Sew half-square triangles from strips? Learn how (video + fabric giveaway!)

Framed quilt from A Cut AboveSome of the most beautiful quilts on earth are chock-full of what can be a most tedious pieced unit: the half-square triangle. Popular designer Gerri Robinson is captivated by those little light-and-dark units, and she features them front and center in many of the quilts in her book, A Cut Above—but she doesn’t bat an eye at making them. So, how does she get a lot of half-square triangles sewn in a little bit of time?

A Cut Above is filled with quilt patterns for precuts, and Gerri needed a way to make quick half-square triangles that suited the cuts of fabric she uses—like Jelly Rolls. She says, “The use of special rulers and tools really expands your options.” (If you’re a quilter who goes gaga over gadgets, you know she’s right!) When she found a little tool called the Easy Angle Ruler, she knew she had found a lifelong quilting friend.

In the video below, Gerri demonstrates how pairing Jelly Roll strips with the ruler shortens her time spent making half-square triangles—and allows her to easily chain piece a whole mess of ’em at a time.


Watch the “How to Make Half-Square Triangles” video on YouTube

Call or visit your local quilt shop to learn more about the Easy Angle Ruler.

Now that you’ve seen how Gerri makes Jelly Roll-friendly half-square triangles, take a peek at how she uses them and other units to make her incredible quilts—all from precuts! Here’s a look at the projects from A Cut Above, categorized by the precuts you’ll use.

2½" and 5″ Charm Square Quilt Patterns

Charm square quilt patterns
From left: “Trail of Stars,” “Autumn’s Glow,” and “Wild Rose”

10″ Layer Cake Quilt Patterns

Layer Cake quilt patterns from A Cut Above
“Galaxy” and “Dancing among the Stars”


Make the “Friendship” quilt on the left; then use your leftover fabrics to make “Do-Si-Do” on the right.

2½" Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns

Jelly Roll quilt patterns from A Cut Above
Use one Jelly Roll to make “Buttoned Up” on the left; use leftover fabrics to make the “Buttoned Up Pillow” on the right.

Jelly Roll quilt patterns from A Cut Above
Use one Jelly Roll to make “Carefree” on the left; use leftovers to make the “Buttoned Up Boxed Cushion” on the right.

18″ x 22″ Fat Quarters

Fat quarter quilt patterns from A Cut Above
“Rugby Stars” and “Moonlight”

Fat quarter quilt patterns from A Cut Above
Make “Board Game” on the left; then make a “Board Game Pillow” from your leftovers.

See more projects from A Cut Above.


FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Ready to play with precuts? Our friends at Red Rooster Fabrics have generously donated a stack of Gerri’s new “Favorite Things” fabric to give away to you. To win the stack and a copy of A Cut Above, tell us in the comments how you make half-square triangles—we’d love to hear your favorite technique! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Favorite Things fabric by Gerri Robinson for Red Rooster

A Cut AboveANOTHER GIVEAWAY ALERT! Gerri’s joining in the fun with her own giveaway of autographed books, plus A Cut Above magnets, pins, and bookmarks from quiltdots.com. Visit Gerri’s blog and enter to win these fun prizes from Gerri herself!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Pearl, who says:

“How do I make half-square triangles? Not very well, usually. I have struggled through a lot of attempts, often ending up with something that wasn’t very square. Most recently, I’ve resorted to just making them bigger and then trimming them down to size. Gerri’s approach looks like something I could master…think I’ll give it a try.”

Pearl, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


762 Comments

  • HST: My new favorite method is using the Triangulations CD and to paper piece them. They come out perfect everytime.

    —Donna McTague on March 25, 2014
  • I usually make my half-square triangles from squares and then trim them to size . Will have to give this method a try.

    —DebrafromMD on March 25, 2014
  • I have used stops and the Fons and Porter triangle ruler with strips. I’ve also sewed both sides of the diagonal of two squares that are right-sides together and cut between the sewing to make triangles that are already sewn together. Thanks for the chance to win this fabric and wonderful book!

    —Karen Watkins on March 25, 2014
  • I mostly use the Easy Angle Ruler, but also the traditional method, or the alternative method from Blossom Heart Quilts if I am to make many HSTs of the same kind.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Anita on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to make quick HST? Put squares right side together, sew 1/4″ around the edges and then cut across corner to corner. Learned this from Jenny Doan video on You Tube. Now ANOTHER fast and easy way to make them. Thanks!!

    —Connie on March 25, 2014
  • My favourite way is to lay the 2 squares on top of each other, draw a line on the diagonal and sew 1/4″ on either side of the line and then cut the penciled line. Square up the half square triangle

    —Nancy R on March 25, 2014
  • I very seldom make quilts with half square triangle, because I never
    get them the right size. The "ez angle" ruler and the jelly rolls
    would make them perfect everytime.

    Paulette Doerhoff

    —Paulette Doerhoff on March 25, 2014
  • I have already been making them just like Gerri described. Love, love the Easy Angle Ruler. I usually cut my own fabric strips to width.

    —Jill Hogan on March 25, 2014
  • I always love Gerri’s designs! I can usually spot them before I see her name.

    Miss Jean on March 25, 2014
  • I use the drawn line corner to corner and then sew a quarter inch on either side. But I hate having to remember that the square has to be larger and by how much. I like the idea of the Ezy Angle ruler better!

    —Carol Sellick on March 25, 2014
  • I use the easy angle triangle. It is a great tool, don’t know What I did without it. Just love it. Saves sew much time. Thank you for all the tips and things you do for all the quilters out there…..

    —DARLA DISHMAN on March 25, 2014
  • I normally do my half square triangles by cutting squares, drawing lines down the middle, cutting them apart and trimming them. I am going to try Gerri’s method and I think I will soon have a new favorite method.

    —Connie Wood on March 25, 2014
  • i make half square triangles using squares, draw line down middle and sew qtr inch on each side of line. thanks for the giveaway.

    —carolyn montgomery on March 25, 2014
  • i draw aline down the middle of a square and sew 1/4 inch each side of line.

    —carolyn montgomery on March 25, 2014
  • I do not have much experience with half square triangles but it’s something on my mental list to work on.

    melissa miller on March 25, 2014
  • Draw a diagonal onto a square that is 1/2″ larger than the final triangle. Pair square with another contrasting square. Stitch 1/4″ on both sides of line. Cut on line and press.

    —Dana on March 25, 2014
  • Rarely? I haven’t made a quilt with them, because I am a bit sloppy 😉 But I’ll keep trying.. good thing babies and dolls don’t demand perfection!

    —Carol on March 25, 2014
  • Your pattern are very pretty, and I will be ordering the book. Thank you

    —Joan Newton on March 25, 2014
  • I was taught to quilt by a purist and at a time when all these wonderful pre cuts were not yet available. I made my half square triangles the traditional way….two squares laid right side to right side. A line was drawn from one corner to another so that you would have a cutting line. Then I would stitch 1/4 inch on either side of that line, cut on the line and whoo hoo….two half square triangles! Love all these new tools and techniques….makes everything so much more simple and fun.

    —Carol on March 25, 2014
  • I mark lines corner to corner then sew 1/4″ on either side of lines. Cut between lines and center vertically and horizontally. Yields 8 from each set of squares.

    —Heidi teachout on March 25, 2014
  • I use the easy angle but I NEED the other size! I didn’t even know there were 2 sizes!!

    —jacki on March 25, 2014
  • I use the Triangle paper and paper piece the triangle squares whenever I can, then otherwise, use the Easy Angle ruler. I do like the look of the triangle squares in many blocks and quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Jane McKay on March 25, 2014
  • I would probably never attempt the HS triangles if not for Easy Angle rulers . My trash would runneth over with all the wonkies !

    —Carolyn Watlington on March 25, 2014
  • I make them from squares sewn together from corner to corner.

    —Delaine on March 25, 2014
  • I usually just do squares, but have been thinking about playing with the
    thangle strips, the full page pattern to ,ake eight at a time, and checking into some of the rulers. This will be a way to try. The more options you have in your skill set, the better.

    —Pam on March 25, 2014
  • I learned to make HSTs by cutting strips, marking lines, and sewing on both sides of the lines. I think there is a tool called "thangles" that does the same thing, but I find it fine just to mark on the wrong side of the fabric.

    —Karen B on March 25, 2014
  • Sometimes I use the 2 squares folded over, sometimes the big square sewed around the edge and cut in diagonals, sometimes even triangle templates. Sure would love to learn a better way!

    —Stacey on March 25, 2014
  • I make my half square triangles by putting two squares RST, marking a cutting line on the back of one square at the diagonal, sewing 1/4″ on each side of the cutting line then cut them in half.
    Gerri’s method looks good two for using 21/2″ strips so I’ll be buying her book and ruler and trying this new method.

    —Jean on March 25, 2014
  • I place my 2 sis. Right sides together, using Fon & Porter quarter inch ruler line it diagonally cornor to cornor, draw a line down both sides of ruler & stitch on those lines, then cut between the two stitched lines. Thank You for a chance in this wonderful give a way. Good Luck to all

    —Trudy Lyon on March 25, 2014
  • I use the two squares on top of each other, marking the center then sewing 1/4 in on each side. This tool makes it look easy!

    —Rhonda Culley on March 25, 2014
  • I have had good success with my ‘Easy Angle" ruler. I used ‘Th-angles" for an Ocean Waves that really turned out terrific too. So my final answers is: whatever I have at hand at the moment! How’s that for wishy-washy? 🙂

    —Kathy G on March 25, 2014
  • I still use the bias strips and the bias square. I REALLY need this book and tool!

    Cynthia Wood on March 25, 2014
  • Another collection with blue my favorite color. Love It!

    —Louise Peeler on March 25, 2014
  • To make hst’s I put two squares right sides together, draw a line diagonally from corner and sew 1/4″ on either side of the drawn line and then cut on the drawn line to get two half square triangles. I do this because I am always working with scraps of different prints and solids.
    I enjoy the process and the end results. I would love the fabric and book give-away. Thanks Pat

    —Patricia D. Roberts on March 25, 2014
  • I usually mark each square at angle….. I hate it cause it’s time consuming. But I did see a video where you take a larger square, sew around the edges then corner to corner something like that and you have like 8 at once. I’d like to try any of these…
    thanks

    Mary G on March 25, 2014
  • I am just learning so I follow your instructions.

    —Jacqueline Gould on March 25, 2014
  • I make my half square triangles using the easy angle ruler. I love that I don’t have to trim them up! You know right away if you have sewn it accurately by looking at the corner. If you are accurate, your seam will be in the middle. If not, you will have a little" corner".

    —Susan on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares RST, marking a diagonal line and sewing 1/4″ on both sides of the line and then cutting on the line. Sometimes I put RST and sew around perimeter, then make diagonal cuts. I love learning new ways to do things and thank you for the chance to win!

    —Sharon on March 25, 2014
  • I place my 2 squares face to face and draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner and then stitch 1/4″on either side of the line and then cut down the middle.

    —Gail on March 25, 2014
  • I place my squares right sides together, draw a line from corner to corner, then sew 1/4″ on either side of the drawn line.

    —Cheryl L. on March 25, 2014
  • I love 1/2 square triangles! If I need a lot of them, I make a grid and sew on either side of the line and cut on the line. It is a quick way to get a lot of them.

    —Sherill V on March 25, 2014
  • I do the 8 at a time method for making half square triangles. unfinished size of hst block x 2 + 1″ = square sizes to cut. Draw an x from corner to corner and sew 1/4″ away from the line. Cut in half, side to side and top to bottom then cut on the drawn lines. Trim those babies up and they’re perfect with no bias edges. That method changed my quilting!!

    Deb Richey on March 25, 2014
  • My old way of making hst was to put 2 fabric squares rst, draw a diagonal line, and cut. I am now converted, thanks to the video, and will be getting the new ruler and making them that way!!

    —Pat on March 25, 2014
  • I use the stripe tube method if I need a lot of the same thing

    —Cindy Balin on March 25, 2014
  • I have been putting two squares RST, marking the cutting line and then sewing them. I will be getting myself an easy angle ruler, it looks so much easier to use. Thanks for sharing the information.

    —Kaylene on March 25, 2014
  • I don’t remember where, but I read about a method a while back and have enjoyed using it ever since where you place two squares, rights sides together, then sew a quarter inch on either side of the middle diagonally. Then I just use my rotary and ruler and cut down the middle between the two seams. And voila! Before that I had been doing one at a time, cutting diagonally from the strip.

    —Amy L on March 25, 2014
  • I discovered the Easy Angle ruler several years ago. This is my go to method for making half square triangles using fabric strips.

    —Linda T. on March 25, 2014
  • I use my Accu Quilt Go! to cut my triangles.

    —Karen C on March 25, 2014
  • I put 2 squares right sides together, draw a diagonal line corner to corner, sew on either side of the line and then cut on the line. But I’m ready to try new methods…so ready!

    —Janice S. on March 25, 2014
  • I make my half square triangles by putting two squares RST, mark two sewing lines 1/4″ on either side of the diagonal and then sew just inside these two lines. I cut my squares 1/8″ larger than required so I can trim them down to the perfect size.

    —Shari Kersey on March 25, 2014
  • I make HST by putting 2 squares right sides together, sewing 1/4″ on either side of a diagonal line from corner to corner, then cutting between the two sewn lines. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Elaine on March 25, 2014
  • If I need lots of HSTs from the same two fabrics I’ll draw and stitch a crosshatch-type grid on two fairly large pieces of fabric, right sides together, then cut. Otherwise, I put two squares RST, draw diagonal line, stitch on each side of the line and cut on the line. I’m not comfortable with methods that result in bias outside edges.

    —Tesuque on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to make 1/2 triangles is to sew 1/4″ all around outside of 2 squares right sides together then draw a line diagonally corner to corner
    and cut on the line fold open and I have 4 1/2 sqs.

    —Debbie on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve always done the tedious way – squares, line down the middle, sew on either side, cut. but i’m interested in learning more efficient ways!

    —Ashley on March 25, 2014
  • Most of my half-square triangles are from the ‘extra’ when I make a flying geese block…I don’t throw anything away! I sit in front of the TV at night trimming my blocks to use up in some of those yummy patterns shown! I have half-square triangles ranging in size from 1-inch to 5-inches!! And LOTS of them…so here come those scrappy quilts!

    –Connie

    —Connie Hendryx on March 25, 2014
  • The method I use is to use Fons and Porters half inch ruler to draw on the wrong side of one square and sew the lines on either side. Then I have to cut in half, iron, and trim. Takes forever.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on March 25, 2014
  • The way I make most of my HST is to draw diagonal on back side of one square and stitch 1/4 inch on each side of drawn line and cut on draw line. i have tried method similar to on in this book and like it when need multiple HST of same fabric.

    —Sue on March 25, 2014
  • I am new to the fabulous world of quilting and have not yet tried HST’s. Looking forward to trying your method and learning all I can.

    —Linda M on March 25, 2014
  • If I have a lot of triangle made from the same 2 fabrics I do my math then cut a large square, draw in the lines for squares, then for triangles. I then draw the sewing lines. I sew in a zig zag pattern to try to get as many triangles sewn in one fell swoop…

    —INA ANDERSON on March 25, 2014
  • I place two squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line, sew 1/4″ away from line on each side. Cut on the drawn line, and wha la!
    This books looks like it’s right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Susan Donnelly on March 25, 2014
  • I either use the 1/4″ ruler and mark my middle and sew two blocks together, then cut.
    Another method I use when I want smaller pieces is to sew two blocks together, right sides facing, sew a quarter inch along the edges, then I have 4 pieces.

    Debbie

    Debbie St. Germain on March 25, 2014
  • Take 2 squares,place right sides together and stitch all away around the square then cut from each corner across and also across the two sides side to side and top to bottom.

    Robin medley on March 25, 2014
  • I make HST’s using Jenny’s method from Missouri Star Quilt Company – 2 squares put right sides together, sew all the way around the outside, rotary cut diagonally. It is INSANELY easy!

    —Meghan O'Connor on March 25, 2014
  • I usually make them from squares and then trim to size. Gerri has a great method and I am going to try it for sure.

    Susan Paxton on March 25, 2014
  • I also put two squares together, mark a diagonal line and then sew slightly less than 1/4″ away from that line on both sides.

    Tammy from quilt-pictures.com on March 25, 2014
  • I normally use the method I learned when first learning how to Quilt from AMY Gibson Block of the Month 2012, you take two squares and sew on each side of the mid line and then cut in half

    —Carlye Strumski on March 25, 2014
  • Depending on the number of different fabrics I am using I might use paper Thangles, my Accuquilt cutter (no dog ears), or cut large squares, sew them together around all four sides and then cut corner to corner.

    —Sandy on March 25, 2014
  • I make my HST’s by placing 2 squares RST, draw a line on the diagonal, and sew a scant 1/4 inch each side of the line. I press the triangles up to the dark side before I cut on the drawn line so there won’t be any distortion on the bias. I usually square the HSTs so they are perfectly square.

    I have an easy angle ruler, so may give your method a try, especially with precut fabrics. Thanks so much.

    —Karen on March 25, 2014
  • I make half square triangles using squares, draw line down middle and sew quarter inch on each side of line. But I have to look up the measurements every time I make them. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Herma Hughes on March 25, 2014
  • I usually take 2 squares on top of each other, draw a line on the diagonal and sew 1/4″ on either side of the line and then cut on the line. Square up the half square triangle.

    —Sandy K on March 25, 2014
  • I love to make all have the appearance of flow. In saying that I think creating a piece with a sense of flow using half square triangles sounds like a lot of fun and the brown and blue fabric is perfect.

    Judi K

    —Judi on March 25, 2014
  • Fairly new to quilting..only made one HST throw …so far. Laid my squares on top of each other..drew diagonal line…sewed 1/4″ on each side of line then cut on said line. This way is lookin’ much easier….Thank you! 😉

    —Lori Morton on March 25, 2014
  • I have used Thangles but that Easy Angle Ruler looks like a must-have. No more ripping papers! Thanxxx for the great video and a new way to do half-squares. Much easier.

    —Sonja on March 25, 2014
  • I take two squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line, sew 1/4″ away from line on each side. Cut on the drawn line. I have the ruler, but never knew how to use it. Thanks for Gerri’s video I can now utilize my ruler.

    —Vicki H on March 25, 2014
  • On a square of fabric I draw a diagonal line through the opposite corners, then, with a contrasting square of fabric underneath (right sides together) I stitch 1/4″ away from both sides of the line. Then cut on the drawn line. I generally like to make my squares a bit large so that I can trim the resulting half square triangles down to the desired size.

    —Ann Dunn on March 25, 2014
  • Wow that ruler is amazing and such a time saving tool. l cut my strips and then sub cut into the square size then place the two colors together – pin draw a line from corner to corner. Using a 1/4 ruler guide draw lines on both sides, sew, cut press….what a long process compared to the easy ruler on the video – love it. Got to get one.

