HST Block of the Month: May

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month May Quilt Block Tutorial - In Color Order
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 May! Today I'm sharing with you the fifth block of our block of the month series! This block is a fun variation on the traditional Windmill block Let's dive right in!

Cutting
Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month May Quilt Block Tutorial - In Color Order
HST Block of the Month: May, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Traditional Method:
- (8) 4" squares from background fabric (white)
- (4) 4" squares from print fabric (turquoise)
- (2) 4" squares from second print fabric (navy)
- (2) 4" squares from third print fabric (green)

Alternative Method:
- (4) 6" squares from background fabric (white)
- (2) 6" squares from print fabric (turquoise)
- (1) 6" squares from second print fabric (navy)
- (1) 6" squares from third print fabric (green)

Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month May Quilt Block Tutorial - In Color Order
HST Block of the Month: May, 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.

Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month May Quilt Block Tutorial - In Color Order
HST Block of the Month: May, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
3. Arrange your HSTs as shown in the image above.

Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month May Quilt Block Tutorial - In Color Order
HST Block of the Month: May, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
4. Sew your HSTs into four rows. Press seams in alternating directions as shown above.

Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month May Quilt Block Tutorial - In Color Order
HST Block of the Month: May, 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!

21 comments :

  1. Cant wait to get off of work to make it!

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  2. Looking forward to having a go at this one ~ this has been my first ever 'block of the month' venture, and first go at HST's (yes, I'm a quilting newby) and I am enjoying every step of the journey. Thank you Jeni for your time and sharings ~ much appreciated :)

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  3. Wow, this one is really pretty. I think it's getting a little easier each month for me, and I'm learning a lot. I'm sure glad you are feeling better. Thanks so much.

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  4. I love the HST I have been making some pinwheels lately and gotten great at sewing them.

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  5. Oh, of course: a new block. It's always such a nice surprise at the beginning of the month!

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  6. Another perfect addition!! I can't believe we are in May already!

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  7. totally love this one mucho grande

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  8. Thank you so much for doing the BOM this year. I love it and look forward to it each month. Love this block!

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  9. Can't wait to make this one! Thank you for all the work you do to bring us the BOM. :)

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  10. Love this block and the fabrics you chose!

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  11. Love your blocks! I hope to make some this summer during my holidays!

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  12. You put together things I wouldn't think would necessarily go together and they turn out so cute everytime. Such inspiration!

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  13. thanks for sharing! I like the look. Hopefully I'll give all blocks a try sometime.

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  14. Thank you!! Hope you're feeling better :)

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  15. Love the block ~ still need to make last month's block!

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  16. I hope to get my square finished this weekend. I love this series, Jeni, and appreciate your time in planning it.

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  17. That was a fun one to make. Thanks again!

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  18. Finished! I'll post to the flicker group. This quilt will be a gift for my sister. Thanks!

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  19. Only a month late but I just got this one done. I think this was the one I have enjoyed the most thus far. Thanks so much for doing this BOM. Before this, I really didn't care for making a lot of HSTs but this is fun!

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  20. I'm making a quilt with only this block using It's a Hoot charm packs and some stash fabric :) I shall have to do the whole quilt a long someday :) Thanks for the tute!

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