (using 3" strips) you would cut:

After reading over the step 2 I realized that I left some of the instructions out or assumed that you knew what I was doing. So very sorry.

Take 168 background 3 7/8" squares and combine them with 168 3 7/8" fab #1 squares to make 336 3 1/2 HST squares. You can do this by drawing a line and sewing on each side. Or use any other method you prefer.

Take 42 3 7/8" background squares and combine with 42 fabric #2 squares.

Take 42 fabric #1 and combine with 42 Fabric #2 to form 84 HST squares.

I hope this helps.... also your HST squares should be 3 1/2" to finish at 3".

I haven't cut anything yet...I'm just very curious how a 3" tube is going to yield a 3 1/2" square. I don't have the tube ruler, I have the hst ruler but the tube method looks awesome so I plan on trying it...I'm just not following how that can be? I'm sure it's a math thing....

I haven't cut anything yet...I'm just very curious how a 3" tube is going to yield a 3 1/2" square. I don't have the tube ruler, I have the hst ruler but the tube method looks awesome so I plan on trying it...I'm just not following how that can be? I'm sure it's a math thing....

Karyn

Try it out with a scrap piece first, then you'll be more confident cutting your fabric.

I plan to use the strip tube method. Since I have not yet cut any strips, I think I'll cut strips and make HST as I go. Cut & sew a matching strip set. Make HSTs. Cut another set of strips...... This makes me more comfortable anyway. I really like cutting and making one block at a time. It terrifies me to cut lots of pieces because invariably, I'll cut about half wrong.... Maybe I'll cut a couple of strips at a time! LOL

Finishing up a couple blocks for 2 other quilt alongs, then I'll be ready to begin on this one! WooHoo!

After reading over the step 2 I realized that I left some of the instructions out or assumed that you knew what I was doing. So very sorry.

Take 168 background 3 7/8" squares and combine them with 168 3 7/8" fab #1 squares to make 336 3 1/2 HST squares. You can do this by drawing a line and sewing on each side. Or use any other method you prefer.

Take 42 3 7/8" background squares and combine with 42 fabric #2 squares.

Take 42 fabric #1 and combine with 42 Fabric #2 to form 84 HST squares.

I hope this helps.... also your HST squares should be 3 1/2" to finish at 3".

So ALL of the HST should finish at 3"? or just the 3 1/2" HST squares? HELP! Where do the 3 1/2" squares come into play??? I don't have any 3 7/8" squares of Fabric 2...did I cut wrong??? I'm so confused.

it is confusing. when the directions say the HST will FINISH at 3" that means after the quilt is completely done, if you were to take a ruler and measure that piece it would be 3" but for what we are doing right now the piece you are making is going to measure 3 1/2" , it is just a piece so not considered "finished" Hope this helps :)