Wednesday, August 1, 2012

HST Block of the Month: August


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.

HappyAugust ! Today I'm sharing with you the eighth block of our block of the month series! We're now 3/4 of the way done! This block is a bit of twist (literally!) on February's block! 

Cutting
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)

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.

3. Arrange your HSTs as shown in the image above.

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

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!

7 comments:

  1. This will be a fun one! THANKS!

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  2. Boy I had to think about how you did that at first. I have two of your blocks done so I should break out the camera and get you some photos. I'm constantly trying to see how I can eliminate excess seams though so mine is going to end up different than yours.

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  3. I almost forgot it was August 1st!

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  4. You can't beat an hourglass block! Can't believe you are 3/4 of the way through already!! Yikes!!!!

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  5. Another beautiful block and your Bloom came out fabulous

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  6. I totally just cheated and sewed the hourglass blocks individually instead of in rows. MUCH nicer points then I'd have achieved otherwise!!

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