Half square triangles are basic quilt blocks to use alone or combined with other quilt blocks to make complex designs. They are used in modern quilting, contemporary quilting and traditional quilting. Here are 7 ways to make half square triangles.
Which are your favorite methods?
Half square triangles make for great leaders and enders when you are quilting. Cut some squares from your stash and when you start piecing, use one for your leader and another from your ender. Then in no time you’ll have a pile of scrappy half square triangles!
No Waste Half Square Triangles
My preferred methods to make half square triangles are half square triangles from a strip using the first method above. I also like to make HST two at a time from squares or eight at a time from larger squares. With these three methods, you can make HSTs any size and you only need to trim up your final block. There is no waste of trimming off a lot of fabrics or having stretchy bias edges on your HST block.
What are some popular quilt blocks that use half square triangles?
Half square triangles are a very popular component in many quilt blocks and quilt patterns. Here some great blocks to make or use up a stash of half square triangles.
Monkey Wrench Quilt Block uses half square triangles and strip set rectangles.
The cross roads quilt block uses half square triangles and strip sets, too. See how different the same components can look?
The maple leaf quilt block uses half square triangles, solid squares and one split block for the leaf steam.
The swamp angel quilt block uses half square triangles, quarter square triangles and a center square unit.
The card trick quilt block is a traditional block that uses half square triangles, split quarter square triangles and a center quarter square triangle unit.