    —Anne on March 25, 2014
  • I am a "newbie" to quilting; therefore I use instructions I find online to make my HST’s. I have only made them twice and I was pleased with the results.

    —Diane on March 25, 2014
  • I sew a 1/4 inch around the perimeter of a square, cut across each opposite corner, then I have 4 half square triangle units

    —Janie on March 25, 2014
  • Placing the right sides of two squares together, I draw a diagonal line and sew a quarter inch on either side. Then I cut along the diagonal line and press.

    —Virginia in AK on March 25, 2014
  • I use triangles on a roll or print my own triangles on tear away paper in my printer. I have downloaded the triangles in various sizes in a format that fits 8.5 x 11 or legal sized paper.

    —Judi on March 25, 2014
  • Place the two square right sides together. Draw a light pencil line diagonally. Stitch scant 1/4″ on each side of drawn line. Press and square them up.
    Sammy

    —Sammy Wade on March 25, 2014
  • Well I like a flying goose border, but avoid it because you have to make so many half square triangles. If I only need a few I will use thangles because they turn out exact. Thanks for chance to win Red Rooster fabric and think I can use A Cut Above, perhaps the book would encourage me to try a flying goose border again.

    —Marie on March 25, 2014
  • I make them many ways – the "old fashioned" way, I mark squares with a pencil, I cut sets using the easy angle ruler, or I use the "cut off" half-square triangles from trimming other projects – whatever works!

    —Lorraine B on March 25, 2014
  • Being new to quilting, so far there have been no triangles in the quilts I’ve made (3), but I’m going to be doing a carpenter’s star and I’m also designing an ABC 123 quilt for my grand daughter–both have 1/2 square triangles. I’ve seen the method of line drawing as described above, but the ruler seems like a good method also. Congrats on your new book, and thanks for the opportunity to win the fabric and book. I’m finding giving quilts as gifts to be a relaxing way to leave a piece of your heart with the receiver. Your patterns are beautiful–thank you!

    —Shirley Graff on March 25, 2014
  • HELLO, My favorite way to make quick hst’s is to put squares right side together, sew 1/4″ around the perimeter,cut across corner to corner. Thanks for sharing a great giveaway!

    —Linda on March 25, 2014
  • I have used the method where you place 2 squares, right sides together, draw a diagonal line, then sew a quarter inch seem on either side of the line, cutting once on the drawn line. I like this idea of cutting HST’s from strips! I always love Gerri Robinson’s patterns and fabric.

    —Karen on March 25, 2014
  • To make triangle units, I like to sew 2 square units together with a line drawn diagonally and then sewn together a 1/4″ on either side of the line. Then cut on the drawn line. This way I’m not sewing on the bias and there is not fabric wasted.
    Thank you for the chance to win this book. The quilts are gorgeous!

    Loris Mills on March 25, 2014
  • Gee, I have only made HST the old fashion way – cut the triangles a little bit larger, sew them together and then square them up. I will have to try that "new fangled smarter, quicker way"! I have the Easy Angle Ruler but have used it for other block pieces… I do love it. Fingers crossed I win.
    Julie Mc

    JulesMcTool on March 25, 2014
  • My second pieced quilt was mostly HSTs so I purchased a Quick Quarter II 12″ Rule from Amazon to draw the lines from corner to corner on each set of stacked squares. Went so much faster and more precise on my stitched lines before cutting them in half.

    Jane @ Handiworking on March 25, 2014
  • I first cut squares of the two fabrics.
    Align them right sides together, draw a line from corner to corner diagonally. Use the pencil mark as a guide, then using a 1/4 allowance, I stitch on both sides of the line. Use your rotary cutter to cut on that line. Voila!

    —Carol Pelletier on March 25, 2014
  • I like to use Jenny Doan’s method of sewing a 1/4 inch around the entire square then cutting them. I’ve also just cut triangles and trimmed them and sewn a quarter inch either side on the centre of squares, then cut down the centre, trim to size. My favorite and easiest way is Jenny’s though. I might have to invest in this ruler and try it out. It looks easy peasy!

    —Heather on March 25, 2014
  • i make my hlaf square triangles from squares with a line down the middle and sew 1/4 inch on each side then cut in two

    —margo on March 25, 2014
  • My aunt loves to sew 1/2 square triangles, so I let her do it for me!

    —Debra on March 25, 2014
  • I place 2 squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line. Then I stitch on either side of the line using a 1/4 " seam allowance. Press and then cut on the drawn line. Then press it open and trim the dog ears off the corners.

    —Kaye M. on March 25, 2014
  • I go by the old standard of 2 squares, mark the diagonal line and sew away on either side. I have read alternate instructions on some patterns to use the easy angle ruler which has intrigued me but alas, I have yet to make the purchase. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Sharlene B on March 25, 2014
  • Well, I’m old school. Was living overseas for 11 yrs. and had none of these tools available to me. I was taught to quilt by an older Japanese lady, who was a stickler to preciseness. I made my own templates out of plastic coffee can lids. Very time consuming. I can wait to use my new tool and speed up the process

    Sandra on March 25, 2014
  • Most of the time I use the Easy Angle ruler for HSTs. I much prefer that to marking lines on fabric.

    —Julie in GA on March 25, 2014
  • i sew 2 size together and cut, square up as needed and go, not original as I first started out cutting each one…ugh

    —diane on March 25, 2014
  • I have just bought an Easy Angle Ruler and it arrived in the post today.
    Can’t wait to get started with it as previosly I was using over-large squares, sewn on either side of the diagonal and trimming. Lots of trimming…..

    —Gloria on March 25, 2014
  • New quilter here – haven’t tried half-square triangles yet!

    —Cynthia W on March 25, 2014
  • I like to use two squares sewn together and cut to make HST squares. Thanks for the opportunity to win the fabric or the book!

    —Cindy Pilkington on March 25, 2014
  • I place two squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line, sewing a scant 1/4″ on either side and then cut down the diagonal line. This is the only way that I know how to do it. I have taught myself quilting and sewing from books :), I would love to add this new one to my library!

    —Jennifer Kornegay on March 25, 2014
  • I paper piece my half-square triangles but I am going to try Gerri’s way next week when I start a new project!

    —Janey on March 25, 2014
  • I tend to use squares, marked with a line down the diagonal. This method looks great!

    —Michele Van Epps on March 25, 2014
  • I use easy angle ruler to make triangle units. It is faster than drawing line on square and sewing and cutting. I would love to win this book and fabric! Thanks for the contest.

    —penny on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to make half square triangles is by cutting a square at least 1/8″ to 1/4″ larger than my unfinished triangle. Mark two diagonal lines from upper right to lower left line one quarter inch from center and stitch just inside the two lines. Cut down the center of the square between the stitching and press open to the dark side of the seam allowance and using a small Omnigrid ruler place the diagonal line on the ruler along the pressed seam allowance and trim the square to the size I want. So easy to get the exact size of half square triangle.

    —Sandy Ryffino on March 25, 2014
  • I cut squares of two fabrics, place right sides together, using a marking pen or pencil, lightly mark a line from one diagonal corner to its opposite coner. Sew a scant quarter inch on either side of the marked line. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut on the marked line which will be between the two sown lines. Press open and you now have two half square triangles, with no problems of sewing on a bias.

    —Marsha on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite is to take two blocks, right side facing, use my Fons & Porter 1/4 inch ruler, draw a line diagonally and sew 1/4 inch each side of the line. Cut on the diagonal line and I have a square block with each triangle a different fabric. Another method is to take two smaller blocks, right sides facing, and sew 1/4 inch all around the outside, cut the block on each diagonal and I will end up with four small squares, each made up of two half square triangles.

    —LaVerne Mullane on March 25, 2014
  • Love the do-si-do!

    —Lynne on March 25, 2014
  • I usually layer two squares, right sides together, and then draw a diagonal line. I sew 1/4 inch on either side of the diagonal. Then I cut on the drawn line and end up with two half square triangle blocks. I usually make then a smidgen bigger and then square them up

    —Pam G on March 25, 2014
  • I place 2 squares right side together, draw a diagonal line, then sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the line. Cut on the line and you are done.

    —Nancy on March 25, 2014
  • I have marked a diagonal line on my squares and sewn 1/4 inch on both sides of the line. Then, I cut on the diagonal line creating 2 triangles.
    I have also sewn a 1/4 inch around all sides of a pair of squares and then cut them on both diagonals to make 4 triangles.
    I starch my fabrics before cutting, so bias stretching hasn’t been an issue yet.

    —Kathleen Dalecio on March 25, 2014
  • Like many of the comments, I put two squares together, mark a diagonal line and sew on each side of the line and cut on the line. I didn’t realize there were other ways!!

    —Tanya on March 25, 2014
  • I use the technique I learned from Jennie Doan (sp?) in Quilting Quickly on Craftsy. I place two squares together, sew all around the perimeter and cut into 4 diagonally. I love it but that ruler looks good too LOL and I LOVE that fabric.
    Lori

    —Lori on March 25, 2014
  • I’m still learning, but have made HST by sewing two charm squares all around with 1/4″ seam, then cutting diagonally both ways to make 4 at a time, and I’ve also made them by pressing one square on the diagonal, then layering it on another square and sewing 1/4″ on either side of the pressed line and cut on the pressed line. I like the idea of multiple ways to create something.
    The book looks WONDERFUL!

    —Jonnie Britton on March 25, 2014
  • I make my 1/2 square triangles by cutting squares, and then I have a ruler with a center line that is 1/4″ on each side. I put that on the squares, and mark the sewing line on each side and then sew and cut. An easier way would be great! I am still a beginner quilter, so I have lots to learn. I have to admit that I have been intimidated by these triangles, and to date, have only done one project using them. I plan to do more in the future.

    —Carol on March 25, 2014
  • I usually do the two hst at a time–one square method.

    Renee on March 25, 2014
  • I have the best results putting two squares together, draw a diagonal line, sew a 1/4″ on each side of the line and cutting apart. Definitely going to have to try this method.

    —Wanda Phillips on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares together cut a bit larger, for example instead of 2 7/8th, make it 3. Use the fons and porter ruler placed diagonally on the square, draw lines on each side and sew on the lines, then cut in half. Then I use the square up ruler and I have perfect sized 1/2 square triangles

    —Betty T on March 25, 2014
  • I have used the triangle papers, but have found sewing around the square (no matter what size) right sides together and cut in cross wise

    —Sue Jones on March 25, 2014
  • I do the stack, draw a line, sew then cut. sometimes I do the sew all around and cut diagonally both ways, but that gives a lot of bias edges.

    —Sarah on March 25, 2014
  • I use the Easy Angle ruler a lot, and just bought a new one to replace my old one on which the lines are wearing off. The new one is slightly different than the old one. I also use the method where a square is cut 7/8″ larger than the finished half square triangle size. Cut on the diagonal and sew.

    —Sharon on March 25, 2014
  • I mark the halfway line. In the middle. Then using my quarter in foot sew both sides. Saves time with not having to mark 3 lines.

    —Kathy Luehrs on March 25, 2014
  • My half square triangles are done in the usual way: Put two different fabrics together right sides together. Draw a line from corner to corner. Stitch 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line. Cut on the drawn line and you have two half square triangles!

    —Claudia Love on March 25, 2014
  • I usually start with two squares, sew on the diagonal and then sew again about 1/2″ away. That way I get my HST and a bonus mini HST.

    —Nancy McFall on March 25, 2014
  • I draw a diagonal line on the back side of one of the squares and stitch 1/4″ on either side. Cut and press. I cut the squares a little larger so I can square them up better with a ruler.

    —Julie Johnson on March 25, 2014
  • I like to use the Strip Tube ruler to create half square triangles. Just sew 2 strips with wrong sides together along BOTH long sides of the strips. Then cut the triangles using the Strip tube ruler. There’s no extra math needed — but you do end up with biased edges, so be sure to starch them before cutting and press carefully to avoid stretching! It may seem like a bit of extra work, but they come out perfectly sized every time.

    —Judy W on March 25, 2014
  • I start with squares cut 1″ larger than the finished half square. I mark the diagonal on one piece, sew 1/4″ away from the diagonal. Cut on the diagonal, press seams to one side. Trim to finished size.

    I choose this technique to achieve accuracy.

    —Mary Dahlberg on March 25, 2014
  • I use preprinted paper on the roll in the size that I disire…easy way….thank you…

    —marta on March 25, 2014
  • Looks like the method I use is the most popular method based on the earlier posts. The 2 squares, right sides together, one corner to corner diagonal line, sew 1/4″ on each side of the line, cut on the line, press
    each set open…
    Love the pictures from her book!

    —Jetta Neely on March 25, 2014
  • I use the two squares right sides together cut down the middle method.
    Very interested in Gerri’s method. Thanks.

    —Diane H on March 25, 2014
  • I make HST’s by drawing a diagonal line and stitching 1/4″ on each side. I don’t draw stitching lines because I use my presser foot to guide me; it has a line at 1/4″.

    —Joanna on March 25, 2014
  • I make half square triangle by marking down the center of the square diagonally and sewing a 1/4″ on each side of the marked line. Then I cut on the marked line and press open. This book has some lovely quilts!

    —Susan Griffith on March 25, 2014
  • Totally depends on how many I need and what fabric I have in front of me. If I need just a few I draw the diagonal line down the center or sew the two squares together all the way around and cut. If I need a bunch I might cut strips, sew down both sides and cut them out or I get the large piece of fabric and draw the lines so I can sew and cut a whole bunch at once.

    —Chris on March 25, 2014
  • From what I’ve seen so far, sandwiching two square fabrics, right-sides together, sewing a 1/4 inch all the way around and making two diagonal cuts… BAM (very Emeril Lagasse)…4 half-square triangles!

    —DebbieW on March 25, 2014
  • I place two contrasting strips together, then mark as shown on the video rather than cut. Take to machine and stitch 1/4 in to each side of the angled line, then cut apart on the marked lines. Works for me. I haven’t used the triangle ruler but would like to get one! I have two great-grandbabies due in the fall, think this would make my baby quilts work up faster!
    – Martha

    Martha Lyle on March 25, 2014
  • I take 2 squares of different fabrics and place them right sides together. I then sew 1/4″ all around the outside. I make 2 cuts diagonally from each opposite corner and end up with 4 flying geese.

    —Linda Mercer on March 25, 2014
  • The method I use depends on the project. If just a couple are needed, I do the 2 squares, sew 1/4″ beside the diagonal and cut. If lots of the same two fabrics do the strip tube or grid methods. Sometimes even sew two triangles together, usually if I’m using scraps. I love Gerri’s designs and would love to win this giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

    —susan on March 25, 2014
  • I am so new to the world of quilting that I have not ventured beyond the simple square. I would love to master the half square triangle with these gorgeous fabrics!

    —Kathy E. on March 25, 2014
  • So far the old fashioned way. I cut a piece of sturdy material and draw lines on the fabric. Tedious. I will try and get some of the rulers, they sure make life (quilting) a lot easier.
    Mieke

    —Mieke on March 25, 2014
  • I just used this new method with the Easy Angle ruler and loved it. Less dog ears to trim! I like to have my triangles cut to size before sewing, as I find this more accurate that the method of sewing 1/4″ away from a center line. I’d love to win this great book of beautiful designs!

    —Tera on March 25, 2014
  • I love HST but usually make them by drawing a line diagonally corner to corner and then sewing 1/4″ seam on either side. Once I get on a roll, I can knock them out but the angle ruler certainly is an incentive to try Gerri’s way. Love the patterns in the book!!

    —Kathy on March 25, 2014
  • I love the Easy Angle ruler, but I take it a step further. I place two strips, right sides together, and cut thru both. The pair is ready to sew, and they are perfect! Sometimes I will swap the light or dark strip when the strips are squared off so I don’t have too many alike. It’s really an efficient way to use your fabric, too.

    Mary Beth McKelvey on March 25, 2014
  • I use the EZ angle ruler most of the time, but occasionally I sew 1/4″ on both sides of a line drawn diagonally across a square. The ruler makes it so accurate!

    —Mary on March 25, 2014
  • I haven’t made very many half-square triangles in my sewing experience but maybe now will be tempted to try some with this technique.

    —Gail D. on March 25, 2014
  • I draw a diagonal on the back and sew a quarter inch on each side then cut on the line.

    —Joan on March 25, 2014
  • I use a couple of different methods, from drawing a line down the middle and stitching each side to marking my sewing machine and lining up the top and bottom points of the triangle, and if I need to make a million small ones, I use triangles on a roll. This fabric and book would be amazing to some lucky winner.

    —Dee on March 25, 2014
  • I still like Nancy Martin’s bias strip with special cutting ruler as I find that I can more easily seam long strips.

    —Regina Harris on March 25, 2014
  • I have been wanting to try a new way, I used to cut triangles and then sew. I will watch the video. Anything to save time.

    —Joyce Mosby on March 25, 2014
  • I also do the method whereby you put two squares together, mark diagonally from corner to corner, then sew a scant 1/4″ away from the line on both sides. Cut down the middle and voila, half square triangle. Love those blue/tan fabrics and the book looks like it has some great patterns in it. Thanks so much for doing this give-away!

    —Karen L. on March 25, 2014
  • I place 2 squares right sides together. Draw line corner to corner and then sew 1/4″ away from each side of line. Cut on center line.

    —Joan H. on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve used Geri’s method before when I have yardage; when using scraps I generally mark the diagonal and get 2 hst’s from a pair of squares.

    —Pat V. on March 25, 2014
  • I guess I’m pretty ‘old school’. I still draw the diagonal line and stitch on either side of the line! I haven’t actually done any 1/2 square triangles since I bought my GO! machine but I have the 6.5″ half square triangle die and I am excited to see how that will work out.

    —Peggy Forbes on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve rarely made HST because I haven’t been able to get them looking good every time when put together. I will definitely try this way and look forward to having perfect pieces every time. I like the chance to win this wonderful book and fabric!

    —Audrey on March 25, 2014
  • I have just started quilting — and I love the idea of being able to make triangles with long strips of fabric.

    —Diane Gardy on March 25, 2014
  • I make mine 8 at a time. Use large squares (the measurements are roughly size of HST x 2 plus an inch (or more, so I can trim to perfect HSTs). Draw lines diagonally and sew 1/4″ on each side of each line. Then cut horizontally and vertically first, then diagonally. I love this method! I have also used thangles, just 2 smaller squares sewn diagonally to make 2 HSTs, and using the Easy Angle ruler. Depends a lot on how many I need. Thanks for the giveaway! I love this fabric; I am making appliqued baskets from Gerri’s kits and this bundle would be perfect to finish the quilt top.

    —Susanne H on March 25, 2014
  • I use thangles to make the half square triangles. I have the Easy Angle you can bet I will be trying it.

    —Mabel Lancaster on March 25, 2014
  • Beautiful fabric and very stunning i love it

    —denise duff on March 25, 2014
  • I sew two squares together, sew down each side of the center, and cut apart.

