# Fast way to do 8 at a time half square triangles (HST) with straight of grain edges!

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• 07-28-2011, 09:53 PM
LucyInTheSky
This is a tutorial on how to make 8 half square triangles (HST) at a time. Whats nice with this method vs the 4 at a time is that on this, the bias is where its supposed to be and your final edges are on the straight of grain (since that has messed me up with the 4 at a time method where you sew on the straight of grain and end up with bias edges).

Math: I started with 5 squares and my HSTs were each slightly over 2 (They will ultimately finish at 1.5 in the quilt). You will lose about 1 with this method. So if you want HSTs to ultimately be 4 finished in the quilt, they would be 4.5 unfinished. You would want to start with 4.5 x 2 + 1 = 10 square. If you want 6.5 finished, 7 unfinished, you would start with 7 x 2 + 1 = 15 square.

Let me know if you have questions

Put 2 squares right side together. Draw 2 diagonal lines on one

Sew 1/4 on either side of each line (4 seams)

Using the center as a guide, cut a horizontal and vertical line

These look familiar!

A tad over 2. Trim to size
• 07-28-2011, 10:07 PM
kristen0112
Thanks! That's a great way to do them
• 07-28-2011, 10:31 PM
Celeste
Thank you!!!
• 07-28-2011, 10:33 PM
fluffynan
Thanks for this. Should save me lots of time as I tend to do them one at a time. The maths makes it very adaptable so thanks again.
Sue
• 07-28-2011, 11:28 PM
saf
thank you so much for this. Very clear and I will definitely try this method. As a newbie I really appreciate the math.
• 07-28-2011, 11:39 PM
patchworklane
thank you !!! this is really awesome..I must give it a try!!
• 07-29-2011, 02:01 AM
Painiacs
Good for you!!
• 07-29-2011, 02:14 AM
SueDor
Looks easy enough!
• 07-29-2011, 02:57 AM
alikat110
Thanks. Very useful
• 07-29-2011, 02:58 AM
theresa.redington
Thanks for the very useful info. :-)
• 07-29-2011, 03:25 AM
MegsAnn
nice 'n easy

thanks!
• 07-29-2011, 03:29 AM
MaryAnnMc
Oh, yikes, ANOTHER way to do HST!! This one seems to be a combination of all the other methods I've seen. Gotta give this one a try! TFS.
• 07-29-2011, 03:33 AM
pamesue
ok, I will try this method too! I do not like making HST
• 07-29-2011, 04:04 AM
SuziC
Quote:

Originally Posted by kristen0112
Thanks! That's a great way to do them

DITTO I bookmarked this!!!
• 07-29-2011, 04:16 AM
QuiltnNan
thanks for the great tut and the math is so clear!
• 07-29-2011, 04:26 AM
QuiltingGrannie
Wow, that makes them so easy. I like making them, but to be able to make them faster ---- and I'm about to start a quilt using all HST's! Great timing.
• 07-29-2011, 04:27 AM
Omaquilts
My husband is sitting here wondering why I am wahooing about triangles made into squares....sigh....if he only knew! Thanks for the info, I will definitely give it a try!
• 07-29-2011, 04:47 AM
Maurene
What a time saver
• 07-29-2011, 04:55 AM
Tartan
Looks handy dandy! I will have to give it a try. Thanks!
• 07-29-2011, 05:21 AM
skillon
I like this one, thank you.
• 07-29-2011, 05:23 AM
goofygirl2u
Thanks! Great tute! Esp the math part. :)
• 07-29-2011, 05:30 AM
dls
I've used this method and have a chart for sizes from 1/2 inch finished triangle to 6 inch triangles. How ever I like the idea of a formula so am going to write it on the bottm of my measurment sheet.
• 07-29-2011, 05:41 AM
Gatormom3
Great tutorial with very clear pictures for each step! Many thanks for sharing :-) :-)
• 07-29-2011, 05:42 AM
Gatormom3
Great tutorial with very clear pictures for each step! Many thanks for sharing :-) :-)
• 07-29-2011, 05:42 AM