I’ve had a half square triangle (HST) project brewing for a few months now. Last week I scaled it down to a table runner rather than a full size quilt (I was in desperate need of an achievable FINISH!). I sat with pencil and trusty book of squared paper (a leftover from #3 child’s primary school days) and came up with a simple design which would require just three fabrics.
I am so intrigued by the versatility of this simple patchwork block. So many blocks and patterns can be made from just sewing two triangles together! I’ve gathered together some of the examples I’ve found on this Pinterest board. I also took photos of quilts comprised of HSTs being exhibited at last week’s Quilt’s UK, Malvern. Unfortunately I can’t ‘publish’ them here as the show guide is very explicit, saying photos ‘are not to be posted on any website unless prior permission has been granted by the organisers’ 🙁 All I can say is, the quilts on show were very inspiring!
Other inspiration for my little HST project has come from blog posts including one from Katy of her beautifully zingy quilt named ‘Fiest’a. She has entered this in the Bloggers Quilt Festival and wrote about it in a recent post but first showed photos of it earlier in this year.
So, I was all set to explain the method I use to make HSTs when up popped Alyce’s post earlier this week showing her lovely block featuring lots of HSTs and including a clear explanation of how to make them – so rather than repeat her good work, I direct you to Alyce’s blog for an explanation…! A square ruler with a 45° line across the centre is a really useful piece of equipment for squaring up the HST blocks – I wouldn’t be without my 6½” ruler!
Funnily enough HST projects have sprung up all over the internet! Maybe it’s because they are on my mind but just about every blog post I’ve read this past fortnight seems to have featured triangles! Here are some more links:
Here is my FINISHed project:
Are you seeing triangles everywhere too?