How many ways can you make a half-square triangle? Quilters have dreamed up loads of techniques for stitching this humble little unit. Some methods focus on simplicity, while others focus on accuracy. But it’s no wonder that there are so many homages to this simple building block: it’s the workhorse behind oodles of patterns.
There’s one important step in making half-square triangles that’s essential to success: squaring up your units. Skip this step and you may find yourself with a maddening mass of mismatched points! Here’s a simple way to quickly get the job done.
Try a variety of half-square triangle techniques by making quilts from the books below.
Evelyn Sloppy’s favorite method: layered squares
Start with two oversized squares to produce two half-square triangles at a time—a real timesaver.
See this quilt + 39 more in 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts.
Ilene Bartos’ favorite method: sew and flip
Ilene features no less than NINE ways to make half-square triangles in her book Maple Leaf Quilts. The benefit of using the sew-and-flip technique? You can eliminate cutting and sewing triangles altogether.
See this quilt + 11 more in Maple Leaf Quilts.
Country Threads’ favorite method: tried-and-true traditional
The original half-square triangle technique goes waaay back, and it’s what Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, the design duo known as Country Threads, rely on in their bestseller Quilts from Aunt Amy. The technique is a favorite of scrap quilters because it’s an easy way to use up small pieces.
See this quilt + 19 more in Quilts from Aunt Amy.
What’s your favorite way to make half-square triangles? Share what works for you in the comments!