Wednesday, April 18, 2012

HSTs

There's a party going on at Canoe Ridge Creations and it's all about HST - Half Square Triangles.  What is a half square triangle?  Well it's a right triangle that's made by cutting a square in half.


I've recently completed a couple of quilts using half square triangles in two very different ways.  The first was made using two charm packs of Tweet Tweet by Keiki.  I was inspired by this quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons.  It's simple really.


Each 5 inch square from the charm pack is cut in half diagonally. Then, a 1 inch strip of solid color is sewn along the long diagonal.  Next, sew another half square opposite the first.  Square up the little block using your rotary cutter and ruler, repeat and you're well on your way to a pretty fancy looking quilt.

You can play around with the design, but I love how the diamond pattern came out with such a simple little trick.  Faith used a fat quarter stack in her quilt, but by starting with the charm pack, half of the work was already done for me.


Here is the finished product in another photo taken pre-Cheeze Man.
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