    —Linda Cartwright on March 25, 2014
  • I use the computer program "Triangulations" to make 1/2 square triangles. Perfect every time!

    —Kathy on March 25, 2014
  • Easy Angle….no doubt. Was terrified of them before that and now one of my favorite piecing tasks! Speaking of favorites, blue and browns together. Thanks for the chance.

    Deb P on March 25, 2014
  • I put 2 squares together sew all the way around it, cut it into 4 pieces diagonally and I have 4 half square triangles.

    —Kalynn on March 25, 2014
  • At the moment I use the method of sewing two squares together with diagonal line drawn on back and sew 1/4 inch on either side

    —Linda on March 25, 2014
  • I would love to get some Red Rooster. I LOVE their fabric but can’t always afford it, but it is get.

    Connie Taravella on March 25, 2014
  • Put 2 squares facing each other. Sew 1/4″ around the whole outside edge. Cut an ‘x’ through the middle.

    —Quilting Tangent on March 25, 2014
  • I like two different ways: take two 2 1/2inch strips sew 1/4 inch from top and 1/4 inch from bottom, then do the technique that is demonstrated. the other is: take two squares sew 1/4inch all the way around, make two diagonal cuts from corner to opposite corner, this will equal 4 half square triangles.

    —Nancy Buckley on March 25, 2014
  • Usually use squares, draw line down middle and stitch on either side.

    —Sunnybec on March 25, 2014
  • If I only need a dozen or so, I use the 2 squares RST, draw a line down the center, sew 1/4″ on either side and cut on the line. If I need a LOT I do seem to go to the Thangles, the sewing guess work is done for you and I have learned to chain piece them.

    —connie on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares together rt. sides faces and sew 1/4“ all around the edge then cut corner to corner in both directions.

    —Marlo Raub on March 25, 2014
  • I sew all the way round (1/4 inch) two squares right sides together then rotary cut diagonally both ways voila! no marking

    —sarah on March 25, 2014
  • I love Thangles paper pieced triangles. They are so accurate and fast, and the paper allows them to be pressed without any stretching on the bias edge. They are perfectly square and ready to sew. Thanks!

    —Norma on March 25, 2014
  • I make half square triangles from whatever scraps I have handy. Sometimes it’s from squares marked with the center line, sometimes it’s with strips using the easy angle ruler. Sometimes I inherit a mess of already cut triangles that need to be matched and sewed. I don’t like making them with any paper product.

    —Rita Sevig on March 25, 2014
  • I have been using the Easy Angle Ruler to make half square triangles and it is the best tool for half square triangles I have found. Your half square triangles all come out equal and makes it so easy. Thank you Gerri for sharing this.

    —Beverly on March 25, 2014
  • I to use the 1/4″ ruler and sew that way. I like to mark a lot and chain stitch them and cut them afterwards. It make me feel like a moving along even when I’m not.

    —1 on March 25, 2014
  • Using squares, draw line down middle and sew a .25″ on each side of line. Need the giveaway.

    —rick on March 25, 2014
  • With two pieces to fabric, right sides together. I use my 1/4 inch ruler to draw two lines 1/4″ from the center line. I sew both lines (chain sewinfpg one side then the other). Cut down the center, iron and wa-la, two half triangle squares.

    —Elaine on March 25, 2014
  • Just learning to use a rotary cutter, so prior to this video’s tips, I cut with scissors and sewed each unit separately!

    —Marty on March 25, 2014
  • I stack 2 squares and then make a line corner to corner anse 1/4-1/8 of an inch on either side and voila 2 HST"s

    —Robin Johnson on March 25, 2014
  • I sew two strips together on each long edge then use the ruler ‘Half Squared’ by Quilt in a Day to cut perfectly square ‘half square triangles’

    —Gidget Shenefield on March 25, 2014
  • I too use the 1/4″ ruler and sew that way. I like to mark a lot and chain stitch them and cut them afterwards. It make me feel like a moving along even when I’m not.

    —Janice Taylor on March 25, 2014
  • I havent EVER done them, so no preferred method. Id sure love to try, though!

    —Sharon on March 25, 2014
  • I draw a line down the middle of a square and sew 1/4 inch each side of line.Then I square up using a ruler

    —Kathleen Moran on March 25, 2014
  • I usually make HSTs by sewing two squares on the diagonal and cutting them apart….trim a bit and I get two perfect HSTs.

    —Karen Davis on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to construct a HST is by cutting 2 squares, face tops together and sew 1/4 all around. Then slice corner to corner. If need be cut to size needed.

    Helen Ernst on March 25, 2014
  • As a new quilter, I have been using the squares RST, drawing a line on the diagonal,
    stitching 1/4 inch on each side of the line and then cutting on the line. I can’t wait to try
    the way demonstrated in the video. I plan to buy that tool today. Again as a new quilter,
    I could sure use the fabric and book. Thanks

    —Charlotte on March 25, 2014
  • love your giveaways ,thank you

    —gudrun junker on March 25, 2014
  • I have tried all techniques mentioned and don’t have a favorite. I have the Easy Angle ruler and am going to give this a try. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    —Patty Moffitt on March 25, 2014
  • I think that at one time or another I’ve used ALL of the techniques that can be found…but the tried and true "cut two squares at least 7/8″ larger than the finished size of yout HST unit, sew 1/4″ on both sides of the diagonal, divide, press and cut down to size" is the most trustworthy of them all. Although it’s a pain to do, it’s worth the effort!

    —Shannon on March 25, 2014
  • I always go with the good old line down the middle of two right side together squares! I hate all the drawing of lines and trimming but it’s the only way for me to get a perfect HST.

    —Robin on March 25, 2014
  • I use the Angler 2 on my machine bed rather than draw diagonal lines but I’m going to have to give the Easy Angle Ruler a try!!!

    Terry on March 25, 2014
  • To make 2.5″ half square triangles, I cut two 3.5″ squares and sew them right sides together all along the outside edges, then I cut diagonally from corner to corner and I end up with 4 half square triangles! To figure out how big to make my squares, I measure how much the diagonal is on the size suare I want to end up with and make the squares that big. Easy!

    Lyn Ennis on March 25, 2014
  • I do the RST, sew 1/4 in on either side of the diagonal line and cut.
    Would love an easier way

    elr on March 25, 2014
  • Thangles.

    —Daynora on March 25, 2014
  • Easy Angle and Triangulation CD – depends if I am close to a printer or not. I would love to win the fabric. Good luck to all!!

    —Marcia Gaffney on March 25, 2014
  • I make mine like many have mentioned here…..large square, mark them, sew them and then cut them.

    —Connie Kudsk on March 25, 2014
  • nothing fancy mark the 2 1/2 sq. on the diagonal and sew down this mark.

    —sharon richard on March 25, 2014
  • I usually use paper to piece half square triangles, either Triangles on a Roll or Thangles. If I’m using 2-1/2″ strips the 2″ finished Thangles work great.

    —Mary Furber on March 25, 2014
  • measure the 2 1//2 sq on the diagonal, mark, and sew down this mark

    —sharon richard on March 25, 2014
  • I have a computer program which allows me to make half square triangles of any size with continous line stitching.

    —Pam on March 25, 2014
  • I make my half square triangle by laying two squares right sides together, drawing a line down the middle, sewing 1/4 inch along both sides of the line, cutting down the line, opening and pressing.

    —Karen on March 25, 2014
  • I put squares right sides draw line from point to point.sew 1/4 inch from line

    —ivy gabbard on March 25, 2014
  • Is it "old fashioned" to sew two squares together, mark a diagonal line, sew your 1/4″ seam on each side of the diagonal and then cut down the center? Then I’m just a little old fashioned! Works good for me, trim them down to size if I get a little carried away. Thanks for the beautiful fabrics and design ideas.

    —Sandy Saylor on March 25, 2014
  • I mark lines corner to corner then sew 1/4″ on either side of lines. Cut between lines and center vertically and horizontally. Haven’t made many quilts with HSTs yet, but have one in the planning stage.

    Would love to win the fabric, thanks for the chance.

    —Delores Wagg on March 25, 2014
  • The way I make half square triangles is to lay the 2 square fabrics right sides together, draw a line from corner to corner and then sew a 1/4″ on both sides of the line. Then cut down the drawn line. And viola’, you have half square triangles.

    —Anne Johnson on March 25, 2014
  • I love the Easy Angle ruler! I have been using it for years.
    Red Rooster fabric is the bomb!

    —Melinda Harman on March 25, 2014
  • I have a computer program which allows me to make half square triangles of any size with continous line stitching. I just print out the size needed on paper, cut the 2 fabrics slightly larger than the printed rectangle, stitch on the line and cut them apart.

    —Pam on March 25, 2014
  • Would love to win. Thank you for the chance. I love those colors.

    Lynn Makrin on March 25, 2014
  • Iron the top square in half, open up place on other square. Sew quarter inch from the ironed line. come down turn around and sew quarter inch from the line on the opposite side. Cut down the middle and I have two half squared triangles exactly the same.
    I would love to win the book, I have never had a quilting book just watch utube and figure out the best I can from that..

    —Lois Auger-Barrie on March 25, 2014
  • I make my triangles the old fashion way so I will love to learn new tricks.
    Best regards
    Ulla from Denmark

    —Ulla Peberholm on March 25, 2014
  • I do the two squares together thing….always looking for easier…..

    —Bunny on March 25, 2014
  • I’m new at this and am trying several methods. But I do them all very carefully,lol.

    —Amy Goins on March 25, 2014
  • I have made them several ways, using the grid system and mostly, putting 2 squares together and sewing down the middle. I think I bought the ruler at least 100 years ago (lol)and it is hiding somewhere. Will have to dig it out and start using it.

    —Janet T on March 25, 2014
  • I usually mark & sew 1/4 inch from the center diagonal line – but I saw a method of sewing 1/4 inch completely around the square then cutting on the diagonal twice and have been wanting to try it. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

    —Debby E on March 25, 2014
  • I like to use half-square triangle paper and 2 squares right sides together with a line drawn down the middle and sew 1/4″ on each side, then cut on drawn line.

    —Anna on March 25, 2014
  • I use my square ruler,depending on sizes needed.Then I use a straight ruler measure twice and cut diagonally and again measure twice cut once.Bingo have half squared triangle.

    Rosemary Steinmetz on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares together, draw a diagonal line, sew 1/4′ on each
    side of the line and cut on that line. Will try your method.
    Would love to win.

    —JM on March 25, 2014
  • I cut my starter squares over-size, stitch either side of center diagonal, cut apart, press open then trim hst to correct size. This has always been what works best for me!
    Hope I win a new pattern book, can never have enough of these!

    —kathy DePauw on March 25, 2014
  • I usually use two squares face to face with a line drawn on the diagonal.
    Then I sew a quarter inch on either side, cut on the drawn line, open and press. I usually have to trim to sixe.

    —Anna Marie Werner on March 25, 2014
  • I too place the two squares right sides together, draw the diagonal line and sew 1/4″ away from the line on each side. Cut on the drawn line and press to the dark. Thanks for a great giveaway!

    —Deanna Pepe on March 25, 2014
  • I sew two squares together, draw a line down the middle, and sew 1/4 inch on either side.

    —Shelor Robin on March 25, 2014
  • I sew 2 squares together than cut and I like thangles 2

    —Elizabeth on March 25, 2014
  • hello, to make my 1/2 square triangles, I take two square pieces of fabric, placing them right sides together. then taking a ruler, I draw a diagonal line on the fabric, sewing a 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line. I then cut along the drawn line. this process will yield two 1/2 square triangles 🙂

    —Julie A. Boster on March 25, 2014
  • Well, I don’t have anything new to add to all the comments, I make mine the usual way. Two squares right sides together, draw a diagonal line corner to corner and sew 1/4 inch on either side of the line and cut on the line and then square up the block.

    Gladys Bacon-Rust on March 25, 2014
  • I use Thangles.

    Sallie on March 25, 2014
  • I like to have my strips to size, lay them on top of each other. Sew on either side of the middle line, which I mark with disappearing pen , then cut down the center line…now I have 2 half triangle squares.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win

    Marsa on March 25, 2014
  • I die cut HSTs with my Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutter, using dies from Sizzix and Accuquilt.

    —Dixie on March 25, 2014
  • I use my AccuquiltGo cutter to precisely cut them.

    —Nancy on March 25, 2014
  • HI, I use the 1/4″ ruler and mark in the middle and then sew two blocks together, after that I just cut .

    —Montserrat Duran on March 25, 2014
  • I use the small 1/4″ ruler and mark the center and sew blocks together, then cut. I also make them 1/4″ larger to be sure, then I size them.

    Small ones sew 2 blocks together again larger than the required size.

    Liz O'Neill on March 25, 2014
  • I’m new to quilting so I don’t know how to do it. I’m looking forward to learning with your method!

    —Kathy U. on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite method of making half-square triangles is with Triangles on a Roll. Wow! Some really great looking quilts in this new book from Gerri!

    —Becky in Georgia on March 25, 2014
  • I lay the 2 squares on top of each other, draw a line on the diagonal and sew 1/4″ on either side of the line and then cut the penciled line. Square up the half square triangle.

    —Patty Ojeda on March 25, 2014
  • I have probably used many methods for making triangles. Most frequently I one of two methods. First is using thangles. the other is putting two squares right sides together and drawing a line down the center. Sewing 1/4 inch on bothe sides of the center line. then cutting down the center line.

    —Marge buck on March 25, 2014
  • guess I have been doing it all the hard way. I’ve been taking equal size squares right side together, marking corner to corner, marking a quarter inch from that mark on each side and sewing then cutting. sometimes the size comes out right and sometimes it does not. I’m going to go hunt down an easy angle ruler. I am a 73 year old retired nurse, writer, crafter and novice quilter. Since 2007 I have been doing this (see web link) and have now sent out 175 dolls for kids with cancer and other devastating diseases.

    http://www.dollsforverysickkids.com

    wouldn’t those HST’s look cute around the bottom of one of the dolls nightgowns! (the dolls have a outside dress with lots of lace, then flips her skirt to become a girl doll wearing a sleepy face and nightgown. girls are 2 ft. tall and boys are 28 inches high.

    On fixed income and can’t afford full price books, so hoping I’ll win this one..if not, hope whomever does, really enjoys it.

    thanks got the chance to win

    Vickey Stamps

    Vickey Stamps on March 25, 2014
  • I often use half-square triangles in scrap quilts, using the two squares and diagonal line method. Because I work with novelty and picture prints a lot, I need to fussy cut and then use the old method of cutting triangles and joining on the diagonal seam. Important note here is to square off the joined squares before you assemble the blocks. Not to onerous once you get into it!

    —Hazelmay Duncan on March 25, 2014
  • Depends on the size I need. Using two squares of the same size and sewing around all 4 sides and cutting from corner to corner produces 4 same size HST blocks and can be done using any size squares. For small blocks, using the strip method works well. 2 strips sewn down each side and then cutting triangles using a template or ruler down one side, tuning the remaining cut up strip and cutting out more from the scrap side :c)

    —Jacquie on March 25, 2014
  • Triangles on a roll are my favorite way to make half square triangles.

    —Kathy on March 25, 2014
  • I use triangulations. I love being able to make any size I need without doing any math! Just print out on 40 lb. manilla paper, sew on the lines and cut apart. They come out perfect with the paper piecing.

    —Darlene Graham on March 25, 2014
  • I usually make my half squares by drawing a diagonal line across an over sized square and sewing 1/4″ across on either side and then trimming to the exact size that I need. It does take time to trim, but the perfect squares are so nice to work with.

    —Lura Campbell on March 25, 2014
  • I make half sq tri. using blks. 1 lg blk and 2 small blks set corner to corner.

    —venita on March 25, 2014
  • I take two squares right sides together and sew a line 1/4″ from a diagonally marked center line. I sew another 1/4″ line on the other side of the diagonal line and cut down the center and press open. I like to start with a square that is larger (maybe 1″ larger) than the finished half square triangle so I can trim it to the proper finishd size.

    —Jill on March 25, 2014
  • I usually cut two squares and sew down the middle, unless I am making a lot of them, then I use my own handmade "thangles" sheets.

    —Suzanne Orlando FL on March 25, 2014
  • i use quilter’s rule quick quarter

    tane ashley on March 25, 2014
  • I love using thangles

    —Peg on March 25, 2014
  • I use Thangles. They come in all sizes are very easy to use and you get perfect HST’s all the time.

    —Wendy P on March 25, 2014
  • As a brand new self-taught piecer, I have just been cutting them as triangles and then sewing them together. I am definitely going to try this technique!

    —LP Starr on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line. Then I sew a 1/4″ seam on each side of the line. But now that I’ve seen the video I’d like to try the Easy Angler ruler idea.

    —Carol Vickers on March 25, 2014
  • I draw a line down the middle of a set of 2 squares which are placed fronts together. Then sew 1/4 inch on each side and cut apart. This fabric looks lovely. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Diana on March 25, 2014
  • Jenny Doan method of right sides together, sew 1/4″ around , then cut corner to corner

    dianne on March 25, 2014
  • I use the Jenny Doan method of sewing 1/4″ around the edges of 2 squares, stacked right side to right side,and then cutting the squares on the diagonal.

    —GrrannyH on March 25, 2014
  • I like to make 8 at a time by putting two ten inch squares right sides together, mark an X corner to corner. Sew a quarter inch on each side, then cut top to bottom, side to side in the middle and along the marked lines for the X. I also like to use the easy angel ruler for strips. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

    —Maureen on March 25, 2014
  • Making half-square triangles, I put two squares together and sew two lines across from corner to corner.

    —Roberta Lamaere on March 25, 2014
  • I have just started quilting so I have not made any triangles yet. I would be a good subject to learn something new. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —June on March 25, 2014
  • I like to cut oversized squares, sew on either side of the diagonal, press open, then trim the HST to the proper size. That way, I don’t get distortion due to sewing bias edges together.

    —Jane Brown on March 25, 2014
  • I make my HST’s the same way that Gerri Robinson does. I learned first from Bonnie Hunter while making her "Easy Street" mystery.

    Tami Chaulk on March 25, 2014
  • Well, if I want to make them from jelly rolls, basically the same way – less waste.

    —Carol Y on March 25, 2014
  • Hi I cut a square and draw line down the digonal. Then I sew 1/4 inch on ether side of te diagonal. Works great.

    —sue sendelbach on March 25, 2014
  • I recently discovered how to use the Easy Angler ruler (even though I’ve owned it for years). I love to make 1/2 square triangles from jelly roll strips! It’s so easy.

    Normally I cut squares, mark a line diagonally from point to point, sew 1/4″ on each side, then cut. I just finished a queen size quilt with over 600 half square triangles using this method.

    —Diane Norden on March 25, 2014
  • I have just started quilting and am looking forward to learning this technique. Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Robyn Conners on March 25, 2014
  • lay 2 squares on top of each other, mark the diagonal and sew 1/4″ to each side of that mark and then cut apart on the mark

    —debbie pete on March 25, 2014
  • My half square triangle method is to use 2 squares ,right sides together, mark the diagonal and use my quarter inch foot to sew either side of the diagonal line. Then I cut the line and press open 2 half square triangles. Thanks.

