Half-Square Triangles Make Beautiful Easy Quilts! – Fons & Porter

Spring time is in the air! It’s a great time to get energized in our quilting with new and easy designs found in spring quilts and summer quilts. Even with easy quilt patterns, knowing about certain techniques is a must. Half-square triangles have been known to contribute to some easy quilting projects and who doesn’t love quilting made easy? Making half-square triangles, also known as triangle-squares, is a technique that every quilter needs to know about and will most likely use on a regular basis. We’re sharing our technique of cutting 8-at-a-time triangle-squares with you to make this process even easier! Before we get to that, however, let’s take a look at some quilts that feature triangle-squares.

Contemporary Quilt Patterns

Bali Chic, featured in Easy Quilts Summer 2016, is a contemporary quilt pattern that makes a gorgeous throw-size quilt. Guess what this quilt top, apart from the border, is made from? You’ve guessed it – it’s made entirely of triangle-squares! Once you have your pieces ready to go, they’re joined into rows, an you don’t have to worry about assembling quilt blocks. Pretty simple!

Holiday Stars Quilt
Bed-Size Quilt Patterns

Holiday Stars, featured in Easy Quilts Summer 2016, is made of Star quilt blocks and Pinwheel quilt blocks which combine to make this full, bed-size quilt. You can find triangle-squares in the Pinwheel quilt blocks, a very important part of this quilt! And, this quilt is classified as easy, so it’s a great quilt to prepare for 4th of July (red, white and blue?) or Christmas. A neutral color palette will have this quilt looking lovely in your house all year long.

Dutch Dash Quilt
Churn Dash Quilt Block Quilt

Dutch Dash, featured in Easy Quilts Summer 2016, uses triangle-squares to create interlocking Churn Dash units – each quilt block connects with the ones surrounding it. You can see a secondary design of crosses and squares pops out when these Churn Dash units are joined, creating extra interest! It’s a great throw quilt pattern that is fun and easy to make, and to use and display in your home.

Quilting Video Tutorial: Sew Easy 8-at-a-TimeIt’s time to take a look at creating half-square triangles in a way that will cut down on time spent preparing to assemble your quilt! Our quilting video tutorial, Sew Easy: 8-at-a-Time Triangle-Squares shows you how to make multiple half-square triangles quickly and accurately. Use the quarter inch seam marker to make it go even faster. If you’re looking for another quilting video tutorial on a particular technique, check out our Sew Easy lessons to find it there.

Quilting Basics- Half-Square Triangle Blocks, Pillows & Quilts

There’s a lot of information on making HSTs available to you in the quilting world, but you want to make sure you’re getting the latest and greatest techniques that are accurate and taught by experts! Learn a variety of techniques for making half-square triangles to make quiltmaking easy. HSTs are versatile and allow quilters to explore more creative avenues when piecing. Quilting Basics: Half-Square Triangle Blocks, Pillows & Quilts, with Liz and Elizabeth Evans, shows you all of this and more, including tips on how to bind a quilt, proper pressing techniques and making pillows!

Take advantage of tips and tricks to make the easiest quilts ever! It’s definitely worth it when you use a technique repeatedly throughout your quilts.

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Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter

Happy Quilting!
Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor

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