Let’s talk about Half-Square Triangles for a bit, shall we?
(Then be sure and read to the bottom for a special announcement.)
There are more methods for making them than you can shake a stick at!
And the name seems confusing to me, because the units are not triangles, they’re squares made up of triangles that are half of a square. I’ve always called them Triangle Squares, but since they’re generally and widely known as Half-Square Triangles, or HSTs, we’re gonna go with that here, too!
I chose five of my favorite methods for making them, and wrote tutorials on them a couple years ago. You can find them at the following links:
Look them over, give one or two of them a try, and pick your own favorite!
Since the time I wrote these tutorials, Cake Mix papers have come on the market, too, and some of the Cake Mix recipes make Half-Square Triangles as well, if you prefer using those.
If you’re participating in the Summertime Sampler BOM program at Sew Sweet Quilt Shop, then you have several opportunities to make some half-square triangles. I use my all-time favorite method in the pattern (Tutorial #1 above), but feel free to experiment with a different method, if you like it better, while you’re making your Summertime Sampler.
Below, I recreated Filler Section One with some scraps. The original versions of the quilt use prints along with background fabric, but in this experiment, I wanted to see how it would look if I used all prints and none of the background fabric.
I also cut the squares a bit larger than the pattern specified, made my units, then used my Bloc-Loc ruler to trim them to the necessary size, which I did not do in my original quilts. (Just to try something different!)
I hope you’re enjoying your Summertime Sampler blocks so far, and I’ll be back on November 10th with some tips on how I did the appliqué on the traditional version of my Summertime Sampler.
Better still, if you’re in the Brunswick, Missouri, area, I’ll be teaching a needle-turn hand appliqué class at Sew Sweet Quilt Shop on Block #3 pickup day — November 10th — from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. If you’re making the traditional version and want to learn how I did the appliqué on my quilt, here’s your chance to hang with me for the afternoon and I’ll teach you how!
The cost for the 4-hour class is $20, and there is a limited number of spots available, and they’re only open to those who have signed up for the Summertime Sampler BOM program. So if you’re participating in the BOM, and you want to take the class, give Sew Sweet Quilt Shop a call at 660.548.3056 and sign up!