HST Block of the Month: April

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Welcome to the Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month! For each month in 2012, I'll present a quick tutorial for a traditional quilt block using half-square triangles (HST)! It's going to be a lot of fun, feel free to join in at any time! For past posts see here.
 

Happy April! Today I'm sharing with you the fourth block of our block of the month series! This block is made up of pinwheels! Let's dive right in!

For my block I used prints from Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry, Ruby by Bonnie & Camille, Oval Elements by Pat Bravo, and Outfoxed by Lizzy House.

Cutting
HST Block of the Month: April by jenib320
HST Block of the Month: April, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Traditional Method:
- (8) 4" squares from background fabric (white)
- (2) 4" squares from print fabric (green)
- (2) 4" squares from second print fabric (turquoise)
- (2) 4" squares from third print fabric (teal)
- (2) 4" squares from fourth print fabric (navy)

Alternative Method:
- (4) 6" squares from background fabric (white)
- (1) 6" squares from print fabric (green)
- (1) 6" squares from second print fabric (turquoise)
- (1) 6" squares from third print fabric (teal)
- (1) 6" squares from fourth print fabric (navy)

HST Block of the Month: April by jenib320
HST Block of the Month: April, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
1. Assemble your half-square triangles using either the traditional method, or the alternative method. Press seams open.

2. Trim your HSTs to 3.5" square.

HST Block of the Month: April by jenib320
HST Block of the Month: April, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
3. Arrange your HSTs as shown in the image above.

4. Sew your HSTs into four rows. Press seams in alternating directions.

HST Block of the Month: April by jenib320
HST Block of the Month: April, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
5. Sew your four rows together, pinning where the seams match up. Press seams open. Trim block to 12.5" if necessary.

Voila! You're done! :)

If you create a block using this tutorial I hope you'll add it to the flickr group!

Happy Sewing!

15 comments :

  1. You can't beat a pinwheel quilt!

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  2. Another wonderful block...love this one!

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  3. I hope to make my 4th installment tomorrow

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  4. i'm up to all of the hard blocks in my farmer's wife project. you post reminds me how much i miss all of the HST blocks :)

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  5. Uh-oh ... I haven't made the March block yet, but I am still on board, have scheduled some sewing machine time later this month, and hope to catch up! The April block looks great - can't wait to give it a go!

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  6. Lovely! I was really looking forward to the next block and this one looks really fun! :-)

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  7. oh, this is a cute one ~ I'm up to date on all the blocks and looking forward to making this one!
    Made just one of these pinwheel blocks for the center of a bigger block and it turned out great! Thanks so much for the tutorials ~ I look forward to them every month!

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  8. I just found you and your BOM! So excited to start another set! Great directions....thanks for sharing!

    Sharon
    dexterdays-sdk.blogspot.com

    ~Love your vintage sheets!!!

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  9. I love checking out your BOM - your instructions are so clear and the blocks are beautiful - thanks for your work

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  10. I thought this one was the easiest of the four we've done. I think I will start looking for some sashing fabric now that I have four blocks and start sewing them together. Then I won't have so much to do when I make the last block. Do you think that's a good idea?

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  11. Just found this! I'll be using 30s, I think. I may use Thangles or Laundry Basket if all HST will finish at 3 1/2" (will they?)so I don't have to 'square-up'. Otherwise, might try your bias version.

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