    —Sue Morgan on March 25, 2014
  • I have been using the EZangle ruler for years — it is my favorite for making half square triangles. I also use the Companion Angle ruler for making the quarter triangle squares or combine them for flying geese. I like them because they allow so much flexibility with one size strip.

    —Carol Sc on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve usually just made them the way my quilt pattern tells me to! LOL. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been grumbling with some of the techniques, wondering if there’s a better way to do things. The most common type of HST I’ve made is where you have 2 squares, right sides together. Then you draw a diagonal line and sew 1/4″ on either side of that line. Cut on the line, press and voila! HST’s. :o) My friend Jane swears by the Easy Angle Ruler, so I need to get with the program and become proficient with one. This book looks awesome, lots of very creative designs, and would LOVE to win the fabric bundle!!

    Susan Mulvihill on March 25, 2014
  • I put two pieces of fabric right sides together, about 8″ or so. I draw a diagonal line in both directions and sew a scant quarter inch on both sides of each line. Then I cut the square down each diagonal line and smack dab down the center of each square vertically and horizontally. Awesome squares! Then size down to size I need.

    —Holly Lightfoot on March 25, 2014
  • I make my half square triangle by using the Easy Angle sometimes and other times cutting a square then cutting it on the diagonal. Making the 1/4″ seam. No marking. I do hold both ends and make sure the seam is 1/4″. The method depends on the pattern. I love to try it all.

    —Linda Christianson on March 25, 2014
  • I’m a bit of a newbie, but I’ve tried making half square triangles with the Nifty notions ruler and by marking a diagonal line on two squares of fabric, right sides together, stitching down each side of the line then cutting on the line. I have to say, I’m not very good at either–still working on a consistent 1/4″ seam. I look forward to trying new techniques and sewing more accurately.

    —Debbie on March 25, 2014
  • Same method as mentioned by many above: put 2 squares together,mark a diagonal line, sew a qtr inch seam at both sides and cut. Should try Gerri’s method

    —rivka hamdani on March 25, 2014
  • I use two squares of fabric, such as two charm squares. I put them right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam completely around the four outside edges of the square . Then I cut the square diagonally across from corner to corner in both directions. This yields four perfect half square triangles that can be cut down to size if needed..

    —Barbara Reifsnider on March 25, 2014
  • I have started to use two squares, Right sides together (RST). Sew completely around the square 1/4″ from cut edge. Then cut the square twice in 1/2 corner to corner. The outcome is 4 1/2 square triangles. These triangles are then on the bias, so you have to be careful not to stretch when sewing. Really fast and easy. But, I am now going to try this new technique. It looks really nice. Kimberly

    —Kimberly P on March 25, 2014
  • Draw line in middle of block, sew 1/4 in from drawn line….not the most effective I’m sure

    —Diane Gullett on March 25, 2014
  • Use the old-fashioned way: squares, rst, draw diagonal line on several sets of squares, sew 1/4″ on one side of line by chain piecing and then turn it all around and sew 1/4″ down the other side of the line. Cut apart, iron, trim and square them up. Would love new ruler with new method~! Thank you for the opportunity to win~!

    —Linda on March 25, 2014
  • I really love making 1/2 square triangles!! I have a blue special tool that you put corner to corner & mark in 3 places. Sew on the outside marks & cut the inside mark. Perfect seam allowance & squares EVERYTIME!!

    —Heather on March 25, 2014
  • Two squares together, draw a line on the diagonal down the middle, sew 1/4″ on either side , cut into two HST’s.

    —Rina on March 25, 2014
  • I put two layers of fabric, right sides together, and sew 1/4 in. around on all four sides. Then cut diagonally twice and you have 4 one half square triangles.

    —Deborah LeClaire on March 25, 2014
  • Love the Easy Angle Ruler – It changed my quilting life!!

    —Neomi Lauritsen on March 25, 2014
  • I have never tried to make them, but I am in a learning process!

    Janne Ellingsen on March 25, 2014
  • I sew around the outer edges of an appropriately sized then cut the 2 diagonals. 4 half square triangles very easy.

    —Leslie on March 25, 2014
  • I usually make them with light and dark large squares or rectangles right sided together, then sewing in a grid over the entire piece, then cutting apart on the appropriate lines. I know I did not explain this very well, but it works great for making a mountain of HST in a hurry.

    —Jennifer P on March 25, 2014
  • I made them from squares and then cut on the diagonal.

    —Carol Yemola on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve made HST’s from drawing a line and sewing on both sides, drawing lines top/bottom/diagonal both ways and sewing on both sides of all lines and sewing 1/4″ around all 4 sides and cutting on the diagonal. All those ways require trimming after sewing, which is the part of HST’s that I don’t like. Using the Easy Angle and Companion Angle reduces the trimming to size a good deal, though only with a lot of practice do they eventually all come out exactly right.

    —Jennifer on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares together right sides facing and sew them together with two diagonal rows of stitching 1/2″ apart. I then cut them apart between the lines of stitching. It helps that I have a corner to corner ruler.

    —Anna on March 25, 2014
  • I use preprinted foundation paper to insure accuracy when making HST’s. But I would love to try Gerri’s technique. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Pam S on March 25, 2014
  • I usually make them from squares, but have recently started using the "Triangulation" method and paper piecing… so quick and easy.

    —Lola Bryant on March 25, 2014
  • What a nice giveaway! I usually draw a diagonal line on the lighter of 2 squares, and sew 1/4″ away from it on each side. When I cut them apart and press, I have two HST! This has been my favorite method for years.

    —Lynette on March 25, 2014
  • i use paper cut outs and make a bunch ………..love the colors

    anna brown on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way is to make 8 at a time. For example for a 2″ finished square, I cut 2 pieces 6″ square. Sew diagonally 1/4″ away from a drawn line both directions making a double X through the middle. Then cut at the 3″ line horizontally and vertically, and without moving the fabric, cut on the drawn diagonal lines. This leaves me with a little fudge room to square them up perfectly since I don’t always sew exactly perfect.

    Thanks for the giveaway. The fabric is beautiful.

    —Ruth Rocker on March 25, 2014
  • I’m going to try this method. Looks so much easier, than marking the middle diagonally and sewing 1/4 inch on each side.

    —Cindy on March 25, 2014
  • My favourite is to lay the 2 squares on top of each other, draw a line on the diagonal and sew 1/4″ on either side of the line and then cut the penciled line.

    rosa on March 25, 2014
  • I have been making my HST by sewing around a square then cutting an X from corner to corner. I use the 4 HST to make a pinwheel or star.

    Betty drake on March 25, 2014
  • I follow the pattern instructions because the fabric yardage I purchase is based on the pattern. The usual way is 2 squares right sides together, draw diagonal line and then sew 1/4 inch on either side of line. Cut on drawn line, open and press.

    —Julie B on March 25, 2014
  • I have been stacking charm packs and sewing down the center of the diagonal , and then cutting 1/4th inch on either side.

    —Jean McMurry on March 25, 2014
  • Easy angle ruler is the only way I have done this.

    Hope Kehrhahn Hyatt on March 25, 2014
  • EasyAngle is the way to go for me. Occasionally I will use the triangle papers but not often.

    —Diana on March 25, 2014
  • I think the Easy Angle Ruler might be my new favorite way to make HST! I also like the two squares together, sew around the edge. Then cut two diagonal cuts! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabric!

    —Renee on March 25, 2014
  • I lay 2 squares on top of each other, right sides together and draw a line with a chalk marker on the diagonal then use my 1/4″ foot to sew 1/4″ on either side of the line. Then cut on the chalk line with my rotary cutter and mat. These are easy to chain stitch this way.

    —Catherine on March 25, 2014
  • I have been making HSTs lately with the Folded Corner Clipper tool…but in the case of scraps, I precut pairs of squares in half diagonally, then sew them as my leaders and enders….in no time I have enough for a quilt! Great giveaway! Love the fabric!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Diane Dashevsky on March 25, 2014
  • My preferred method is to take 2 squares, draw a diagonal line through, and then sew 1/4″ on either side of the line. I sometimes use other methods, but not very often.

    —Brenda T on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve never really worked with HST much. How’d that happen? Anyway, if I win, I guess I will get some experience! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Duane Wiley on March 25, 2014
  • I too put 2 squares tight sides together and draw a diagonal line, corner to corner, then sew 1/4″ away from the line on both sides, then cut. I’d love to learn this other technique. Plus "FAvorite Things" is the perfect color combination for a project I’d love to make for a special friend!

    —Lynne Donoghue on March 25, 2014
  • I make them the old fashioned way but I am always looking for quicker & easier ways to do things.

    —Diana Scott on March 25, 2014
  • I cut squares 7/8″ bigger than finished size, draw a diagonal line, sew 1/4″ on either side of it, and cut on the drawn line. I also use stitch & flip to make snowball type blocks.

    —Marca fritzemeier on March 25, 2014
  • I have just done the square with the seam 1/4″ from center. Will have to learn the other ways.

    —Joy on March 25, 2014
  • I do the two squares 1/2″ larger right side together. Draw line corner to corner and sew scant 1/4″ on each side, cut apart press. This looks like an option to try. thanks for the contest.

    —lavonne hansen on March 25, 2014
  • Sadly, since I don’t do half triangles that often…I just do it the old fashioned way. I hand stitch and then machine stitch. Twice the work, but…calming doing the hand stitching part.

    —Kelley on March 25, 2014
  • I typically sew the diagonal line twice & cut the squares apart. Or paper piece, depending on the project.

    —Elizabeth Smith on March 25, 2014
  • I put 2 squares together and make a mark down the middle. Sew 1/4 in on each side. and then press and make sure they are the right size. Sounds like a lot more work dont you think,

    —Margaret Schindler on March 25, 2014
  • It all depends on how big the starting fabric is, and how many HSTs I need. For my leader/ender project I draw a diagonal down the lighter colored square, and then sew 1/4″ on either side of it. Then I cut the pieces apart.

    —Danielle Wilson on March 25, 2014
  • I have tried many different techniques for HST’s and haven’t found one that works every time. I would like to try this technique with the larger ruler.

    —Terri Tresise on March 25, 2014
  • I like to use Triangulations or Triangles on a Roll. If I just need a couple, I use a quilter’s quarter. I will have to try this method!

    —Christine on March 25, 2014
  • As host of HST swaps, I find that the best all around way to make HST’s is to cut two squares 1/2 inch larger than your unfinished block size. Place right sides together and pin so that when you are chain sewing, the material does not slip out of alignment. On the lighter fabric, draw a diagonal line. Sew a scant 1/4″ on both sides of the drawn line. Cut on the drawn line. You then have two HST units. Trim to correct size and cut off the ears.

    I would be thrilled to find this ruler next time I head to my local quilt shop. Looming forward to an easier/faster method.

    —Marcia on March 25, 2014
  • I use the easy angle but I NEED the

    Mary Barts on March 25, 2014
  • I use several different methods to make HSTs. The Easy Angle Ruler is the latest in my repertoire. I’ve also used Thangles and just cutting squares in half. I would love these fabrics to incorporate in my scrappy quilts.

    mandy laseter on March 25, 2014
  • My absolute favorite way to make half-square triangles is to use triangle paper. They are always accurate.

    —Rose Anderson on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve been practising marking the diagonal and sewing the quarter inch on each side, well I’m getting better at half-square triangles now, they were my great fear. I’ve even bought some triangle papar rolls that I will try shortly, and see where that takes me…

    —Inger Martinson on March 25, 2014
  • I usually put 2 squares together-use Fons & Porter marker to mark 1-4 inch from the corner to corner sew on the lines and then cut from corner to corner

    —valerie csmith on March 25, 2014
  • I a beginner, so it’s easier for me to use YouTube tutorials as I am a visual learner. That said, I have used one method so far. Taking a 5 or 10 inch square, stitch a 1/4″ seam all around the outside and then cut diagonally. This works for me, but as I progress, I’m sure I’ll find lots of great ways.

    —Jean Carpenter on March 25, 2014
  • I have learned to do triangles 2 different ways and each way has their good points about it. I like using my triangles in the pinwheels and flying geese, I am sure there is many ways use the triangles and I am still learning how to use them. They are so easy to make and they make beautiful quilts.

    —Sharon Tente-Clarke on March 25, 2014
  • I was taught to do HST by putting 2 squares right sides together and marking down the middle. Then sew 1/4 inch on each side, cut up the middle and tada! you have 2!

    —Naomi on March 25, 2014
  • I sew two squares together 1/4″ away from the center diagonal linen and then cut on the center diagonal line. I cut my squares a bit larger than necessary and then use the Quilt in a Day Triangle Square Up Ruler to trim the HSTs to size before pressing open.

    —Karen Seitz on March 25, 2014
  • The method I like is first drawing a line on the wrong side of one square from corner to corner. then put 2 squares right sides together. sew 1/4″ from each side of line then cut on the line and you have 2 HST.

    —Peggy on March 25, 2014
  • Usually I make HSTs four at a time sewing and cutting diagonally on a large square. I’ve also used a regular quilting ruler’s angle lines to use jelly roll strips, but the special ruler looks like it would do a better job—going to try it! Always love sewing Gerri’s designs! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Caryn Goulden on March 25, 2014
  • I use the same ruler that Geri does! Works great why change it!??

    —Denise/Folsom,Calif. on March 25, 2014
  • I place two squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line, sew 1/4″ away from line on each side. Cut on the drawn line, and have two blocks. I am very interested in this technique though.

    —Cindy Garaas on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve tried several methods of making HSTs, but I’ve recently been introduced to Jo Morton’s method and I plan to use it in the future. I love the "Favorite Things" fabric and Gerri’s new book!

    —Billie Carter on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to make half square triangles is to place 2 squares of the same size fabric right sides together. Draw a line corner to corner crosswize, then stitch 1/4″ from the line on both sides. Cut on the line and press the half squares open.

    —CarolAnn H on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to cut half square or quarter square triangles is to use the technique demonstrated by Jenny Doan of missouri star’s tutorial

    —Rochelle on March 25, 2014
  • To make half square triangles, place two squares of fabric right sides together, draw a diagonal on one square, stitch a scant 1/4 inch seam along both sides of the line. When you cut on the line you will have two half square triangles. Now, I always start with slightly larger squares than the pattern suggests and take the time to square up the blocks. That is the only way to end up with accurate half square triangles and perfect points when you sew them together.

    —Ruth Fenton on March 25, 2014
  • I use triangle paper sometimes, but most often I cut my squares, sandwich them right sides together, draw a line from corner to corner and sew 1/4 of an inch on either side of the drawn line. Then cut the square apart on the drawn line. Press open to the dark side and presto…done!

    —Catherine Olesky on March 25, 2014
  • I LOVE HSTs!!! I like to do squares-rt sides together-sew two 1/4in seams typically. Sew excited for this book!!!

    —Andie Carlson on March 25, 2014
  • I have used the Easy Angle for years. It is great!

    —Martha on March 25, 2014
  • My HST are made from squares with two rows stitching then slices down centre creating two HST’s.

    —Narelle Lowcock on March 25, 2014
  • If I want, for instance, a 2″ finished square, I cut one light and one dark 2 7/8″ squares and then draw a line down the center on the light square and then I stitch 1/4″ from center on both sides and then cut on the center square. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

    —Sandra Strickland on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares together, right sides together, and sew on either side of a diagonally drawn line then cut down the center between the two sewn lines.

    Nita on March 25, 2014
  • Put squares right side together, sew 1/4″ around the edges and then cut across corner to corner.

    —robyn jones on March 25, 2014
  • Triangles on a roll….unfortunately

    —Linda Carter on March 25, 2014
  • I use the triangle rulers from Omnigrid and Easy Angle. I love being able to cut my strips in uniform sizes and then just cut the triangle pairs from strips…having half as many dog ears is nice, too!

    Beth Strand on March 25, 2014
  • I learned about the easy angle ruler from Bonnie Hunter. I have been using it for years and am always trying to change patterns so I can use it! Love the easy angle ruler.

    —Betty on March 25, 2014
  • Using a pencil (marking tool), I draw a diagonal line on one piece of fabric’s wrong side and matching up with another square, stitch 1/4 inch on either side. Cut on diagonal line. I have a tape marking the center of my needle and if the corners of the fabric are aligned with the tape edge, the diagonal line will be true. Lovely patterns, lovely fabric–thank you for a change to win.

    —Clara Chandler on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way is the put 2 squares face-to-face, use my Omnigrid little thingy that lets me draw a sewing line either side of center, sew the two lines, then cut down the center. Great HST’s!

    —Sharon Theriault on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares together, mark them with my Quick Quarter ruler, sew and cut them apart.

    —MoeWest on March 25, 2014
  • I prefer using a triangle ruler to cut my hst from strips.

    —Dawn Reins on March 25, 2014
  • I use either of two methods, drawing a diagonal line on the square and sewing 1/4″ on either side of it, or using strips and the special ruler to make my HSTs. Either method works well, it just depends on my mood and if the fabric is long enough to cut into strips!

    —Joanne Smith on March 25, 2014
  • I place two squares on top of each other, draw a line on the diagonal, sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line, then cut on the line.

    —Dana Thurman on March 25, 2014
  • What a great giveaway. Would love to win.

    Jackie on March 25, 2014
  • I love to make 2″ finished triangles and use different techniques depending on the size of the fabric I am using. If 2 1/2 strips, then I use the easy angle ruler. If 6″ square or bigger and I am making lots, I use triangle on a roll.

    —Sue P on March 25, 2014
  • Nem igazán szeretek háromszöget varrni,mert nagyon nyúlik az átlónál.
    A négyzet átlójától jobbra -balra egy talpszélességben levarrom és elvágom az átlónál.köszönöm Giveaway.

    Telma on March 25, 2014
  • I put two fabrics right sides together and mark a line from corner to corner then mark 1/4 inch mark on each side of the center line and stich on the 1/4 inch lines on both sides of the center line. Then cut on center corner to corner line and you have two HST. Looking forward to some great projects in the book of A Cut Above.

    —Dot on March 25, 2014
  • I either use triangle paper or I place 2 squares on top of each other and sew a 1/4 inch all around the edge of the squares. Then cut 2 x diagonal and 2 times in half. Done. Thanks for a chance!

    Barb in MI on March 25, 2014
  • I do them as many people do, right sides together, 2 stitch lines and cut between the lines; I like the easy angle ruler systems, seems that it would save time. Thanks for tutorial.
    Carol

    —Carol on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares together and sew 1/4″ along the diagonal on both sides, then cut in half on the diagonal. Love the projects pictured from the new book!

    —Kimberly C on March 25, 2014
  • Put 2 quarters right side together, draw a line and sew at both sides.

