I'm back this week with the second installment of my Half Square Triangle Quilt Block Tutorial series. This week I am sharing a tutorial on how you can make 4 Half Square Triangles at a time! Such a time saver, for sure. I love that you can make so many at once with this method, but can still use lots of different prints. I love how Half Square Triangles can be used to show bold prints and vibrant solid colors.
I have so many different color combinations in my mind that I want to try, each one evoking a different feeling and mood. I really am obsessed with solids right now, they are so chic and modern and can be used to make a quilt that almost anybody will like (yes, I am talking about my husband - ha!)
This is the second installment of the Half Square Triangle Series. You can see the rest of the Half Square Triangle Series below:
- Method I - Simple Half Square Triangle Tutorial
- Method II - HST Tutorial 4 at a Time
- Method III - The Magic 8 Method - Make 8 HST at Once
HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL:
HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES 4 AT A TIME
1. To make HST place two equal size squares of fabric Right Sides Together (RST). It is much easier with this method, to make the squares 1/2in to 1 inch bigger than you would like the resulting square to be. Then straight stitch all the way around the edge of the square using 1/4in seam.
2. Mark a diagonal line across both diagonals on the wrong side of the top fabric square. Using your rotary blade, cut the square in quarters following the drawn diagonal lines.
3. You will now have 4 Half Square Triangle Blocks.
4. Open the blocks outward and either lightly finger press or use your iron to lightly press. Be very careful to only press up and down, NOT back and forth. These triangles are cut on the bias and will stretch very easily leading to uneven shaped blocks and distorted squares. Handle these blocks as little as possible. I find that starching the fabric heavily before sewing helps quite a bit.
5. You will now have 4 Half Square Triangles made from just one block.
4. Your seam should be pressed (both layers) toward the darker color.
6. Place a ruler over the block keeping the 45 degree diagonal line over the diagonal seam. Trim each side of your square to the desired size.
7. You now have finished half square triangle blocks ready to assemble in a quilt top.