There are only a handful of tutorials online for the half rectangle triangle, and I tried several. Some were fussy, some were not consistent enough, and some were definitely just too slow.
Here’s what I learned:
- Everything is some kind of fussy when quilt making.
- If you don’t see a way that you like, find your own.
- Ain’t nobody around here about to mess with bias triangles.
Today I’m going to show you my method of making HRTs. It’s not crazy fast, but it does make 2-at-a-time and it is full proof.
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To say how much I despise bias triangles would be an understatement. I don’t use them. If I’m making a quilt that has them, I do something else. I don’t like them! The only time I’ll even think of embracing them is when I need to put a block on point. That it is the ONLY time and only then because there is no way around it.
But if you are asking me to make fifty to sixty half rectangle triangles and you are telling me that the whole time I’ve got to work with bias triangles, I’d say, “Not happening. I’m not making that quilt.”
I want to be able to make the half rectangle triangles exactly the way I make half square triangles. This can’t be done entirely this way, but I want to work with rectangles and I want them two at a time.
Even when you’ve figured out how to do that, you’ve got this whole issue of trimming them down to size. Yes, you can do this with a ruler, but it’s not consistent enough and truthfully, it hurts my brain. I’ve already put all this work into these little devil shapes and I want my devil shapes to be perfect having done so. Enter my copy paper method. Yes, it’s annoying in the beginning until you resign yourself to it, but it’s better than having all wonky shaped star points, some correct, others a mess, and you are shaking your head at yourself later and throwing your hands in the air.
I know this. Half my blocks on my first Bad Girl quilt were done with a ruler, the second half is all copy paper method. I know which are better!
Don’t get discouraged. These little devil blocks are worth it……
It doesn’t matter what size you want your half rectangle triangles to be, this method will work no matter. Simply adjust your starting rectangles and cut your copy paper down to the size you want your finished HRT to be, and then use the copy paper as a template.
I’ve created this video to help you make HRTs in the Bad Girl quilt. If you use this video in conjunction with the pattern, you should be all set! They end up getting used as beautiful star points, strikingly different than what you can get from squares.
I’d never made HRTs before the Bad Girl quilt, but there are more patterns to come with these little devils. I LOVE them!