    —Hanke on March 25, 2014
  • As a general rule, when making half-square triangles, I take 2 squares, draw a line from corner to corner, then sew 1/4″ on both sides of the line. Then I cut on the line, and have 2 half-square triangles. Thanks for giving us a chance to win!!

    —Vivian Oaks on March 25, 2014
  • I with the group that puts the right sides together and stitches 1/4 inch all the way around, cut on the diagonal both ways and voila! half square triangles!

    —Beverly Beckman on March 25, 2014
  • I use my AccuQuilt GO because I have a left hand that is paralyzed and it is hard to cut straight lines with a rotary cutter. Awesome relief to me. Corners are even cut so easy to match.

    —Patty Swatzell on March 25, 2014
  • I usually sew 1/4 inch from the center line of the diagonal of a square on either side. Cut it down the middle and there you go!

    —Delinda on March 25, 2014
  • My usual method for half square triangles is to use the Quilt In A Day Triangle Square Up Ruler.
    I love the designs in your new book!

    —Bonnie on March 25, 2014
  • I make 1/2 sq triangles all 3 traditional methods – 2 sq together draw a diagnol line ,sew on both sides; The Missouri Star way of sewing around 2 sq then cutting both diagnols and sometimes I use one of the preprinted paper products. Depends on my mood.

    —caroline Rohrer on March 25, 2014
  • I use the easy angle ruler. I am working on a mystery quilt that uses two triangle per block and this is the first time I have done triangles. Very forgiving method. I love it.

    Kathleen King on March 25, 2014
  • I put the squares together mark from corner to corner sew 1/4 in from that on both sides and them cut on the line.. The fabric is beautiful!

    —Gigi lange on March 25, 2014
  • To make my HSTs I put 2 squares right sides together – draw a diagonal line – stitch 1/4″ both sides of the line – then cut along the line – press to the dark side – voila!
    Thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous fabric.

    —Pauline on March 25, 2014
  • I usually use Thangles triangle papers if I have a lot of half squares to do.

    —Sharon Grulkowski on March 25, 2014
  • The wrong way, obviously!!!

    —Red Fox on March 25, 2014
  • Sometimes I use the square method(drawing a line diagonally and stitching a quarter inch away)’ sometimes I use Thangles, and sometimes I just cut a triangle and sew. It depends on the project,

    —Cindy on March 25, 2014
  • My favourite method is placing two 5″ squares right sides together, sewing around the entire perimeter with a 1/4″ seam, pressing and then cutting diagonally corner to corner,with my ruler and blade. Super easy 🙂

    Mary Nemarich on March 25, 2014
  • I like to make 8 at a time. I cut 2 square (not to small). Sew diagonally 1/4″ away from a drawn line both directions making a X in the middle. Then I cut at the middle horizontally and vertically through the middle of the X and after that, and without moving the fabric, I cut on the drawn diagonal lines.

    Wivi on March 25, 2014
  • Two squares put together, use quarter inch ruler, mark line, sew and cut and trim to desire measurment.

    —Susan H on March 25, 2014
  • I use two squares of fabric, right sides together. I draw a line from corner to corner on the diagonal, and sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. Then I use a rotary cutter and ruler and cut on the diagonal line.

    —Michele T on March 25, 2014
  • I like to make half square triangles by the following method:

    Cut two squares, one in each of your chosen two colours. Add 7/8th of an inch to the finished size you require your square to be. e.g. for a finished 3″ half square triangle you will cut your squares 3 & 7/8th inches. Cut the required number of squares you will need. Each 2 squares produce 2 half square triangles. Layer and line up two different coloured squares on top of one another RIGHT sides together. Draw a line diagonally from one of the top corners to the opposite bottom corner, repeat with all your square. Line up your 1/4″ machine foot with the drawn line on the square and sew from corner to corner. Chain piece the rest of your squares in this fashion. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the drawn line. When you have completed this step clip the joining threads then take your rotary cutter and ruler and cut each square on the drawn line between the sewn lines. Press the squares open (press to the darkest fabric). Trim the ears of all you half square triangles and voila you are ready to twist and turn your squares to make a pattern that pleases you.

    —Norma Franks on March 25, 2014
  • I like to sew two ten inch squares all around the outside edge then cut them diagonally to make four half square triangles.

    —Dorisjean on March 25, 2014
  • Using my Marti Michelle ruler and Marsha McCloskeys bias strip piecing method I am able to create perfectly formed, no dog ears HSTs with hardly any wastage, barely a thread thrown out!

    —Julie on March 25, 2014
  • If I have Thangles around, I will use those and if I don’t have any, I will use the technique where you draw lines on each and every square, which I think is exceedingly time consuming. So I am eager to watch this video about the Easy Angler and see if that’s going to help with the half square triangles. Thank you very much.

    —Margaret on March 25, 2014
  • I sew 2 5′ squares right sides together and then cut them down the middle on an angle.

    —Sylvia Anderson on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to make HST is to place two squares of fabrics right sides together, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Stitch 1/4 " on both sides of the drawn line, cut apart on the drawn line. And now you have two HST. Second favorite, Thangles.

    —Florence Gray on March 25, 2014
  • I make use triangle papers to make HSTs.

    —Ida Lawson on March 25, 2014
  • Ashamed to say I do with the old way with templates.

    —Katherine Sarlay on March 25, 2014
  • I am new to the quilting world and have not sewn any half square triangles yet. I am truly amazed at how easy Gerry makes them with the Easy Angled Tool. On my next visit to the fabric store (or maybe search on line now) I will be getting me one. It was a great treat to see all of the remarkable quilts you showcased today. Very inspiring and I really hope to learn this and make a masterpiece of a quilt for me! I am itching to get started…you can tell I’m new to this..can’t you? Sorry for the long post but I really am wanting to learn all there is to learn!! Thank you so much!

    —Penny Kitzmiller on March 25, 2014
  • Beautiful fabric!! I make 4 HSTs by sewing 1/4 inches around the edge of two square fabrics and cutting an X from corner to corner. Does that make sense? It is tricky to explain.

    —Sandra W on March 25, 2014
  • I use the ‘Easy Angle" to cut half-square triangles.

    —Jane on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to make HSTs is to cut two squares and place right sides together, sew all the way around all 4 sides and then cut across the squares from corner to corner, I learned that from a YouTube video..

    —Susan Best on March 25, 2014
  • I place two fabric squares right sides together, sew 1/4 inch seam allowance around all four sides, and cut apart on the diagonal. It’s a fast and easy way to make half-square triangles.

    —Florence on March 25, 2014
  • I put 2 squares together, mark them diagonally on both sides of the center, stitch, and cut

    —NancyB from Many LA on March 25, 2014
  • draw diagonal then sew 1/4 inch in from each side, cut, press, open

    —Flor Chavarria on March 25, 2014
  • I still do the old fashioned way…one at a time sewing on either side of diagonal line of 2 squares facing each other, then squaring them up to the right size. I use the Quick Quarter ruler when doing this and find they come out quite accurate. I am still a pinner. I know some girls can just buzz right through them, but not me lol. Actually I do the whole process in steps…cut squares, pin together, draw lines, then sew away til they are all done. Square up and pile up.

    —Nancy on March 25, 2014
  • I sew the same size squares together around the whole outside edge and then cut from corner to corner and iron open.

    —Peggy Moller on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve tried Thangles (don’t like removing the papers), marking two sewing lines with a half inch ruler (not bad) and I’m about to try InkLingo (results to be seen)

    —Judith Gale on March 25, 2014
  • I have watched your video….I am new at this, and haven’t tried it yet, but I thought it was
    such a great idea doing it that way, instead of cutting triangles…….

    —Karen Fink on March 25, 2014
  • It’s been so long since I’ve tried I forget the method I used! This one is definitely worth a try. Thank you!

    —Teri on March 25, 2014
  • I usually use the two squares method. I draw a diagonal line and sew 1/4 inch away on both sides. I used the Fons and Porter ruler in the quilt I am making now because I had precut strips.

    —Barb on March 25, 2014
  • Right sides together, line diagonally drawn through opposite corners. Stitch a scant 1/4 " either side of the line, cut down the middle, press open!

    —Claudia C Chapman on March 25, 2014
  • I take two squares, right side together, sew all four sides. Then cut from corner to corner, turn and cut corner to corner again

    —Barbara Weygandt on March 25, 2014
  • I do not make half square triangles because every time I do they stretch and nothing fits properly.
    This is very frustrating , so this is why I do not attempt them any more.
    I know I miss out on a lot of beautiful patterns this way but that’s just the way it is.
    Thanks for letting me comment.

    —Marion on March 25, 2014
  • I could see using the method in the video if you had strips of fabric, but I prefer to use the "Two-fer" method where you twice sew opposite ends of a square before cutting between the sewing lines. That way you have 2 HST blocks. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great fabrics.

    —Rosemary on March 25, 2014
  • I always use the method of placing two squares, right sides together, stitching a quarter inch away from the middle and cutting on the middle. I do like the look of the triangles with this easy ruler, and what a fun book Gerri has created – neat patterns!

    Barb N on March 25, 2014
  • I usually take a square and stitch 1/4 on either side of center line, cut apart and then trim to size.

    —Kim W on March 25, 2014
  • I find the "Wondercut Ruler" makes accurate triangles. I just completed a quilt with hundreds and hundreds of tiny half square triangles and I tested several methods before I began the project. This ruler worked best for me!

    —Mary on March 25, 2014
  • I use the diagonal line a line on each side 1/4 apart, sew, and cut. I am going to try your way.

    —wanda spain on March 25, 2014
  • I cut two squares that are the same size. Using a ruler with a quarter inch marking, I will mark quarter inch sewing line on either side of the center diagonal line with a pencil(never a pen as they will bleed). I usually do this on one of the squares (usually the lighter). Then, placing the two squares right-sides together, I then sew along these lines and then cut the squares in two along the center diagonal line. I sew a lot of triangle square block using an assembly line sewing.

    —Jennifer on March 25, 2014
  • I make my half square triangles using squares then draw a line down the middle and sew a 1/4 inch on each side of the line. Great giveaway.

    —Diana Collins on March 25, 2014
  • As a fairly new quilter, I would have to say ‘very slowly and very carefully’ is the best technique for me right now. Especially for anything that doesn’t involve a square or rectangle!

    —S ADRIANNE MCCANN on March 25, 2014
  • Hi,
    Without having the Easy Angle I have found the following method simplest for me –
    . place 2 squares right sides together
    . Stitch around all 4 sides
    . Cut each square diagonally once or twice according to pattern
    . Press seams open

    The easy angle looks very easy to use to make nice accurate half square triangles. I hope to find one here in Australia.

    Thank you for the chance to,win the beautiful red Rooster pack.

    —Linda Beyerle on March 25, 2014
  • I sew two squares together using 1/4 inch seam and then cut on the diagonal! Thanks!

    —Lee on March 25, 2014
  • Love the versitility of 1/2 square triangles. Nice patterns

    Janie steele on March 25, 2014
  • I cut my 2 strips 7/8 larger than finished size then cut strips 7/8 wider than finished square draw 1/4 line on either side of diagonal with chalk marker sew on seam allowance for stack of squares then sew the other seam allowance with rotary cut squares apart and then press. I find with this method I do not have fabric distortion sewing on the bias.

    Vicki

    —Vicki on March 25, 2014
  • Imsew squares on the diagonal and then cut into triangles. Love making flying geese quilrs. This would be good for my dad. He would love it.

    —Julie Urbancik on March 25, 2014
  • If I need many HSTs of the same color combo, I like to use a grid that I’ve saved on my computer. Along the idea of the thangles but makes 12 units at a time (they are set up two squares across and 3 down). I print it out on my paper piecing paper (Carol Doaks is what I’m liking now. Pin the paper to two large rectangles of fabric that fit the finished printed paper (right sides tog and dark fabric next to paper). Sew along dashed lines and cut on the solid ones. I keep the papers on while pressing to the dark side. Paper helps keep unit from distorting during pressing. Since the dark fabric and the paper will be pressed over along the seam line, the paper rips off very easily too.

    —Wendy on March 25, 2014
  • I use the triangle cd and print papers to stitch on make many at a time and always perfect.

    —sandy on March 25, 2014
  • I usually make 1/2 square triangles with squares, but recently have tried the Easy Angle and find it is quite nice not to have to draw lines on the back of squares. I may use it alot more in the future.

    —Marie Atkinson on March 25, 2014
  • Depends on how many I need. For just a few, 2 squares together, 1/4″ s.a. on either side of center, cut and press to go. For quite a few, I love the bias strip technique and Marsha McCloskey’s wonderful ruler.

    —Patricia Hersl on March 25, 2014
  • I have only just started doing HSTs, and I saw online a way to do 4 at a time. Put 2 squares together, sew 1/4 inch seams all the way around, and then cut both diagonals. Easy, peasy

    —Terri van Gulik on March 25, 2014
  • I use the Easy Angle ruler a la Bonnie Hunter. I also make HSTs w/goose poop if you know what that is.

    LOL!! I’m guessing that by "goose poop", you are referring to the waste triangles from Flying Geese?
    ~Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Sharon Hughson on March 25, 2014
  • Ive used the easy angle ruler before and it works quite nicely. Ive also sarted with two large squares, right sides together, then sewn around the perimeter. After that you slice the square diagonally twice and you have 4 hsts! Thanks!

    —LisaT on March 25, 2014
  • I cut squares and draw a line down the diagonal and then sew on either side 1/4 inch from the line and cut down the center. Quick and easy.

    —Christina on March 25, 2014
  • I draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of a square, I then place another same size square under it so right sides are together. I sew 1/4 inch from that line on each side and then cut down the middle.

    —Lorraine on March 25, 2014
  • I use the traditional method to make HST which I put two square fabric right side together, draw a 45 degree line on the light fabric, sew a line along side of both ends of the 45 degree line using 1/4″ seam allowance, then cut the square on the 45 degree line and here we are, two HST. I made a lot of HST using this method and find it easier to make HST this way because it has less cutting and avoid the bias cutting as well. That’s just my own opinion only.

    Christine

    —Christine on March 25, 2014
  • Believe it or not I still just cut out each half square triangle individually. I use scraps primarily and have yet to try any of the gadget rulers.

    —Valerie on March 25, 2014
  • I make HSTs by using the same ruler Gerri uses, I love it and use it all the time.

    —Janet Crossman on March 25, 2014
  • Triangles On A Roll! Have used many different sizes and they turn out beautifully. Tho may give this ruler a shot!

    —Barbara Center on March 25, 2014
  • I cut two squares the same size, one inch larger that the size needed. I put them right side together and using a quarter inch ruler draw a diagonal line on the lighter fabric using a pencil. I then sew a scant 1/4 inch on each side of the line. I cut and press. then I use an hst ruler to square up each hst. This procedure has made my hst and piecing alot more accurate. PS would love to win

    —Barbara on March 25, 2014
  • I found the easiest way for me is to put 2 squares right sides together, sew all 4 sides and then cut corner to corner. I would love to try this new way how Gerri demonstrates above.

    —Julie A. on March 25, 2014
  • Love the quilts in this book. Great technique for a ruler I already have.

    —Tina on March 25, 2014
  • I have a Go! Die cutter that cuts the triangles for HSTs for me. Easy, peasy! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Linda Halcomb on March 25, 2014
  • I use HST papers, love ’em amd makes ’em fast!

    —Teri on March 25, 2014
  • I use the Wonder Cut Ruler or either start with squares, mark diagonal, and stitch on both sides of the line and cut on line.

    —Geni Pickens on March 25, 2014
  • I use Accuquilt for mine

    —bonnie on March 25, 2014
  • I always use Triangles on a Roll. They give me the best half squares!

    —Kathie on March 25, 2014
  • E Z Angle is great for strips…but I love Triangulations to paper piece them if making from yardage!!

    —Irene on March 25, 2014
  • HST from squares, trim to size.

    —Teresa on March 25, 2014
  • Two squares right sides together, draw line corner to corner and i/4″ seam on either side of the line.

    —Donna B on March 25, 2014
  • HST: I really haven’t tried a particular method, yet. But I’m willing to try them all!

    —Grace on March 25, 2014
  • I use whatever method best suits my need for #s of pieces. Sometimes I mark the back of the light and sew ¼" on each side to make two HSTs, others I will sew all the way around two squares and cut on the diag to make four HSTs, and sometimes I sew ¼" on both sides of the middles and diagonals and cut apart to make 8.

    —Leslie on March 25, 2014
  • Two squares RST, sew diagonal line and cut. I really don’t like to make these. So time consuming! I will be looking at new ways!

    —nancy d on March 25, 2014
  • I use the Fons and Porter half and quarter ruler with strips to make my hst. Bought it about 3 months ago and love it. Really enjoy Gerri’s patterns and new fabric lines. Can’t wait to make one. Also enjoy shopping at Red Rooster whenever I’m in Dublin visiting my son and family. Hoping to stop by during a trip this week.

    —Laura Williams on March 25, 2014
  • I use 5″ squares of fabric, right sides together, press, draw a pencil line from corner to opposite corner, sew 1/4″ to each side of the line. Cut down the pencil line. Press. Love all the fabrics and love playing with pre-cuts.

    —Susan Geary on March 25, 2014
  • Just learning this! Draw a line corner to corner and sewing seam on either side then cutting down the center BTW put 2 squares together and do this?

    —Karen Truitt on March 25, 2014
  • I use the method of two squares together, line on the diagonal, sew 1/4″ either side, cut, press – voila! Two HSTs done! I’m going to try the version where you can make FOUR HSTs from two squares – woohoo!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Liz

    —Elizabeth Bolton on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve never made half-square triangles. Not yet, at least. I’m a newbie. I’ve been doing mostly strips and precut squares, or just simple squares and rectangles. I need to learn this technique! I’m ready to branch out.
    Thanks for the chance!

    —Lynne Tilley on March 25, 2014
  • I have made half square triangles many ways but my favorite is to stack two squares RS together, stitch a quarter inch around all outside edges and the slash the square on both diagonals to get four HST. The edges are bias edges but I have little problem with them distorting. The Easy Angle ruler looks like another easy way for HST. This is a terrific giveaway. Thanks.

    —Audrey on March 25, 2014
  • If I am needing pairs of the same squares I cut a square and draw a diagonal line and see 1/4″ away on each side. If I need different machines I like using the accu go and having the notches cut for me.

    —Diane P on March 25, 2014
  • oLA BOA NOITE, EU USO RÉGUA FÁCIL E TIRAS DE VIES SINTO PRAZER EM MINHA VIDA EM PODER COMUNICAR COM VOCÊS QUE SÃO UM MESTRE NESTA ÁREA MUITO BRIGADO ESTOU A CADA DIA APREDENDO MAIS E MAIS COM VOCÊS MESTRE UM ABRAÇ

    Translation: Hello good EVENING, I USE EASY RULER and STRIPS of VIES PLEASURE in MY LIFE to BE ABLE to COMMUNICATE with YOU are a MASTER in THIS AREA MUCH FOUGHT I’m LEARNING more and more EVERY DAY with YOU a HUG.

