Sunshine Quilts

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Half Square Triangles

There are so many ways to make the various segments of a quilt. For the "sew for an hour" project coming up and for future projects we may do here, I'm not going to get real specific about how to do the basic piecing. For instance, in this first project, we will need a bunch of 3" finished half square triangles. I will just say, for example, you will need 80 half square triangles that finish at 3". How I Make Mine: I cut my squares 1" larger than the finished size of the squares. For 3" finished, I would cut my squares 4", draw a diagonal line on one square, layer it right sides together with another square, then I sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn line, cut the drawn line, press them and trim them to 3-1/2". I cut and sew mine individually, one square at a time. Many quilters use this same method but but their squares only 7/8" larger than the finished squares. Other Ways: Grid Method - Triangle Paper is available to print at Block Central. Wondercut Ruler method. There are many ways besides those I've mentioned and for the upcoming project, feel free to use any method that suits you, just so you end up with the correct size square. Judy L.


  • Half square triangles. Oh, okay. (sigh) At least yours are bigger than those dang Thimbleberries HSTs I used to have to put together.
    How's the project coming?

    By Blogger EileenKNY, at 8/05/2006 01:17:00 PM  

  • I'll wait to get started on those once you show us what the finished project might look like. I stink at trying to do mystery quilts, LOL and may want to re-size it for the kids.

    By Blogger Linda_J, at 8/05/2006 02:13:00 PM  

  • HSTs, yay! I have the Wondercut Ruler and 3" finished is my favorite size. :)

    By Blogger Leah S, at 8/05/2006 04:23:00 PM  

  • This sounds like a great project for Triangulations!

    I can't wait to get started on this one, Judy -- from the stash!!


    By Blogger Vicky, at 8/05/2006 07:28:00 PM  

  • Hey Judy, I love following your blog and am so tempted to start one of my own soon... but until then I have decided to follow along and try and make the quilt you will give us directions for each day... but did I miss out on what the finished quilt will look like? you said we would see it. which one is it?

    I can do 80 HST's and the method you use is the same way I do mine too! I hate the 7/8ths so I round up as much as I can.. but am wondering about my color choices for them shoudl they all be of the same fabric color??? If you could point me in the direction of where to view this quilt that would be very helpful for me.

    Thanks! :) Bonnie Minor (Orange, TX)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/05/2006 08:03:00 PM  

  • I normally do my hst like you do but I'm thinking this may be a good time to dig out that wondercut ruler and give it a good workout. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us.

    By Blogger Nancy, at 8/05/2006 08:09:00 PM  

  • I make my HST the same way you do. I do not do well with eighths measurements. Actually, I am making a bunch of hst's tomorrow evening for my project I have been working on. Hopefully Monday I will have pictures of the progress.

    By Blogger deputyswife, at 8/05/2006 09:37:00 PM  

  • I'm tempted to try too... but I already HAVE a bunch of hsts left over as bonus triangles. They're only 2ΒΌ square though - so I guess I'll wait and see if your idea can be scaled down!

    By Blogger ForestJane, at 8/06/2006 02:27:00 AM  

  • I've made HSTs your way (I hate 7/8"). I've made them with the grid method, which is good when you have the pieces of fabric big enough and I've used Triangles on a Roll. I don't mind making HST's. But I do hate the trimming process!

    By Blogger Sweet P, at 8/06/2006 05:37:00 AM  

  • HST is something I need some practice with, I like rounding up and not dealing with 1/8ths measurements. Can't wait for you to give us info on fabrics needed.

    By Blogger Gail, at 8/06/2006 06:30:00 AM  

  • Haven't done half square triangles for awhile. So i won't mind making them. Look forward to finding out more about the "one hour a day" quilt.

    By Blogger Cynthia, at 8/06/2006 06:50:00 AM  

  • I used to make my hst the way you outlines, but find the grid method soooo much faster. the down side is you don't get the variety unless you use a bunch of smaller grids and fabrics... May have to re-visit doing squares that get paired :-)

    By Blogger quiltpixie, at 8/06/2006 07:55:00 AM  

  • I like the 7/8" way to make HST's. For some reason when I use things that are supposed to help me, I get sloppy in my sewing. If I use the the traditional method with bias on the edges of my pieces I am forced to slow down and not tug and pull, etc. It's good there's a method for every gal.

    By Blogger Libby, at 8/06/2006 08:10:00 AM  

  • Every since I"ve known you, you'd always loved triangles! For some reason I'm not surprised you didn't say (hint) 300 HST!

    I'll be watching....

    By Blogger Mama Koch, at 8/07/2006 06:18:00 AM  

  • I like the methis where you strip 2 blocks of fabric, sew them back together and cut your HST from the fabric. Hard to explain. That and the wondercut are my fav's to use when making this many!!

    Good deal on finding the machine problem!

    By Blogger Judy, at 8/07/2006 08:27:00 AM  

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