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.
To make a Magic 8, first determine what size finished half-square triangles are desired.
- Let’s say you want to make 3” finished half-square triangles.
- 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” finished half-square triangles.
Cut two squares the desired size based on the formula above.
With right sides together, draw two diagonal lines corner to corner.
Stitch a quarter inch of either side of both drawn lines.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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