Half-Square Triangle Love

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Quilting | Comments


Half-square triangles have to be one of the most versatile quilting blocks around. HST’s are formed by cutting two squares in half diagonally from corner to corner, creating two triangles, and then sewing two different triangles together to make a square. There are many different ways to create these, but the outcome is one simple foundation block and that can be arranged in countless ways to create more complex blocks or layouts.

Let’s take a look at a few Craftsy patterns and projects that feature this basic block! The versatility of this block is always astounding.

half square triangles

Photo via Breaking Clouds by bitterpurl

Inspired by a vintage quilt, designer Yahaira Ferreira created this pattern to feature half-square triangles out of favorite scraps in a star layout. This highly informational pattern includes diagrams and tips on how to create HST’s in a variety of ways.

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Photo via Primrose and Poppies by It’s Sew Emma

This is a sweet and simple half-square triangle project that can be finished in no time. Grab four fat quarter fabrics and some background fabric and you are ready to go!

charm quilt

Photo via Square Dancin Charm by SunFlower Quilts

Pull out your favorite 5” charm packs for this project. Create this beautiful diamond quilt by layering those pretty charms with a solid fabric.

sparkle quilt

Photo via Sparkle Plenty by Loft Creations

Can you believe those little half-square triangles can work together to create this star quilt too? This stunning quilt features a pinwheel star and is echoed by a variety of HST and square star borders. The pattern shows how to make a 48” square quilt, but make it your own by simply changing the size of your half-square triangles!

HST quilt

Photo via Half Square Triangle quilt by Sue Sew Crafty

Check out this quilt shared by Craftsy user Sue. After taking a class by Katie Pedersen of Sew Katie Did, Sue recreated her beloved half-square triangle quilt. Can you believe this is her first?

Are you intrigued by HST’s yet? To truly explore the different layouts that you can form with them, check out these sampler quilts!

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Photo via Half Square Triangle Sampler by Jeni Baker

Jeni’s Sampler features 12 blocks that are comprised completely of HST’s. The pattern teaches two different methods of creating half-square triangles, and once you are finished with this project you will be confident when adding them to any of your projects!

pinwheel

Photo via Pinwheel Sampler by Rachel Griffith Designs

Explore a sample of the classic and timeless pinwheel block. You will create 16 blocks in this educational pattern.

I hope that you are inspired to sew up some half-square triangles! If you aren’t quite ready to tackle a big project yet, try out this free Interlocking Tiles pattern by Jennifer Overstreet. Build your HST skills and spruce up your table with this adorable table runner.

You might also enjoy layer cake patterns.

Comments

  1. gAIL says:

    I just signed up for 2! HST exchanges on QCA – this will help me decide what to use them for!!!! Great Ideas!

  2. Patricia Simpson says:

    I really want to make a sampler wall hanging (not just half square triangles) using my color scheme and traditional quilt blocks. Do you have a pattern for a sampler of this style I could purchase? Thank you. PJ

  3. Jo-Anne Schindler says:

    I love your half square triangles and would love to do a quilt in at least two of the samples you showed — “The Square Dancin’ Charm” and the “Sparkle Plenty”. Are these patterns available?