Today I’m going to show you another way to make 8 half square triangles (HST) at once and I will show you some of the blocks you can make using this tutorial.
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HST quilt sampler block tutorials:
HST quilt sampler: Block 1
HST quilt sampler: Block 2
Starting squares size: 7 inch square (2 squares for each block or more if several fabrics are used).
Block size: 10 1/2 inch square.
Block type: 16-patch block.
Trimming half square triangles: Essential. Remember to trim off your HSTs and make sure that they are 3 inch square.
Fabric needs: I will give you the fabric needs for each block. All blocks use four 7 inch squares in different colours and combinations. More details on each tutorial. This quilt is fat quarter friendly.
Colour scheme: For better results, use high contrasting fabrics.
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I didn’t find this block particularly challenging, maybe because of my experience with foundation paper piecing (check out my video tutorial on foundation paper piecing).
I have used Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation patterns for almost all blocks so far. They are very easy to use and free. Thank you Susan!
The hardest part about this block was cutting the pieces in a diamond shape large enough to cover the area and a bit more and then placing the diamonds correctly before stitching together.
No more tips on this one.
Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns
Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.
How to do foundation paper piecing
Dear Jane progress
See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.
This video tutorial makes 2 pieces like the one above. The full block is made with 4 pieces.
The math for this block isn’t 100% correct. What I mean by that is that you may find that if you cut your strips at 2 1/2 inch intervals, the last strip will be less than 2 1/2 inches.You can see that on my video. That’s because the half square triangle is 9 1/2 inches square not 10.
That doesn’t affect the end result. Just sew the narrower strip with a scant 1/8 inch seam allowance to compensate a bit. That’s what I did, though I’m not sure it was necessary.
How to make this block
For each 4 piece patchwork block, you need:
- two 10 inch squares in red
- two 10 inch squares in light grey
- four 2 1/2 inch x 9 1/2 inch strips of red fabric
With this block there are variety of quilt designs you can make:
Buzz saw quilt
Alternative arrangements for this patchwork block
An unusual placement of this block makes this quilt:
In two colours
Two colour buzz saw quilt layout