# quick way to create half square triangles

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• 11-05-2010, 01:10 AM
nellie
thank you for this tip oma66
• 11-05-2010, 02:25 AM
Jeanniejo
Thanks for the great idea! I have been quilting for about 7 years now and have never seen this way to make HST's.
• 11-05-2010, 03:29 AM
calicocat
I used this method to make 100 hst for a quilt I just finished. Took me about a hour. Yipee I just told someone else about this yesterday. Thanks for posting
• 11-05-2010, 03:52 AM
grann of 6
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Originally Posted by Qbee
OK...why have I never seen this before?? That is TOO COOL!

I just saw this tute on the Missouri Quilting Site, I think it was. I am just a little apprehensive about all the bias on the outside. Quick work in the beginning may make for more work in the end. Time taken to starch, etc. and keeping all those seams from stretching. Still have to try it.
• 11-05-2010, 03:54 AM
mamoo
From newbie inOK
thank you so much for the tip on the triangles. I have not had any classes, and no family or friends to help me learn how to quilt. I get all of my help and ideas here. :thumbup:
• 11-05-2010, 03:59 AM
Mkotch
This is fabulous! Thanks! I'm going to give it a whirl with smaller squares to see what size they turn into.
• 11-05-2010, 04:04 AM
Linda58
This is Wa-a-a-a-a-ay cool!!
Thank you for sharing.
• 11-05-2010, 04:15 AM
jan22
Here's the chart we were given, but I have not tested any of them to see if the final is with or without the 1/4" seam.
2" sq = 1 " HST
2.5 = 1.5
3.5=2
4=2.5
5=3.5
6=4
7=4.5
8=5
8.5=5.5
9=6
10=7
• 11-05-2010, 04:20 AM
llong0233
Beautiful Arizona! I'm one step BEHIND you. I have been quilting for 4 years and still have trouble squaring up the fabric. It's the bane of my quilting existence. Do you have any great tips like this one for squaring up?
• 11-05-2010, 04:22 AM
dasmith2
That is just so smart! Thanks :-)
• 11-05-2010, 05:02 AM
quiltmom04
I was just doing this last evening! I cut the scraps from a quilt into 5 inch blocks and this method makes a 6" pinwheel block. Eventually you get a great scrap quilt!
• 11-05-2010, 05:28 AM
sandpat
Oh wow, thanks! Hadn't thought of doing it this way. I'll definetily give it a try! Thanks too for the size chart on the blocks Jan.
• 11-05-2010, 05:30 AM
MNM
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Originally Posted by bearisgray
One could cut the squares "on the diagonal" or "on point" and then sew them - then when cut, they would have "straight" edges

Thanks for adding this tip. I have seen it here before and the on point cuts make it much easier to work with and no bias. If you are a newbie bias can cause you a lot of problems. MNM
• 11-05-2010, 05:32 AM
mimee4
How ingenious!!!!!! When I saw the first photo with the stitching all around, I thought "Someone made a mistake". But the next photos showed me how right you are. A great way to make this block. Thank you.
• 11-05-2010, 06:20 AM
Abby'smom
Thank you -- just what I need for making a border for a design- as-I-go quilt built around a 5 block disappearing 9patch --that is, after I finish my Christmas project
• 11-05-2010, 06:23 AM
peppermint31
Quote:

Originally Posted by jan22
Here's the chart we were given, but I have not tested any of them to see if the final is with or without the 1/4" seam.
2" sq = 1 " HST
2.5 = 1.5
3.5=2
4=2.5
5=3.5
6=4
7=4.5
8=5
8.5=5.5
9=6
10=7

I believe the size you get is unfinished as I started using this method. Then I don't have to square them up if I am careful how I sew.
• 11-05-2010, 06:34 AM
Lukayna
Are you serious?! I think that is the coolest thing I've seen/learned about quilting...ever! Brillant - thanks for sharing!
• 11-05-2010, 06:38 AM
ReeneeD
Should I starch before cutting or before I sew the two together. Looks like a great way to make a lot of them.
• 11-05-2010, 06:49 AM
bearisgray
Quote:

Originally Posted by ReeneeD
Should I starch before cutting or before I sew the two together. Looks like a great way to make a lot of them.

I accidentally pressed "send" -
• 11-05-2010, 06:53 AM
kriscraft99
oh this is a great tip! thank you so much for the pictures :)
• 11-05-2010, 06:53 AM
jan22
I love Best Press instead of starch. It doesn't leave a residue on my fabric, gives it just enough body to hold and the best part is it smells good and no mess on my flat iron. The quilt in my avatar has lots of quarter square trianges around the outside and none of them stretched thanks so Best Press.
• 11-05-2010, 07:00 AM
patdesign
Quote:

Originally Posted by jan22
I love Best Press instead of starch. It doesn't leave a residue on my fabric, gives it just enough body to hold and the best part is it smells good and no mess on my flat iron. The quilt in my avatar has lots of quarter square trianges around the outside and none of them stretched thanks so Best Press.

Where do you find Best Press? Thanx
• 11-05-2010, 07:08 AM
jan22
Most fabric shops carry it. I think Joann's might too. It's called Mary Ellen's Best Press. Do a search on Google, you'll see it. Then you'll know what your looking for at the shop.
• 11-05-2010, 07:19 AM