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Two Methods for How to Make Half Rectangle Triangles


I’ve been working on a gazillion half rectangle triangles today. I have a new sampler quilt pattern coming and we are still on the trail of those pesky little HRTs. I happen to LOVE them, but if you are new to them, I know they can seem a little tedious.

The pic above is a block from my Bad Girl Quilt a couple of years ago.

Let’s jump in!




About Half Rectangle Triangles

Though similar to half square triangles, you have to jump a few hoops to get them to work out similarly. I think they have a way of making any old fashion block a bit more modern. I think that’s why I love them so much. Plus, diamonds! Remember this quilt….

Because of the Bad Girl quilt and it’s many half rectangle triangles, I ended up designing a ruler specifically and only for HRTs. I needed a way to make them easier for me. You can find that ruler here. My ruler is on the low end when it comes to prices which I was very happy about, but still, I remember being a quilter on a tighter budget in the beginning, so today I’m showing you two of my tutorials: one with the ruler and one without the ruler.


Moon Goddess Quilt




Method 1

Let’s start with the easier of the two….using the ruler. There’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to making HRTs, but once you finally wrap your head around them (took me a looonnnggg minute), the ruler will make more sense.

Find a video tutorial for how to make HRTs with the ruler here.



Method 2

This method is actually pretty clever and though I did have the idea to use a paper template for making them when I first wrote the Bad Girl quilt pattern, it was one of the members of my quilt along who showed me how to make that paper template even easier. I can still remember her telling me about it and me thinking, “whoa, you’re a genius!”

Find a video tutorial for how to make HRTs without the ruler here.




Well, that will do it for today. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about the ruler, so don’t hesitate to ask.




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