I have a really easy tutorial for you. If you’ve seen any of my quilts made from triangles, this is THE easiest method (in my opinion) on making half square triangles. It’s so nice to not have to cut out squares in half, then line up a bunch of triangles, then overlap the points so they stay pointed, etc. This is a huge time saver! I used this method in THIS quilt, THIS quilt, THIS quilt, and THIS quilt and will soon have another one completed. SO much easier than the way I made THIS quilt. That one took forever because I cut out every triangle and sewed them together. This saves you so much time. Convinced yet?
Alright, depending on how large you want your final squares, you can change the size of the starting two squares. These will make eight triangles total, but will be already sewn together to make four 6.5″ finished squares. I’ve always used 10″ squares. I’d like to make a quilt next with larger squares, maybe around 14″.
*Please note that this method of HST’s means the edges of the squares are all on the bias now. Do not stretch the fabric while handling!* This method is perfect when you are making a quilt made entirely out of HST that has no specifics for sizing.
So, start with two 10″ squares. Any color, just realize they will be sewn together so one side of a finished square is one fabric, and the other side of the square is the other.
Place right sides together.
Sew around EACH side of the squares, with a 1/4″ seam allowance. I set my stitch length to 2 on a quilt.
Do not worry about backstitching or anything. Just sew all four sides. It will be completely sewn all around, no openings at all.
Here’s a very non-fancy non bells and whistles video of me sewing those squares together. Real exciting stuff. Maybe someday I’ll take some time and do some video editing. I think it could be pretty fun actually. But for now you are stuck with this:
Now you’ll take a ruler and line it up diagonal corner to corner. Cut from corner to corner with rotary blade.
Now repeat with the other two corners.
So you end up with this.
Open them up, and iron, pressing the seam to the dark side.
Clip the corner/points (dog ears) so they are square. You can square them up if you want to but shhh…. I never do.
And you are done! See how fast that is!? Love this method. Now make a few more and you can make all sorts of fun quilts with the squares you’ve made!