Friday, June 27, 2014

Half Square Triangles - 001

How many ways can you make a Half Square Triangle? This is one of many methods. I am making a pink and cream quilt that is filled with HST's, mostly pink. So I decided to document the ways that I have decided to manufacture HST. This tutorial will make 8 HST out of 2 Squares. 

With this method your supply list is:
2 squares, I used two 6 inch squares - Pleasing sides together.
A marking tool - I used a Frixion Pen
A straight edge - I used a Quilters Rule, made for marking HST 
A quarter inch foot (shown below) - optional 
Once you have all of your supplies place the 2 squares pleasing sides together. 
Then place a mark from corner to corner as you can see above.

And Here We Go
This is the quarter inch foot that I was talking about in the supply list. If you do not have this foot don't worry, all is good. You will just need to mark a quarter inch on each side of the center line. You should have 3 lines marked from corner to corner and the another 3 lines marked for the other 2 corners. A total of 6 lines
Sew on the 2 outer lines, total of 4 sewn lines.


 If you have this foot sew down one side of the line then flip your square and sew down the other side of the line as shown below.

Your square should look like the one below.
Cut on the Center lines.
In Both directions
Stack all four triangles
Line up your triangles and cut from the top of the triangle down.  
Be sure to line up your ruler and triangles.
Now you should have 8 triangles.
When you open one up here is what it will look like.
Pressed to the dark.
Now it's time to square them up to 2 1/2 inches.
Line up the diagonal line on your ruler with the diagonal line on you HST. Measure the HST to 2 1/2 inches or more if your HST is Wonky. If your square is a bit wonky trim all four side of you HST. Remember measure twice cut once
Nice and Neat 
 The leftover use it as stuffing or throw it away.
 The HST is so much fun there are so many ways to use it. 
Did you now that the famous Swoon Block is made with HST. Amazing!!!
Check out the many ways to HST on Pinterest 
I'll be back with more HST Tutorials.





2 comments:

  1. Great tutorial April.... Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, I have 2 more HST techniques. :)

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