    —IRENE PEREIRA on March 25, 2014
  • If I’m making a lot of them, I like to use Eleanor Burns’ method, where you get eight at a time. If I’m only making a few, I will draw a diagonal line down the center of the square, stitch 1/4″ on either side of the line, then cut down the center to get two units.

    —Z Any Mouse on March 25, 2014
  • I think I’ve tried all of the methods! BUT, my favorite is just putting 2 squares together & drawing the three diagonal quarter-inch lines, sewing the 2 outside lines, & cutting on the middle line to make 2 sets! (Love your patterns above!)

    —Beth Welman on March 25, 2014
  • Well, I either draw a diagonal line down two squares put right sides together, or I use a ruler.

    —Sue Cleek on March 25, 2014
  • I cut the squares 2 7/8″, 4 7/8″, etc. – whatever size you want. The 7/8″ makes the hst 2 1/2″, etc. After placing two squares wrong sides together, I draw a diagonal line on the back and sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. Then I cut on the drawn line. Perfect hst’s every time. Thanks for the great giveaway. The fabric is beautiful.

    —Nancy on March 25, 2014
  • Place two squares right sides together. Draw diagonal. Sew 1/4″ on either side of diagonal. Cut down diagonal and press both open. Tried and true!

    —Kathleen B on March 25, 2014
  • I usually make my half square triangles by sewing around a square of fabric and then cutting to make the triangles. I also use the method where you draw a diagonal line on a square that is placed on a second square RST. Sew 1/4 inch on either side of the line then cut on the original line marked. I would love to try Gerri’s method using the special ruler.

    —Linda Zumwalt on March 25, 2014
  • I put 2 squares together. sew diagonally a 1/4 inch on each side of a drawn from corner to corner. I cut them apart

    cathy dewoody on March 25, 2014
  • I take two squares, right sides together, draw 2 diagonal lines, sew 1/4″ on either side of each line, then cut along each line and cut again vertically and horizontally thru the center of the square…to get 4 half square triangles. I use a LocBlock ruler to square up the HST’s. I love this method and get perfect HST’s every time…hardly have to measure or pin for perfect piecing. I love Gerri’s patterns and have made several of her earlier patterns. Thanks! Diana

    —Diana Williams on March 25, 2014
  • HST – With 2 squares right sides together, I mark a diagonal line on the back of one of the squares and sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line, cut on the drawn line and then square up the half-square triangles. Thank you for the chance to win!

    —Pam on March 25, 2014
  • I cut 2 square and sew diagonally 1/4″ away from a drawn line both directions making a X in the middle. Then cut at the middle horizontally & vertically through the middle of the X, then cut on the drawn diagonal lines. The blue & tan Red Rooster fabric is stunning!

    Cindy

    Cindy Malone on March 25, 2014
  • I use the Easy Angle ruler too. It seems to make more accurate HSTs. The fabrics are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win them.

    —Deborah DeBerry on March 25, 2014
  • the way I most often make half square triangles is to cut a square 1 inch
    larger then the finished size I want, draw a diagonal line and sew 1/4 inch
    to each side then cut on the line and press open, results in a pair of half
    square triangle blocks that if necessary can be trimmed to size.

    —Sue on March 25, 2014
  • I make 1/2 square triangles with the Triangulations software or your method with 2 1/2 inch strips.

    —Brenda Lupton on March 25, 2014
  • oops… make that 2 squares RST then there is less chance of stretching on bias cut edges.

    —Sue on March 25, 2014
  • Two squares. Draw a diagonal line. Sew quarter inch on each side. Cut apart. Square it up.
    Would love to win the fabric it is beautiful. Thank you so much for the chance at a great win!

    —Lu on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to make quick HST? Put squares right side together, sew 1/4″ around the edges and then cut across corner to corner
    I will have to try this method now. Anything that makes it easy, quick and accurate. That’s for me

    —Christine on March 25, 2014
  • I cut the squares & put two right sides together. Draw a line on the diagonal & sew 1/4 in on either side of line. Then I cut on the line I have drawn to separate them.

    —Beverley Moore on March 25, 2014
  • It depends on what I’m using, if it’s scraps then I cut squares, draw the diagonal line and having met right side – I sew on bot side of the line to create 2 new units. If I’m using yardage I may strip piece and use a ruler to cut the units.

    —Donna Street on March 25, 2014
  • I use triangle paper.

    —Barb Turner on March 25, 2014
  • Cut two squares 1″ larger than finished hst, sew two squares together 1/4″ from diagonal line, cut apart on diagonal and ta-dah…. trim if needed.

    —Tonie Peterson on March 25, 2014
  • I have made HST using two charm packs squares, right sides together, and sewing a 1/4 inch seam around the perimeter. Cut diagonally from corner to corner and you have it! I am not an experienced quilter, just getting started at 54, so I love all the tips. 🙂 Love the Favorite Things collection!! I am attempting to make some pillows and a quilt for my sister as it is a perfect match for the colors in her home. She has been a life long quilter, so the bar is already set pretty high. Wish me luck!!!

    —CAROLYN on March 25, 2014
  • I do it 2 ways. Two pieces together and sew point to point. Also 2 pieces right sides together and sew 1/4″ all the way around the square then make two cuts point to point. You end up with 4-1/2 Sq triangles.

    —Colleen Thomas on March 25, 2014
  • I learned a really easy way watching a McCalls Youtube video. You aly the 2 squares on top of each other and and draw a line from corner to corner diaginaly acroos the top square.Sew a 1/4″ seam on each side of the line and cut on line then press open.

    Rita McCart on March 25, 2014
  • It depends how many I need for my project. If I only need a few, I do them any number of ways. My favorite method to use, when I need quite a few, is to sew 2 fabric strips together in a tube. I then use a Triangle Square Up Ruler to cut them out. The fastest way ever, to knock out a bunch of HSTs in a flash!

    —Susan on March 25, 2014
  • I like putting two squares together, and sewing down either side of the diagonal center, then cutting apart and pressing. I read somewhere that you can get less distortion if you press each triangle open before cutting them apart. I also chain piece. And I cut bigger whenever I can, and trim to the size I need (I need a 3 1/2″ square, so instead of cutting two squares 3 7/8, I cut 4″ squares, sew, press, and trim down to 3 1/2″)–there’s less distortion and more accuracy with trimming. When I first learned that two years ago, I thought it was a waste of time to trim. But you need to trim the dog ears anyway, and trimming is accurate.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Rachell R on March 25, 2014
  • I use my skinny little blue ruler to draw lines. Sometimes I do them by hand in front of the TV. They are sometimes imperfect but I do it to feed my soul, not to create perfection.

    —Cindy Maskal on March 25, 2014
  • My preferred method for HSTs is laying 2 large squares together, sewing 1/4″ around the 4 outside edges, then cutting diagonally from corner to corner both ways. The edges are bias, but I spritz the squares with sizing & iron them together before sewing. Haven’t had any problems. Thanks.

    —Joyce Mitchell on March 25, 2014
  • I use a traditional method: put two fabrics together, draw a diagonal line corner to corner, sew 1/4″ on either side of the line, cut on the marked line and enjoy. But first–I get a big kick out of pairing fabrics and spend a lot of time testing things and imagining results.

    —Rosanne B. Berton on March 25, 2014
  • Love the book and will purchase it. I am new a quilter.
    I’ve only made three quilts but I am willing to give it a try. "Nothing beats a failure but a try"-that’s what my grandmother taught me years ago.

    —Anne Alston on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares right sides together and sew 1/4″ around the edges. Spray lightly with sizing and press. Cut diagonal X. and then use those pieces to make a pinwheel.

    —Janet on March 25, 2014
  • I make them in many different ways, the traditional way, the Easy Angle and the AccuQuilt dies.

    Connie Campbell on March 25, 2014
  • Thank you for the opportunity to win the beautiful fabric or your book and magnets.

    I make HST’s the same way most of the other quilters above do, using 2 squares, drawing the diagonal line, sewing 1/4 inch on both sides of the line, then cutting them part along that drawn line. I’ve recently learned how to use templates to layer two fabrics RST, cut around the template, then sew along the long side of the triangles which is very similar to Gerri’s method. I’d like to try the ruler and strips to reduce the amount of cutting. It is good to know multiple ways to achieve your goal.

    —Bettye King on March 25, 2014
  • I make half square triangles using an water soluble pen to mark the center line that I sew on; then I press the seam to the side; cut off the excess at one quarter inch; repeat! Repeat!

    —Lois LaPointe on March 25, 2014
  • Please pick me! 🙂 This looks like such a fun quilt to make! I can’t wait!

    —Janie K. on March 25, 2014
  • I do love tools and own the Easy Angler….I bought it for another type block. But…I am an old fashioned "get ‘r done" quilter at times and I make HST‘s from flip back cutoffs, sewing scraps together and getting trusty square rulers out to cut to one of several favorite sizes….hmmmm….1.5’ 2.5, 3.5, 4.5. And more….I have baggies and small shoe boxes of premade HST’s as they are versatile…..isn’t quilting great? Never stagnant…always new old ways to do,things….

    Jane Modjeski……also love fabric…..come to me my pretties……:0)P

    —Mj Modjeski on March 25, 2014
  • I have used the traditional 7/8″ larger way. But I do like the Easy Angle. They have several sizes. Triangle papers look good but the edge stitches come loose.

    —Nance Allen on March 25, 2014
  • I find my HST are most accurate when I place two squares right sides together and sew 1/4 from the edge all around the square. I then cut the square in 4 parts on the diagonal.

    —KatieQ on March 25, 2014
  • Although I have tried just about every method, I like using the Omnigrid triangle ruler, I think it’s the R96. Papers are nice, but I never seem to have the right size. With the ruler, it’s easy to cut accurate triangles in whatever size I need and sew them into accurate squares.

    —Kearstie Grenier on March 25, 2014
  • Please enter me in the giveaway. I’ve been using the 2 marked squares = 2 HST’s at a time, and I’m not doing very well on maintaining accuracy!

    —Kathy Brigham on March 25, 2014
  • Like so many others I lay two squares RST and then draw a diaonal line and sew 1/4 inch on either side! I have also done the large grid type to get many at a time but I find the first way just as fast!

    —Rebecca Casey on March 25, 2014
  • depends on the mood i am in.

    —L H on March 25, 2014
  • The traditional method has worked best for me, even if I have ALOT to do. I know there are special rulers out there but I guess I have stayed with the tried and true method.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this gorgeous fabric!
    Blessings, Linda

    —Linda Janovitz on March 25, 2014
  • GIVE THE FABRIC TO MY SISTER IN LAW….SHE DOES A WONDERFUL JOB!

    —LMJF on March 25, 2014
  • I cut all my half square triangles with my GO! Cutter. Cut perfect every time.

    —Marilyn Strain on March 25, 2014
  • I put the right side of two squares together and draw a diagonal line on the wrong side. Then I stitch 1/4″ seam on both sides of the line.

    —Jane on March 25, 2014
  • I sew two squares into two HST blocks.

    —Sarah on March 25, 2014
  • love half square triangles – I make them with a square, rule the line and away I go

    —Linda Farley on March 25, 2014
  • I sew oversized squares from corner to corner, press open, then cut down to size.

    —Marianne on March 25, 2014
  • It usually depends on how many I have to make~ if its a lot I go to my Triangulations CD and print out sheets. perfect HST’s every time. If its just a few I cut a bigger square and draw a line. 😉 Thanks for the fun! I love Gerri’s designs!

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on March 25, 2014
  • Pretty fabric. Going to have to get the rulers.

    —cindy godwin on March 25, 2014
  • I like to put two squares of fabric together, draw a diagonal line and stitch on both sides of the line. I like to add 1″ to the finished size of the half square triangle so I can square it up.

    —Deb Shetler on March 25, 2014
  • I have been using the Jenny Doan method since I saw it on YouTube.

    —Bridget on March 25, 2014
  • I make my 1/2 square triangles is the only way I knew. That is until I watched the video. I USED to take my charms, sew them and cut and trim. Now I will get me a triangle and do them the right way. Goodness.. I never realized there were so many tricks and tips to my newfound "hobby" and love. As far as winning the fabric.. whoever gets it is a lucky and we are all winners with the information you share. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    —Patty P on March 25, 2014
  • I have sewn them together using either strips or squares, but for me the key to getting them the right size is making them a bit too big and trimming them down. I use the Tucker Trimmer.

    —Lisa Marie on March 25, 2014
  • I usually print a sheet from " triangulations" software and sew up pages of them at a time

    —Nadine Morrison on March 25, 2014
  • I usually use Thangles or triangles on a roll.

    —Debbie Cramer on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite method for 1/2 square triangles is to use the "tube" method, sew across the top and bottom long edges of 2 strips then cut triangles which form into squares when opened up. Fastest in the world IF you don’t mind sewing the bias edges of these 1/2 square triangle squares on assembly. Zoom, zoom and then you are arranging them into myriad designs. Half square triangles are the most versatile block for creating quilt tops.

    —Sarah Silk on March 25, 2014
  • I make half square triangles using Eleanor Burns ruler. Love making 8 at a time:) Hope I can make some using Red Rooster Fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway:)

    —Marcia on March 25, 2014
  • I use the traditional way to make the hst’s by making a diagonal line from corner to corner, stitching each side either 1/4 or scant 1/4, depending on pattern requirements, steam pressing, cutting on diagonal line then pressing open. I then use my square up ruler to trim to exact size! I fortunately have never had a problem either with the sizes or matching seams! My favorite, most useable blocks!

    —Debra L Cole on March 25, 2014
  • I just bought a quilters’ Magic Wand and am looking forward to using it to make HST. I hope it’s a time saver!

    Deb on March 25, 2014
  • I cut squares at 2 7/8 and then sew 1/4 either side of the middle to get 2 1/2 square triangles.

    —Karen J on March 25, 2014
  • I make multiples at a time using a grid stitching pattern. Used to love Thangles cause they always came out perfect.

    —Gayle Lacey on March 25, 2014
  • I like the roll where you just see in the lines and cut 🙂

    —Laura Dols on March 25, 2014
  • Currently making LOTS of triangle squares using 2 1/2″ strips and easy angle. Works great!

    —Joan on March 25, 2014
  • I do the diagonal line and sew on each side, but hate to square up all those HST’s. This looks like the answer! 🙂

    —Connie on March 25, 2014
  • I would love to see this video but some of us, due to internet speeds or system restrictions, cannot view streaming media. Is it possible to print a transcript of the video, or basic discreption of the process?

    —Leslie on March 25, 2014
  • I do them according to the pattern I am making. Sometimes I will also use my accu-quilt to cut them. Great give away

    —Sandy Lai on March 25, 2014
  • To make my half square triangles I take the required size of squares and usually add 1/8 of an inch. I draw a line down the middle and sew a 1/4 of an inch on each side and then cut on the drawn line. I square it up using the Triangle Square Up Ruler. I also have the Easy Angle Ruler and now that I have seen it demonstrated I will use it.

    —Sandy D on March 25, 2014
  • I have sewn squares together and then cut and sewed in strips.

    —Debby Shoemaker on March 25, 2014
  • I do HSTs with slightly oversized squares sewn a quarter inch either side of the diagonal, then cut on the diagonal, pressed and trimmed to the required size – will have to give this ruler method a try!

    —Barbara on March 25, 2014
  • The way I cut 1/2 Sq. Triangles are: 2 Lg Sq. Right sides facing each other. Sew all around the square. Then cut an X. You now have 4 1/2 sq. triangles…..
    Love all of the new patterns and the material line!!! Yummy

    —Theresa M on March 25, 2014
  • I draw a line from diagonal corners, then stitch 1/4 inch from the line on each side. Cut on the drawn line. Or I have used Thangles for some projects.
    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to win pre-cuts and the book!

    —Pam Blake on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve been doing it the really slow way – cutting each square to from the triangles and then sewing the triangle pairs together. Takes forever so am very glad to learn about quicker ways to get the same outcome :).

    —jessicak on March 25, 2014
  • I have been cutting up squares and laying them face-to-face, drawing the line from corner-to-corner and sewing 1/4 inch on each side of the line. Maybe this other method will be faster! Thanks! Love your fabric pack!!!

    —Linda Steen on March 25, 2014
  • Two squares rs together, diagonal line drawn, sew quarter inch on either side of line and cut along line.

    —kim rotter on March 25, 2014
  • No matter how I make them they always come out wonky. So I’m anxious to try this method to see if I can eliminate the step of making them larger and cutting to square them up.

    —Connie on March 25, 2014
  • I use the easy angle ruler to make fast accurate half square triangles.

    —Marian Velarde on March 25, 2014
  • currently working on my second quilt so new to terms and names. I am so inspired by incredibly beautiful work people show. I do need to add to my stash because I plan to make a few to give to family members

    —karen on March 25, 2014
  • I make HST by sewing 2 squares together on all 4 sides and cutting diagonally each way to make 4 HST.

    —Mary C on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve done a couple of different methods. Always used to draw the line on the diagonal and sew quarter inch on either side. More recently I’ve started doing the quarter inch all way around the blocks and then cutting into quarters. Four half square triangles as easy as two

    —Sandra on March 25, 2014
  • I’m new so I’ve only learned how to put two squares together and pencil mark the backside and so down the middle. I’d love to win, it would definitely help me to figure out triangles better! Thanks

    —Tabitha Keener on March 25, 2014
  • I use the June Tailor Perfect Half-Square & Quarter-Square Triangles Ruler.

    kbo on March 25, 2014
  • I don’t have a favorite technique- because learning new techniques is what keeps me quilting! There is never time to get bored and a new project is always around the corner– or in a new book or video or on youtube!

    —Maryann on March 25, 2014
  • To make 4 half square triangles at a time I use 2 squares of fabric right sides together. Stitch 1/4 in right around the outer edges. cut the square in half diagonally, turn and repeat cut. Open, press and trim!

    —Erin on March 25, 2014
  • I always use my Fons and Porter Half and Quarter Ruler. I love that I can actually make a bigger square than if I had drawn the line and sewed on both sides. That and I am way too impatient to do the line thing anymore. This ruler makes a jelly roll much more versatile! Thank you to Red Rooster for the chance to win!

    —Sara on March 25, 2014
  • I cut squares, draw a line on the diagonal, sew 1/4″ on each side Dut them apart & press. When I’m feeling really fussy I make them a little large & trim them to square.

    —Kathy on March 25, 2014
  • I use the two squares marked on teh diagonal and sewed 1/4 inch each side the cut on marked line. Makes 2 1/2 square traingles.

    —Connie on March 25, 2014
  • depending on the quantity or variety I layer two squares, mark diagonally corner to corner and sew on either side of the line or I mark squares on a sheet of paper and continuous line sew thru all the squares and cut apart.

