16 Half Square Triangles (HST) sampler quilt – free pattern

Half Square Triangles sampler quilt

  • Skill level: beginner.
  • Block size: 10 1/2 inch square.
  • Block type: 16-patch block.
  • Quilt size: 48 1/2 inch square.
  • Quilting technique: Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG).
  • Binding: machine binding with faux piping

How to make this quilt

How to make the Half Square Triangles (HST)

Watch the 2 minute video tutorial on making 8 HSTs at once:

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Some notes on making the blocks

Fabric needs

Each pair of 7 inch squares makes 8 HST.

You will need at least four 7 inch squares for each block or more for blocks in 3 or 4 different fabrics. The left over HSTs will be used in the sashing.

I give you the fabric needs for each block tutorial below.

Trimming half square triangles: Essential. Remember to trim off your HSTs  and make sure that they are 3 inch square.

This quilt is fat quarter friendly.

Colour scheme: For better results, use high contrasting fabrics.

HST quilt sampler block tutorials:

Block 1: 16 HST quilt sampler - beginner quilt

HST quilt sampler: Block 1

Block 2: 16 HST quilt sampler - beginner quilt

HST quilt sampler: Block 2

Block 3: 16 HST quilt sampler - beginner quilt

HST quilt sampler: Block 3

Block 4: 16 HST quilt sampler

HST quilt sampler: Block 4

Block 5: 16 HST quilt sampler

HST quilt sampler: Block 5

Block 6: 16 HST quilt sampler - video tutorial

HST quilt sampler: Block  6

Block 7: 16 HST quilt sampler

HST quilt sampler: Block 7

Block 8: 16 HST quilt sampler

HST quilt sampler: Block  8

Block 9: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

HST quilt sampler: Block  9

Block 10: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

HST quilt sampler: Block  10

Block 11: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

HST quilt sampler: Block 11

Block 12: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

HST quilt sampler: Block 12

Block 13: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

HST quilt sampler: Block 13

Block 14: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

HST quilt sampler: Block 14

Block 15: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

HST quilt sampler: Block 15

Block 16: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

HST quilt sampler: Block 16

Free motion quilting

Once you make the 16 blocks, it’s time to quilt them individually before you put them together with quilt as you go.

Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) with 2 inch sashing tutorial

Learn to how to quilt as you go with sashing in just over 3 minutes:

Sashing mini hourglass blocks

The long sashing strip for the back has hourglass little blocks in the intersections.

I used the left over HSTs from the blocks to make an hourglass block.

To make the hourglass block, take 2 HSTs.

Quilt as you go, sashing of the quilt back

Place both HST with right sides facing together as shown below:

Quilt as you go, sashing of the quilt back

Draw a diagonal line.

Quilt as you go, sashing of the quilt back

Sew together on  each side of the diagonal line, at 1/4 inch from the line, as shown below:

Quilt as you go, sashing of the quilt back

Cut along the line.

Quilt as you go, sashing of the quilt back

Trim the resulting block to 2 1/2 inch square.

Quilt as you go, sashing of the quilt back

Back of the quilt

Back of the 16 HST quilt sampler quilt

Fabric requirements

  • Four 10 1/2 inch squares in white for the corner squares
  • Four 10 1/2 inch squares in reds for the centre squares
  • Four 10 3/4 inch squares in white for the star points
  • Four 10 3/4 inch squares in red for the star points

Star points

I made the star points using two 10 3/4 inch squares in white and red placed with right sides together and sewn in the diagonal.

Machine binding with faux piping tutorial

Learn to make the machine binding with faux piping in 2 minutes:

Look how pretty the binding is.

Quilt binding with faux piping

On the photo below, the top is the front and the bottom is the back.

Making the binding this way is so fast… I don’t think I can go back to hand sewing the binding after this.

Machine quilt binding with faux piping tutorial

Are you  making this quilt? Feel free to post pictures on my 16 HST quilt sampler Flickr group. Or post on Instagram with tag #16hstquiltsampler

Half Square Triangles sampler quilt

7 thoughts on “16 Half Square Triangles (HST) sampler quilt – free pattern”

  1. I have really enjoyed your videos and this quilt will be great, thanks for all your tips they have really opened my eyes to new ways to make squares. Please keep making your tutorials.

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  2. Hi Teresa – I am a big fan, as you may know. Love the back you did for this. I have made a couple of the block patterns, am now thinking of doing the sampler. When I click on each picture below, nothing happens, but I know I can get everything I need individually on YouTube, where I subscribed to your site long ago. My question is: “Fat Qtr. Friendly”. A Fat Qtr. of 5 or 6 colors would make the whole sampler? Using two or three fabrics in each block as a general rule. I have a wonderful fat quarter of materials that I want to use, probably with white solid —- just want to be sure I have enough. I can always add a couple more if necessary, but these particular ones are my favorites!! Just thought I would go to the expert for some good advice. My other thought was to use a layer cake and cut into 7 inch squares with the white. Using the left overs for binding perhaps? What do you think? Thanks again for all your wonderful tutorials Dottie Cate

    Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:00:29 +0000 To: dottiecate@msn.com

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  3. Hi Cate. I made this quilt without a lot of fabric planning. I would say you’d be ok with 5 fat quarters of the print fabric. You need 2 squares of print fabric per

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  4. You should have enough with your favourite 5 or 6 fat quarters but plan to have a few more. You need 32 x 7 inch squares of print fabric. Plus 32 squares in the background colour. Looking forward to seeing what you make.

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