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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Half Square Triangles

Did what I said earlier and experimented with all the different ways I could find to make HST.
Tried 7 different ways, some I have done before and the rest I haven't until now. 
All worked out, made what I needed. As long as sewn a very close 1/4" I had no problems but we all know that doesn't always happen.
I'll share a brief directions of what worked with each option I tried.
I'll give links for where I found the directions that I used.
That way this doesn't have to be pages long.

First option was having two triangles to sew together. I have found that if they are slightly larger than suggested, I can trim down and the same goes with

Option 2. Taking a 2 squares sewn together. Most instruction say to add 7/8" to the finish size to make the squares but I like to do an inch. That way I can again trim down if need to.

Option 3 was making 4 at a time. Found a video by Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt. on YouTube. This was taking again 2 squares but this time sew a 1/4 around the outer edge and then cut into 4 sections. This worked out just fine. 

Option 4 was the "8 at a time" and again watch a video on YouTube but this time was on Fons and Porter . This one again used 2 squares. To find what size you need they tell you but since I need 2" finished this is what I used. Finish size x 2 plus 1 3/4" so my squares were 2 + 2 + 1 3/4 = 5 3/4  Then marked and sewn.  
  This method never done before and worked out also just fine.

Option 5 was done with 2 strips that were sewn on each edge. Then cut half a triangle from the strips. Since I need 2" HST I was able to use 2 1/2 strips. Here at the sewing loft blog  is where I found the direction. She also had good graphics for a some others above.
This one I never had tried before too and worked out very well. Made quite a few with this option.

Option 6 was one I haven't done but been wanting too. This was using strip sets and cutting at a 45 degree. Here is the link to the YouTube video I used. I was looking forward to trying because I can get a lot made at one time. 

I learned that with this method 1/4 seam accuracy is vital. If not they will be slightly small. Starching before sewing was important and double checking the angle too. It worked but you need to be aware the outer edge is bias. 

Option 7 is a PDF  at Quilting and What Not you can print out if you like to use paper. 

I did it but tearing paper off is not my thing. Thangles, triangles on a roll etc are all the same technique. 

When all was done I have 81 HST.
Good start for this month's RSC baby quilt.
The only bad thing I found out today was I was wrong about tonight being the season finale for Outlander. Did enjoy binge watching all of the season 2 episodes shown so far.

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  1. I don't have the station that Outlander is on so waiting for the second season to start on amazon prime membership which I have - then it is free and I don't have to pay for Starz - so one more week and it is done?

    1. Yes one more week. Smart thinking on seeing it for free.

  2. interesting post. thank you. i am curious as to what method you have decided works the best for you....

    1. I think I'll use the 8 at once. I want the straight grain on the edge on the outside. Seeing that its a big quilt with all those triangle being the borders. I feel it would hold up better

  3. Thanks for sharing all of those methods for making HSTs! They each have their uses based on the number of units one would like from a particular fabric combination.

  4. Thanks so much for this comprehensive HST post. I'm doing them this year for Modern HST Sampler at Blossom Heart Quilts. I like the eights best to get a lot and to avoid bias edges. I'm still confused about figuring block sizes, so you were helpful there also. The four is easy but I noted some bias looseness in one block. You've been a big help.

  5. I used to always use Method 4. But for reasons I can't explain, I now prefer using the Easy Angle ruler although I'm sure its slower.

  6. Method 2 is my preferred method and I always cut just a bit bigger so I can trim to size. It takes longer, but my HSTs are always accurate that way. Thanks for sharing all the methods.


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