    —Sue W on March 25, 2014
  • Uso uma diagonal riscada no avesso do tecido e costuro a 1/4 de pol.
    corto np risco e passo…

    Translation: Use a diagonal drawn on the back of the fabric and sew 1/4″ on either side.

    liege welsch on March 25, 2014
  • Usually I make them the old-fashioned way, cutting a square corner to corner and sewing the resulting triangles together along the bias. But I recognize this can be a waste of time, effort, and fabric. I found a new way recently, where you take two squares, and place them right sides together. Then mark lines from corner to corner in an X. Sew a quarter inch from each side of the marked lines (that’s 4 seams), then make 4 cuts, where you superimpose a + over an x. Voila, 8 HSTs! It’s easier, but still wastes some fabric at the corners. I’ll have to try the Easy Angle rulers Gerri uses, because I believe there’s less fabric wasted, which is always a good thing!

    —Beth on March 25, 2014
  • If I have to make a lot of HSTs, I draw up a grid on the back of a large piece of one of the fabrics, layer in on another of the same size, and then sew either side of the diagonals through the squares. Easy to do and it results in lots of HSTs in one hit.

    —Karen on March 25, 2014
  • I place my squares right sides together. Then draw line down the middle, sewing 1/4 inch from line on each side. Then cut on drawn line. Press and you have to half square triangles.
    Love the fabric!

    —Glenna on March 25, 2014
  • My favorite way to cut and sew half square triangles is to lay 2 slightly over-sized squares on top of each other, draw a line on the diagonal, and then sew 1/4″ on either side of the line and cut on the penciled line. I then square up the half square triangle

    —Joyce O. on March 25, 2014
  • I cheat when I make HSTs. I use the paper templates.

    —Lynda McCullough on March 25, 2014
  • Unfortunately, I’ve been doing the slow process of cutting squares, drawing a line on both sides of the center and stitching. I’m checking out the Easy Angle at my local store!! I’ve loved the patterns of A Cut Above ever since it came out–can’t wait to sew some!

    —Janet in ND on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares of fabric right sides together, draw a line down the diagonal and then sew on either side 1/4 inch from the line and cut down the center.

    —Kalen on March 25, 2014
  • With the easy angle ruler!

    —Gretchen on March 25, 2014
  • I’m new to quilting so any method that I see I like to try. This one seems interesting. I’ve been useing the layering two squares together and drawing two lines using the little template made just for this. then I stitch on both lines and then cut

    —Debbie Rogowski on March 25, 2014
  • I usually rotary cut strips, then squares, then put a dark on a light square, draw a diagonal line and sew a quarter inch on each side of the diagonal line, then rotary cut the diagonal line, press them open and get two half square triangle squares. I have also used Thangles, which are paper strips, marked off in squares with diagonal lines. I lay a dark strip on a light strip,pin the thangle on top of that and sew down the diagonal lines, then cut the squares apart and press.I pull the paper off after pressing, it comes off much easier. Very neat and fun way to do it.

    —Pamela Zajicek on March 25, 2014
  • I cut 2 squares right sides together and sew a 1/4″ around the whole square and then cut from corner to corner 2 times and Wala you get 4 triangle squares.

    —Karen on March 25, 2014
  • I usually sew two squares together on the diagonal and then cut them apart into HST.

    —Cheya on March 25, 2014
  • I make them from squares and trim them down.

    —Angela Weithman on March 25, 2014
  • I make them with the rulers Kaye England uses on her Craftsy class.

    —Julie T on March 25, 2014
  • I really like the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day half-square ruler; I make my half-square triangles, 8 at a time, using 2 squares of fabric to start. If I don’t need all those half-square triangles for one project there are always plenty for the next or for a scrap project.

    —Brenda on March 25, 2014
  • I make my half-square triangles the hard way, Two squares same size, right sides together and then draw a diagonal line, corner to corner, on the lightest fabric. Next place a ruler on the drawn line and draw 1/4″ line on each side of the line. Stitch on the 1/4″ line on each side and then use a ruler and rotary cut apart, in the middle diagonal line. Makes (2) half sq. triangles. Press seam to darkest fabric. Looks like I could use Gerri’s new technique! 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

    —Kerry Grunwald on March 25, 2014
  • I make my half-square triangles the hard way. Two squares same size, right sides together and then draw a diagonal line, corner to corner, on the lightest fabric. Next place a ruler on the drawn line and draw 1/4″ line on each side of the line. Stitch on the 1/4″ line on each side and then use a ruler and rotary cut apart, in the middle diagonal line. Makes (2) half sq. triangles. Press seam to darkest fabric. Looks like I could use Gerri’s new technique! 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

    —Kerry Grunwald on March 25, 2014
  • Put two square fabrics, RST, sew a quarter inch seam on all four sides. Cut diagonally, X, corner to corner, carefully. Four HSTs a la the fabulous Missouri Star Quilt Company.

    —ellen on March 25, 2014
  • I just bought a half-square ruler and have been cutting my triangles by Gerri’s method. It’s a fast and accurate method to use. Thanks for showing some samples from her new book!

    —Linda Webster on March 25, 2014
  • I make HSTs by either cutting a square, drawing a line down the middle, and sewing 1/4 inch on either side, or by using an omnigrid 96 or 98 ruler.

    —Kimberly M on March 25, 2014
  • I use Thangles for perfect half square triangles
    Every time !

    —Denise Sunderland on March 25, 2014
  • I draw a line down the middle of my lighter colored square, then sew 1/4 inch seam on each side of the line and cut down the middle. 🙂

    —Cathy on March 25, 2014
  • I have tried making HSTs a number of ways, but have found the fastest (and easiest for me) is to use two fabric squares, place them with right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam around the outside edges (all around the square), and then cut diagonally across the square, corner to corner. This will create 4 HSTs at once!

    —Sue on March 25, 2014
  • I stack two squares right sides together, draw a line corner to corner, and sew 1/4 inch each side of line. Cut on the line, you have two squares to square up to your desired size

    —Pat K. on March 25, 2014
  • I like to use Triangles on a Roll.

    —Susan K. on March 25, 2014
  • I just bought El’s geese rulers. Have not tried yet.

    —Cindy Weeks on March 25, 2014
  • I make HST by placing two squares, right sides together, and sewing 1/4″ seam around the square. Then, you cut across the squares diagonally and press each side open. This works very well for me. I learned this method from Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Thanks for the new idea – I’ll try it.

    —Kathy Biciocchi on March 25, 2014
  • I usually cut HST from two squares folded diagonally, sewn along the line and cut in the middle. But when I use scrap fabric I cut each one individually.

    —MimiKo on March 25, 2014
  • Since I have only made a few quilts, (so far) with many more to come. I have only tried one way, I put two squares together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance on either side of center line. But I am willing to try other methods as well. There is so very much to learn and I am enjoying learning something new every time I sew my next quilt. Thank you for this information and the chance to win.

    —Tina on March 25, 2014
  • I put two squares together -right sides, and draw 45° line from point to point. Then I so quarter inch away from the line on each side. Then I cut the drawn line. Then iron.

    —Wendy M on March 25, 2014
  • I use two different colors or prints of 5″ squares of fabric. Lay them right sides together. Draw a pencil line from corner to corner. Sew 1/4 in. on each side of the line. Using a ruler and rotary cutter I cut down the pencil line. Open up each side and Wa La! Two half square triangle squares made! (They can be made from any size of squares.)

    —Kathy M Boice on March 25, 2014
  • I cut two squares and use my 1/4″ ruler to mark the diagonal and stitching lines on both sides of diagonal, stitch the two lines and cut down the middle. It helps to support the bias and minimize stretching.

    —Connie Falkenstein on March 25, 2014
  • I took a class to learn how. It is with the square 2 3/4 with a line drawn from tip to tip.Then add another square right sides together and then sew 1/4 " on either side. Cut on the line drawn and you have two triangles put together.

    —Cindy Lorbetski on March 25, 2014
  • I love making the half square triangles with the half-square triangle sheets from Laundry Basket Quilts.

    —Phyllis M on March 25, 2014
  • I have always had problems with my half square triangles coming out the right size. The quilt I am currently working on needed 90 of them this time I used the Triangulations program. I had bought it awhile ago and never used it. Well, this time my half square triangles all came out to the right size. Yeah!

    —Hildy on March 25, 2014
  • Being a newbie quilter, I haven’t tried them yet, but this doesn’t look as scary as I thought!

    —jane d on March 25, 2014
  • I take two fabrics with right sides together. Draw line from corner to corner, then stitch 1/4″ on each side of drawn line.
    Cut apart on drawn line. Trim to size needed.

    Rhonda Whitt on March 25, 2014
  • I usually make half square triangle by placing the two squares right sides together, drawing the line on the diagonal and sewing 1/4″ on either side of the line. If there are a lot of half square blocks to make of the same color, I use triangles on a roll.

    —Jackie on March 25, 2014
  • I use a whole square and sew on a angle and trim to half square or trianglations.

    —Linda H on March 25, 2014
  • I’ve made only a few so far, including using leftover triangles and just sewing two together, but have in mind a few quilts that will take a lot more, so might have to get the ruler.

    —SUSAN STEFUN on March 25, 2014
  • When I have alot of HSTs to make, I draw a grid on the back of my light fabric, layer the two cuts RST, and sew 1/4″on each side of the drawn diagonal lines. Cut on the perpendicular lines and then on the diagonals. It can all be cut with the rotary cutter.

    —Barbara W. on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite way to make HST is to lay the 2 squares on top of each other, draw a line on the diagonal and sew 1/4″ on either side of the line and then cut the drawn line. Square up the half square triangle

    —Kathy Van Klaveren on March 26, 2014
  • Well, it depends on the scraps I have, I usually cut them individually with a plastic template. If not, I use to cut strips and after that I obtain some squares using the ruler and I cut them into triangles using the 45 degree line using a quarter of inch of allowance…

    —Clara on March 26, 2014
  • I’ve only made triangles from making a diagonal cut on a square.

    —Nicole Sender on March 26, 2014
  • I layer my two fabrics, I draw a pencil line corner to corner and sew 1/4″ on either side.

    —Nadia W on March 26, 2014
  • I have been using the Easy Angle Ruler to make my half square triangles, and I love it! They fit together wonderfully and the cutting goes so fast! thank you for a chance to win!

    —KarenVR on March 26, 2014
  • My favourite way is to lay the 2 squares on top of each other, draw a line on the diagonal and sew 1/4″ on either side of the line and then cut the penciled line 🙂

    Éva on March 26, 2014
  • I have been using Gerri’s technique for making half square triangles, but recently found a new way for making half square triangles. It is called the "Magic Eight" and this gives you 8 half square triangles. The formula is "finished size of triangle needed" plus 7/8″, multiplied by two. Cut two squares of the size calculated, place RST, mark two diagonal lines from corner to corner, stitch 1/4″ on either side of each of these lines.
    Using a rotary cutter, cut on the drawn lines. Do not move the fabric. Now cut horizontally across the middle of the square and vertically across the middle of the square.

    —Barbara Baxter on March 26, 2014
  • I love HST’s… When I’m working on any project and have to cut the corners off, before I cut I sew another seam so when I do cut, the scraps that would have been are now HST’s. When I have enough they will become a very scrappy quilt!

    —Kiska on March 26, 2014
  • i have only just attempted a HST! new to quilting. i did 2 squares of fabric, layered one on top of the other & drew the diagonal, then sewed 1/4 inch each side…. got scared at that point…. but it worked ok, just forgot that it would end up smaller! oh well better luck next time.

    —Suzanne Keal on March 26, 2014
  • I use the Easy Angle method. I hate squaring up and I don’t have to with the Easy Angle. I’d love to win the fabric..

    —Angela Brady on March 26, 2014
  • Just recently became acquainted with Easy Angle and have been very busy using it. Such fun~

    Connie Haviland on March 26, 2014
  • I usually place two squares of fabric right sides together and sew a seam 1/4″ away from both sides of a diagonal line I have drawn, then cut the square in half on the line I have drawn. Gives me two half-square triangles. A friend recently showed me the method using the easy angle rulers – I have the rulers and really want to try it. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    —Janice on March 26, 2014
  • If I just have a few HSTs to make, I usually cut squares 1″ larger, sew 2 RST with the diagonal seams, cut and square-up. If I need hundreds for a pattern, I love to use triangle paper sheets. They are perfect and need no trimming. I have also used the Easy Angle ruler for a scrappy look.
    Thanks for sharing.

    —Elizabeth on March 26, 2014
  • I make half square triangles using Thangles or by drawing a 45 degree angle on the one square and sewing a quarter of an inch on both sides of the drawn line.

    —Lynn Manning on March 26, 2014
  • I cut squares 7/8″ bigger than I need, right sides together,draw a diagonal line and sew twice 1/4″ from the diagonal and cut in half.

    —Teresa on March 26, 2014
  • I’m anxious to try the easy angle ruler in order to save time! Too many quilts to make and not enough time. I love Ruby Stars!

    —Lynn on March 26, 2014
  • I make my HSTs by sewing a diagonal line across my squares then cutting apart with a rotary cutter. After watching Gerri’s video, I think I’ll give her way a try on my next ones!

    —Lori Rath on March 26, 2014
  • Easy angle is my favorite method for half squares. Very efficient use of fabric!

    —Debbie on March 26, 2014
  • I do not have much experience with half square triangles but have tried them with PP, drawing the line on the diagonal and then sewing 1/4″ away and cutting them apart. Have mostly done them by using a template and cutting them out.

    —Susan on March 26, 2014
  • I use different methods depending on the circumstance. My favorite way is to cut bias strips, sew them together, press the seam allowance to one side, and then cut out the squares.

    —Evelyn on March 26, 2014
  • I sew all 4 sides of two squares of fabric and then cut diagonally twice through the square. You quickly end up with 4 half square triangles!

    Carolyn on March 26, 2014
  • I really have a hard time with half square triangles. With cutting on an angle is a challenge for me. Im still a beginner so I havent really tried them to much.

    Karey Hardesty on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite way to make HST is to put to squares together, draw diagonal line from corner to opposite corner, sew 1/4 in of line on both sides and cut apart.

    —carol n on March 26, 2014
  • I usually make my half-square triangles from squares and then trim them to size. I will have to try the other method.

    —Jocelyne on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite way is to lay two squares of fabric right sides together, draw a diagonal from one corner to another, sew a 1/4 seam along both sides of the line, cut along the line, open each new square and square it up!

    —Margaret Shaw on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite way to make HSTs is to use Thangles because I get an accurate square.

    —Pat D on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite method is with triangle paper. The triangles are accurate and easy!

    —Barbara Ostrander on March 26, 2014
  • I put 2 squares right sides together, mark 1/4″ on either side of the diagonal, sew on the marked lines, then cut on the diagonal. This works best for me.

    —Debby T on March 26, 2014
  • Draw a line down the center and 1/4″ on each side of it.

    —Gina S. on March 26, 2014
  • I cut mine and mark them the old fashioned way. I don’t mind, I love HST’s and they are so cute when finished. But……..I am not one to be foolish and not save time. Will give this ruler a try and see how it works out for me. Thanks for some beautiful fabric being offered in your giveaway. I can make it easy for you, just draw my name and the hard work is done. LOL Thanks again.

    Jeanne on March 26, 2014
  • I draw a line on the wrong side of a square diagonally from corner to corner, place it face down on the right side of a same size square, sew the two squares together by sewing 1/4 inch to each side of the line I drew and then I cut them apart.

    —Debbie on March 26, 2014
  • Generally, I lay the 2 squares together, then, draw a line on the diagonal and sew 1/4″ on both sides of the line and cut the penciled line. Press, trim and repeat. Pretty time consuming. Love the easy angle ruler method. Thanks for the tip. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

    —Sherry VF on March 26, 2014
  • I still make my HST’s the old way and don’t mind at all since that is how I have done it forever, but………….I am open to any time saving tip and ease of doing a cut. Therefore

    Jeanne on March 26, 2014
  • I typically do the 2 squares RST and sew 1/4″ on either side of a diagonal line technique. If a pattern suggests something different though, I try what they say. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Sandy N on March 26, 2014
  • I just began quilting a few months ago, though I’ve been sewing for about 12 years, so I haven’t yet learned to make half square triangles. I look forward to reading the comments in this section to get some ideas.

    Happy quilting!
    Lesa

    —Lesa on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite for HST is the free ones you get when making a snow ball type block & have the corners to cut off. by sewing a second seam 1/2 inch from the first, you have a free HST. They make lovely borders to other quilts or pillow cases.

    Caroline King on March 26, 2014
  • I prefer to make HSTs with gridded paper. It seems simpler to me to make several at once this way than to use the diagonal line on a square method. I like the idea of using strips, though.

    —Marcia Gilbreath on March 26, 2014
  • Place 2 squares RST. Mark a line down the middle of the top square corner to corner. Sew 1/4″ away from the marked line on both sides of the line. Cut on the center line. Press seam allowance towards the darker fabric. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    —Debra on March 26, 2014
  • I use 2 squares right sides together. Before sewing I fold one square in half diagonally and press (easier than drawing a diagonal). Place the squares right sides together and sew 1/4″ on both sides of the pressed line. Then cut between the sewn lines giving me 2 hst.

    —Gail Davis on March 26, 2014
  • I like to make two at a time – I cut squares of 2 different fabrics an inch larger than the finished size that I need and draw a line from corner to corner on the lighter one. Then I sew a quarter inch on each side of the line and cut apart on the line. After pressing, I trim to the desired size.

    —Dee D on March 26, 2014
  • I usually use the method of taking two squares and sew on each side of the mid line and then cut in half. Have some Thangles but haven’t used them. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Pat D on March 26, 2014
  • I start with 2 squares, mark a diagonal line across one square and sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. Works for me!

    —Gwen W on March 26, 2014
  • I like simple square of size I need and cut from point to point ,or use a paper that I sew fabric to and,it’s already marked from point to point and i/4 is from the cut line and I have my 1/2 square blocks

    lynne mulcahey on March 26, 2014
  • I still draw the line down the middle and sew on each side of the line.

    —Lynn on March 26, 2014
  • I prefer to make them from two squares as Christine above does. It helps me to practice precision sewing so I don’t have to square up the 1/2 sq. when I’m done. I still check to make sure the 1/2 square is "squared" to the correct size.
    I also make 1/2 squares when I’m working on a block that is going to leave double triangle leftovers. I do the 1/4″ seam sewing on the leftover pieces before cutting off from the block. Takes a little extra time but keeps me from having to sew those two little pieces on the diagonal later on. My stash of those is growing so someday, they’ll be ready for a miniature quilt.

    Dot Lang on March 26, 2014
  • I cut strips then cut them into squares and then divide the squares if I have a lot to do. If I only need a few I cut a strip then use my triangle template to cut them from the strip.

    Angela

    Angela Castor on March 26, 2014
  • I take 2 1/2″ jelly roll strips (one light and one dark) and sew them together on the long edges, cut them into 2 1/2″ strips, the cut them end-to-end. Easy, peasy half square triangles.

    —Lynda Nunez on March 26, 2014
  • I cut two squares and draw a line down the middle and draw two lines a quarter inch away on either side to sew on then cut down the middle.

