Sparkle Quilt Along: Half-Square Triangles

Thursday, January 26, 2012


This post is part of the Sparkle Quilt Along. For more information see here.
 

Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs by jenib320
Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Welcome to the third week of the Sparkle Quilt Along, hosted by Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations and myself! Today I'm going to show you how to make Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)! So, let's get started!

Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs by jenib320
Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
1. Take two of your 3" squares, one print and one background.

Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs by jenib320
Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
2. Place the background square on top of your print square, right sides together.

3. Using your ruler and a pencil, draw a line across the diagonal of your background square.

Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs by jenib320
Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
4. Sew 1/4" on either side of the pencil line.

Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs by jenib320
Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
5.  Using a rotary cutter or scissors, cut down the pencil line, splitting apart your squares.

Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs by jenib320
Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
6. Press your seams. I like to press mine open because I think they end up laying flatter, but feel free to do what you're comfortable with.

Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs by jenib320
Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
7. Place your ruler over your HST with the corner on the diagonal seam. Line up the diagonal line on the ruler with the seam. Carefully trim as little as necessary on both sides.

Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs by jenib320
Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
8. Turn your HST and trim the other two sides, again lining up the seam with the diagonal ruler line. This time line your newly trimmed edges up with 2.5". Trim the excess.

Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs by jenib320
Sparkle Quilt Along: HSTs, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Voila! You should now have two Half-Square Triangles that measure 2.5" square! Repeat with remaining squares!

Don't forget to join the Sparkle Quilt Along Flickr Group! Next week Megan will be showing you how to construct your blocks! :)

Happy Sewing!

9 comments :

  1. Your HST's are just perfect! mine always look as if they just rolled in from an all night party...
    Can't wait to see your finished block :)

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  2. LOL Aneela, I know just what you mean!! Mine are always a wee bit wonky as well!

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  3. I like to cut my beginning squares just a little bigger than I need so I can trim them better once they're sewn. You may need extra yardage to do this but it does pay off so that you don't scrap any unusable triangles in the end because there were off on one side or the other.

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  4. Sweet! Thanks of using fabric from The Woodlands collection! Keep me posted - Would LOVE to to see the end result!
    xo

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  5. Oh, I can't wait to go home and make HST! On my birthday. Its a HST birthday kind of day. :)

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  6. What's a Sparkle quilt? I clicked the link but I still can't tell what you guys are making this time. Is it sparkly stars, or will there be some kind of bling or bedazzling?

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  7. I always mean to make my HST's this way but end up cutting all the 5" squares diagonally. Then they are wonky. Next time I will mark, sew, and cut this way. Thank you for the reminder.

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