Discover Design: Playing With Half-Square Triangles

Monique Jacobs
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Meet your instructor, quilter Monique Dillard, as she previews the skills and projects covered throughout the class. Get inspired by the wide variety of gorgeous designs you can create using versatile half-square triangles (HSTs). Then, discover five easy-to-learn methods of making HSTs.
Turn your half-square triangles into a lovely piece of art! Monique shares simple ways to create and modify designs. You'll also learn an effective technique for chain sewing pieces, as well as how to correctly press the finished rows. Complete the project by mounting the design to a small canvas.
Build on the skills you acquired in previous lessons to make a striking colorwash batik quilt. See how to select and arrange your fabrics, then learn how to make a four-patch. Plus, Monique gives in-depth instruction on how to combine half-square triangles and four-patches into a cohesive quilt block design.
Finish working on the colorwash batik quilt you started in Lesson 3. Monique illustrates how to arrange and modify your finished quilt blocks to achieve a variety of distinct designs. In addition, you'll learn the best way to assemble the quilt top and create a plain border.
Learn how to make quilts in all shapes and sizes. Find out how to determine the correct measurements for your quilt. Want to enlarge a pattern? Monique shares a variety of creative design techniques you can use to make your quilts bigger. Plus, discover a simple way to resize quilt blocks.
Broaden your skill set by making Monique's beautiful diamond effect quilt. Watch and learn how to create a wide array of lovely patterns using two sizes of half-square triangles. You'll also see how to apply this same technique to pieced borders for an eye-catching effect!
Complete the diamond effect quilt you started in Lesson 6. Monique illustrates how to arrange your quilt blocks in a way that enhances the overall design. In addition, you'll discover more ways to finish off the look by adding attractive borders.
7 Lessons
1  hrs 45  mins

Unleash your inner quilt designer with versatile half-square triangles! Join professional quilter Monique Jacobs, formerly Monique Dillard, to create three breathtaking projects: a stunning art piece, a batik quilt and a dazzling, diamond-effect quilt. Get started with five fast HST-making methods, then dive into setting options that allow you to modify any pattern. Learn how to combine half-square triangles with simple four-patch blocks, and experiment with color placement and block rotation to create a range of inspiring designs. Next, play with two sizes of HSTs for an eye-catching effect, and discover how to use the same technique to make an exquisite pieced border. And, find out how to resize blocks and enlarge any pattern, for beautiful quilts that always measure up. Explore endless pattern possibilities, and jumpstart your designing journey!

Monique Jacobs

Monique's love of quilting was encouraged by relatives who taught her the art of handwork and sewing. Before beginning her quilt design business, Open Gate, Monique was an instructor at her local quilt shop for 15 years. These days, she teaches across the United States at quilt guilds and weekend retreats. Monique has designed six quilting rulers, more than 90 Open Gate patterns and written three books with C&T Publishing: Fat Quarter Winners, Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts and Diamond Traditions.


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