If you don’t like cutting and stitching loose triangles together on the bias, or need to make lots and lots of half-square triangles for a quilting project, here’s a quick and easy solution.

## Making the Magic 8 work for you.

### Step 1:

To make a Magic 8, first determine what size ** finished** half-square triangles are desired.

For example:

- Let’s say you want to make 3”
half-square triangles.*finished* - Add to your 3” measurement, 7/8”. (Your total is now 3-7/8”)
- Multiply your total of 3-7/8” by 2. (That equals 7-3/4”)
- 7-3/4” squares are the size needed to make your 3”
half-square triangles.*finished*

### Step 2:

Cut two squares the desired size based on the formula above.

### Step 3:

With right sides together, draw two diagonal lines corner to corner.

### Step 4:

Stitch a quarter inch of either side of both drawn lines.

### Step 5:

Carefully cut apart with out shifting the stitched fabric square.

There will be four cuts:

**Cut 1:** Vertical cut right down the center.

**Cut 2:** Cut down the center horizontally.

**Cuts 3 and 4:** Cut on both the drawn diagonal lines.

Voila! Here's a look at some pinwheels made using the Magic 8 method.

Half-square triangles are often used in many quilt blocks and quilt patterns. Pinwheels, charm quilts and many star blocks to name a few. Just imagine how this simple and fast Magic 8 method will change your quilting life!

## Use the Magic 8 method to whip up these fun quilt patterns!

### Poppa's Tree Farm Quilt

Switch up the colors, and this lovely tree quilt can be enjoyed not only at Christmas, but all year round. This can easily be made into a wall hanging, too!

**Get the Poppa's Tree Farm pattern.**

### Pinwheel Table Treat & Pillow Kisses Mini Quilt

The small scale pinwheels on this sweet little mini quilt are a breeze using the Magic 8 method.

**Get the Pinwheel TableTreat & Pillow Kisses pattern.**

### Hot Cocoa with Friends Mug Rug

These quick and easy wool appliqué mug rugs made with traditional Friendship Star blocks are perfect for enjoying a hot cup of cocoa with a friend. Super yummy!

**Get the Hot Cocoa with Friends Mug Rug pattern.**

### Pumpkin Spice Quilt

This quilt is a great stash buster! Warm it up for winter by adding a flannel backing. So snuggly and easy to make!

**Get the Pumpkin Spice pattern.**

### About the author

This post is written by quilting blogger Karen Walker of *Laugh Yourself Into Stitches*. Karen has been a quilter for the past 15+ years. She enjoys making quilts, has a longarm quilting business, and recently became one of Craftsy’s indie pattern designers. She uses this Magic 8 method in almost all of her quilt designs.

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