I wish I had my first half square triangle quilt to show you. What a disaster! It was one of those chevron quilts, you remember when they were popular, don’t you? If not, there was a day when chevron was the thing. I was very new to quilting. I cut a whole bunch of squares, I cut the squares in half and then sewed the two halves together (insert face palm). But if I’m being honest even after I realized you could make two at a time and not cut the squares in a half I still STRUGGLED HARD.
They were wonky. They were janky. I hadn’t learned my “ritual” yet.
I bought the above ruler on a whim. It came with instructions! Then I kept doing it and doing in and doing it and finally I can say that I have no issues with my HSTs. They are my perfect little babies now. If there is a mistake in my quilt block, if it doesn’t measure up correctly, if something is a bit off, you can bet your fannie it isn’t because of my HSTs!
Let me just get this out of the way and tell you that obviously my method is NOT the only method. There are lots of lovely methods and you should find the one that you like the best.
Anytime you cut a fabric into a triangle, you’ve made it stretchy, you’ve made it vulnerable. Vulnerable to ALL THE THINGS! I like to call them the precious little babies, because that’s how you are going to have to treat them if you want them to act right and stay in place and stay not-janky.
Here’s a list of things NOT to do:
Don’t stretch them.
Don’t iron them, press instead. PRESS.
Don’t tug at them.
And for goodness sake, use your starch. It is your bestest friend when making patchwork.
So as you can see, I’ve got some hard rules set here. LOL. I can be quite the school marm about my HSTs. This is serious business! In my opinion, taking the time and getting this right will save me so many headaches as my quilt progresses. HSTs are in SO MANY QUILT PATTERNS. They can be quite the little you-know-what! For that reason, I don’t get ahead of myself, I don’t rush and cut corners. I do the ritual step by step and that’s that. You can try to save yourself some time by doing the steps in batches and by chain piecing, but don’t skip on the ritual.
I hope you found this post and video tutorial helpful. I do love a good HST, don’t you? You can find the Quilt in a Day Half Square Triangle ruler available here for sale. If you are joining in during the Little Miss Sawtooth quilt along, you’ll see me use this HST method over and over again in my video tutorials. There’s a lot of HSTs in that quilt! But you’ll also see me use this same ruler in a whole different way of making HST, but instead of squares, it will be with strips. Later this year, I’m also sharing a quilt pattern that has another way of making them using the very same ruler. I can’t wait to show you.
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