    —Linda on March 26, 2014
  • Count me in on the technique using 2 squares, a diagonal line, 1/4″ seams and cutting the drawn line.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on March 26, 2014
  • I cut squares just a little larger than the finished size I want and draw a line down the diagonal and then sew on either side a scant 1/4 inch from the line and cut down the center.

    —Brenda Hulsey on March 26, 2014
  • I have been using the fons and porter tool that you place on the diagonal and mark the quarter inch seam on each side. You sew a the seam and cut them apart. I am going to try the new method also.

    —Betty Skillett on March 26, 2014
  • I use the same method (dark square to light square) which most quilters do, but my squares are slightly larger than the half-square triangle which I need. After sewing on the diagonal, I cut the squares apart and check the dimensions with my ruler, trimming the excess.

    Gail G on March 26, 2014
  • I have used the paper and have also done the "cut the squares a little bigger, draw a line on either side of the center and sew on that line or just a smidge closer to the center. Then square up.

    —Debbie G on March 26, 2014
  • I put two squares together, mark a diagonal line and then sew slightly less than 1/4″ away from that line on both sides. I sometimes use my Accuquilt triangles also. Thanks for the give away!

    —Jacklynn Grimm on March 26, 2014
  • I usually use the method where you put the squares right sides together, draw diagonal, and stitch 1/4″ away, works for me!

    Lesley on March 26, 2014
  • two equal squares right sides together,draw a line diagonally from one corner to opposite corner and sew one quarter of an inch from line on both sides of line, cut on line, press then square up!

    Mary Ellen Fleschner on March 26, 2014
  • I use the two squares method, stitching on the diagonal, cutting the squares apart and trimming to the final size. Not necessarily the best method but it works! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Laurie C on March 26, 2014
  • Love the quilts from 2 1/2″ strips with matching pillows! Have tried different techniques for HST’s, so far the Triangulations CD works the best for me when making a large quantity. Will need to look in to the Easy Angle, looks promising also.

    —April on March 26, 2014
  • Although the E-Z angle ruler is in my sewing box to make half-square triangles, for expediency I am one of those peasant sewers who, for example, takes 2 5″ charm squares, draws a line diagnally, sewing 1/4″ on either side, cutting on solid line, then turn and press. I must be an old fashioned girl but am ready to put my ruler to work – it would be faster and more accurate.

    —mary ann b on March 26, 2014
  • I have used Thangles or usually put 2 squares together, draw. A diagonal line, sew 1/4″ away on both sides of the line, cut on the line and have two HST. Thanks for the hNce to win some great fabric and a book that I would love to have!!!,

    —Janet E on March 26, 2014
  • I found that when I used the standard add 7/8″ to the desired finished size, my HSTs sometimes still came out wonky. Now I add an inch and trim, using my wonderful Bloc-Loc tool. It’s worth the extra time and effort as they come out perfect every time! I also sometimes use my Deb Tucker Trucker Trimmer, following her directions. Same perfect results!

    —Elizabeth Trembath on March 26, 2014
  • I take two squares and draw from point to point, sew each side of line 1/4 inch and cut the line. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    —Debra Kay Neiman on March 26, 2014
  • 2 squares, draw a line down the middle, and sew 1/4″ on each side and then true up.

    —Donna W on March 26, 2014
  • HSTs are not quite the bane of my existence, but I am constantly in search of THE way to make them right the first time. I’ve tried pretty much every technique I can find but cannot get them the proper size in just one go.

    I’ve recently ordered an attachment for my ruler that adds the exact amount necessary to cut the squares rather than the rounded-off 7/8″. Like the cookie sheet that does not warp, I am constantly on the lookout for the magical tool that will allow me to make HSTs right the first time, without extra trimming.

    Tracy in SW WA on March 26, 2014
  • I use Dixie Brabury’s templates (www.templatetechniques.com)! No need to trim because then come out perfect everytime.

    —Bea K on March 26, 2014
  • I usually add the 1-7/8″ to the size of the finished block I want, draw a diagonal line and sew 1/4″ from the line on both sides to get 2 units.
    Or I just learned where you take a large square ( not sure how to determine the size to start with they were using a layer cake) sew all the way around the edge- then cut diagonal from both corners and get 4 units. I will have to experiment to see what size you end up with.

    —Pam L on March 26, 2014
  • I use the "magic eight" way to make in bulk; otherwise I use the strip method & Deb Tucker’s ruler.

    —Linda on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite way to make 1/2 square triangles is to add 7/8″ to the sized block that you want when finished. Right sides together, sew on all 4 outside edges, then cut on both diagonals. This gives you 4 half-square triangles. Tis so easy I can make lots in one day, even if it is from scraps, and end up with a happy quilt that was so easy to do.

    —Alene Knox on March 26, 2014
  • I put 2 squares together and sew around all 4 sides with 1/4 inch seam, then cut diagonally twice, press squares open. Great.

    —Lois Short on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite is putting 2 squares right sides together. Draw diagonal line down the middle on one square. Stitch 1/4″ on each side of line then cut on drawn line. Iron & trim to size.

    —Carol Gearey on March 26, 2014
  • Most of the time I use squares, draw a diagonal line, stitch 1/4″ from each side of the line, and cut along the drawn line. Sometimes I make them a little larger than I need and trim. I have also used triangle paper.

    —Theresa on March 26, 2014
  • I like half squares, save my scrap triangles and make them. Use them whenever I can in scrapy quilts.

    —Cindy Wienstroer on March 26, 2014
  • I am still learning how to do the quilting basics (I started quilting about a month ago) so all new tips and techniques I can learn are very appreciated. So far I have only made the triangle squares by sewing first and then cutting corner to corner for 4 smaller squares or by sewing two strips or strip sets right sides together and using a square ruler with a line that gives me the base of the triangle to line up and cut right triangles from the strips. Thanks for the video!

    —Tiffany Felicienne on March 26, 2014
  • I use 2 squares, right sides together, draw the diagonal line, sew 1/4″ on either side, then cut on the line. Square it up, and you’re done.

    Margaret on March 26, 2014
  • WOW fantastic giveaway!!! thanks for the chance to win!!! Gerri is amazing!!!!

    —Heather Porritt on March 26, 2014
  • I Make my half square triangles using Triangulations Software. I print the desired size using my home printer and place the fabric right sides together with the printed sheet on top, I sew on the printed dotted lines and cut on the solid lines. Voila!! perfect half square triangles. Several of the projects displayed look like ones I could see myself making. I hope I win.

    —Judy Allen on March 26, 2014
  • …. I was taught orignally to do the draw line down centre and sew on either side… seems to be the old stand by

    —Heather Porritt on March 26, 2014
  • I usually make squares to make them but should try other methods sometimes. Love the giveaway thank you.

    Kathleen Till on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite way is to cut 2 strips(light and dark) lay them together and draw the zigzag diagonal line across the width of the fabric and then I sew the whole strip on both sides of the line 1/4″ and then cut them all apart and trim ears and press open-a whole bunch done and no loose triangles!

    —Cathy Koss on March 26, 2014
  • When i make half square trinagles, i cu a square an inch larger than the triangle size i need. slice the square in half diagonally. Sew the two triangles together, Iron. Then i square up with a square ruler and rotary cutter. Line up the diagonal line on the square ruler with the diagonal sew line, and cut right side and top. Turn my fabric square around, line up the diagonal, and put the finish size with seam allownaces on the ottom and left sides of my fabric square (this will line up on the cuts you just made), and then cut the right and top sides. It is extra work to sew bigger square and square up to final size – but this way you KNOW all your half square triangles are the right size and match. makes it much easier when sewing blocks from these squares

    —Jenny Sloan on March 26, 2014
  • I’ve used…Anita Handcock…I think that is her name…cannot find the book…I made a bear claw quilt. Not sure if it is the same way.

    —Linda on March 26, 2014
  • I am teaching my daughter to quilt. I thought that Jenny Doan’s video on half square triangles was amazing and looked easy enough for my young daughter. The sewing part went well. The cutting, not so much. We still got some pretty silly shaped squares. So I got the Go! fabric cutter and i love it. It is safer cutting and the dog-ears are trimmed making it easy to line up the pieces for sewing.

    —Susie on March 26, 2014
  • Making half-square triangles by cutting squares–right sides together–marking line and sewing 1/4 inch on either side is great for me. Always make it larger and then cutting it down to the right size keeps mistakes away. We always need the extra "leg" room sometimes. Even though all quilters are PERFECT!!!!

    —Diane Schwarz on March 26, 2014
  • I have a 1/4 inch foot with a guide, so I use 2 squares, cut them first, then sew. This way is much quicker than drawing a line, sewing either side, then cutting. Is the giveaway is open internationally? I’m in the UK.

    —Jen B on March 26, 2014
  • I made a quilt (Birds In the Air) using bunches of half square triangles and I used the paper method called Thangles – that’s the method that worked best for me!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    —Barbara McDonald on March 26, 2014
  • I cut squares, put two together RST, draw a line down the center and sew down each side. Cutting between the lines sewn gives me HST . I’d love to win!

    —Mary Messersmith on March 26, 2014
  • I usually lay 2 pieces on top, mark the middle line, and sew 1/4″ on both sides as well. However, in times I haven’t done that, I take the triangle pieces left from my cuttings and sew them together, then toss into a bag or drawer for future projects! I just can’t see throwing those small pieces away. I just know I’ll make a smaller quilt from them some time.

    —Diane Muchow on March 26, 2014
  • Chain stitch & my Easy Angle ruler!

    Lyn Kaufmann on March 26, 2014
  • Well, I usually take the two fabrics in the square and place them RST. From there, I would draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and then stitch 1/4 inch away the line on both sides. I would chain piece them, sewing down one side then the other.

    —Marguerite Namdar on March 26, 2014
  • I LOVE half-square triangles! I draw a line diagonally and stitch two squares together 1/4″ from the line, on both sides of the line and cut on the line. Easy!

    —Gini Bellettini on March 26, 2014
  • I do all of my quilting my hand, so, I make my HQT a square at a time. Sure it takes longer, but I am in no hurry and can pray over each quilt as I make it for either a specific person or for the children of fires that seem to happen all to often over the holidays. I could sure use some more fabric, but then when/who couldn’t!! lol

    —Stephanie F on March 26, 2014
  • I learned early on that I cannot sew a straight line, especially when I am chain piecing. I usually use squares when making my HST units, making them slightly oversized and then trimming to size. Yeah, I know takes more time, maybe I just need to learn to slow down and make them like Gerri does here.

    —Nancy on March 26, 2014
  • I make them with squares of the same size, seaming 1/4″ each side of the diagonal center and then cutting them apart. It makes a matching set of two. I have seen it done once with strip piecing but have not yet tried it. Maybe its time to try a couple new techniques!

    —Liz on March 26, 2014
  • Right now I use the ‘sew two squares right side together. mark the diagonal with a pencil line. sew 1/4 in. on either side, then cut down the pencil line.’ method of construction.

    —Emily C on March 26, 2014
  • I generally use the ‘add 7/8″ to your finished size’ method to make half square triangles but have used several others over the years, thangles papers, easy angle ruler, sewing around the perimeter of a square and then diagonal cut twice.

    —Loraine on March 26, 2014
  • I cheat, big time. I use the Thangles papers. For making a 2 1/2 inch square, just lay 2 pieces of fabric on the papers and sew on the lines and cut apart. The best way to make half square triangles, ever.

    —Nora Haubris on March 26, 2014
  • I have used that ruler before and it is great, but I don’t always reach for it. I think if I’m starting a new project with strips I would, but lately I’m making oddball blocks, so the technique I use is just draw the diagnol and sew both sides of it.

    —Mickey Louth on March 26, 2014
  • I put two squares right sides together, draw a line diagonally and sew 1/4 in either side of the line. This is easy to chain piece.

    —Barb Colvin on March 26, 2014
  • I make half square triangles by putting two squares together, drawing a line diagonally corner to corner, then stitch a quarter inch on both sides of line, then cut on center line and you have two sets.

    —Linda Pickenpaugh on March 26, 2014
  • I have used a lot of different methods… usually the 2 squares with line down the middle, then sew on each side. I also recently got a computer program called "Triangulations" that I have used once & love

    —Jeannine Stoddard on March 26, 2014
  • I am intimidated by HST because I haven’t found a method that clicks for me and am always messing them up. I love the way they look so I have made 2014 my year to master them!

    —Marti Taylor on March 26, 2014
  • I use the Missouri Quilt Company’s technique. Two squares, sew all around, rotary cut into quarters.

    —Barbara Nemeth on March 26, 2014
  • I make mine by putting two squares right sides together and stitching a 1/4 inch down each side of the center drawn line. I got this book for Christmas. I love the framed quilts, they just have to be made for my home.

    —Jackie on March 26, 2014
  • I haven’t guilted in 30+ years and just got back into it with a friend. When I quilted each piece was cut with a template, so as you can imagine I’m loving the rotary cutter, charm packs and these great videos. Thanks for such great info.

    —kim ezmam on March 26, 2014
  • I use the Easy Angle Ruler. So fast and no trimming!

    —Kris S on March 26, 2014
  • I like the method where you can do either 4 or 8 out of two fabrics, rst, not sure what you call it.

    —Corinna Honer on March 26, 2014
  • I usually sew two squares together RST 1/4 " all around then cut corner to corner.

    —Brenda Kowalski on March 26, 2014
  • take two squares, Right sides facing. use that nifty tool I don’t know the name of…..marks sewing lines 1/4 inch out from diagonal center…. sew on the two lines, cut down center. square up. Much easier to do than it is to describe.

    —Thunder Kaplan on March 26, 2014
  • HST’s are easier that I have learned how to have a square, draw a diagonal line, sew the 1/4 inch on each side and then cut. Making the square larger and then cutting down has also helped in making better, more accurate HSTs. My triangles are much better then when I cut the triangles and tried to sew the 1/4 inch.

    Always wanting to improve these skills.

    —Carol on March 26, 2014
  • I use tangles for mine

    —Jo on March 26, 2014
  • I’m a total newbie, and I have never made them. Lots of great ideas, though, for when I feel confident enough to tackle them!

    —Piroska on March 26, 2014
  • If I want large quantities, I draw on to a, light fat-quarter. a grid.eg: 4 7/8in. draw diagonal lines.Pin the light to the dark fat-quarter. And sew a Scant 1/4 in seam both sides of the diagonal lines.
    Cut- using rotary cutter on horizontal and vertical lines. Then cut on diagonal lines.
    Set seams and press towards dark fabric.
    Out of 2 fat-quarters, you will get 30 4 1/2 in half-square triangles

    —Bridget Fletcher on March 26, 2014
  • Let’s see how many ways have I "used" to make HST? I lost the Thangles in a move, I have drawn corner to corner, I have the Fons & Porter diagonal marking ruler, the sew around the square method, and just looking at the pictures of where you draw lines on pieces of fabric to make multiples is just so daunting. Just got a "Clearly Perfect Angles" tool from New Leaf Products and we’ll see how that works. I have a project with over 200 HSTs to make so I need help.

    —Deb Mac on March 26, 2014
  • The last ones I made were done with drawing a line corner to corner etc. There is a new technique that I will try for a new quilt I will make that I found online. From Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Co. I’m ready to try it!

    —Susie Furgason on March 26, 2014
  • currently I cut squares and then mark a diagonal line across the layer two squares together and sew 1/4 on either side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line, press to the darker fabric. Then square up to the required size.

    Loretta on March 26, 2014
  • I use the Strip Tube Ruler, the QIAD Square Up Ruler with jelly rolls. The other way is with layer cakes. Draw a line from corner to corner and sew 1/4″ from each side of both lines. Then cut the large square in half horizontally and vertically. Makes 8 quick HSTs.

    —LeAnne L on March 26, 2014
  • Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful bundle. Coming from Berlin/Germany I’ld love to make a bear paw quilt with it
    Greetings from Brigitte

    Brigitte Baierl on March 27, 2014
  • New quilter. Have never made HST have only made squares. I definitely could use some help.

    —Dorothy Roush on March 27, 2014
  • I have used the easy angle ruler and love it!

    —Susan Wilkerson on March 27, 2014
  • I usually start with two squares and sew diagonally 1/4″ on either side of the diagonal line that goes corner to corner.

    —Beth B on March 27, 2014
  • i cut squares and then trim them to size. i am new at quilting.

    —Sonia on March 27, 2014
  • I like to sew two charms, rst, around all four sides and then cut diagonally in both directions. Press open and done!

    —Mary Jane on March 27, 2014
  • I stacked 2 3/8 x 9 1/2″ , 2 different colors right side together all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, I lightly marked 2 3/8 square lines and marked the diagonal, then I sew zig-zag and then cut the squares apart then you have your square! Hope I didn’t miss any of the points!!!

    —Patricia on March 27, 2014
  • I love to use the Laundry Basket way with the long strip of paper that you place on two strips of fabris, follow the lines, then cut out a bunch at a time.

    —Kathy Gruwell on March 27, 2014
  • Unless I’m making just a few HST’s, I always use Triangulations. I just layer the fabrics right-sides together, print out a page for the size I need, pin it down on the layers, and sew on the lines.

    —K R Ritchie on March 27, 2014
  • I start with a square and cut them into then trim.

    —Kelly Williams on March 27, 2014
  • I’ve tried several methods and haven’t found the one I could live with forever. Any tips or tricks that make it easier are appreciated. I usually fall back on the old two squares right side together, draw the line, sew on each side and cut.

    —Pamela B on March 27, 2014
  • Newbie quilter; trial and error, so far! LOL

    —Deanne on March 27, 2014
  • I use the Angler 2 that fits on sewing machine bed. It is very accurate and no time wasted drawing lines on squares. Appreciate the give away.

    —Carol S on March 27, 2014
  • My method is to cut squares, draw a line across the corner and sew 1/4 inch on either side of the line. After sewing cut on the drawn line an press. Works for me. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric.

    —Sharon B on March 27, 2014
  • I think I’ve tried a dozen ways to make HST (ok, exaggerating a bit there…) If I am cutting them from yardage, I usually cut squares and draw a line down the middle and make two at a time. If I am making them from strips, I’ll use the Easy Angle ruler or the Creative Grids Quick Trim ruler. I’ve also tried a couple of the different paper products like Triangles on a roll and Thangles. I’ve also tried the ‘cut a huge square and draw a grid on it’ method, but that’s only worth the time if I’m making a bunch of them out of the same two fabrics. I still haven’t found a fool proof method, but I’m always looking for one!

    —Barb Johnson on March 27, 2014
  • usually by drawing a line down the center of a square and sewing 1/4″ off each side of the center!

    —TRACY DVR on March 27, 2014
  • The fastest ever technique I know is the bias square technique. It makes so many squares so precisely and so quickly. I think half square triangles might be my favorite unit to make. They just make these quilts sparkle, don’t they?

    —Carole S. on March 28, 2014
  • I do the 2 at a time method where I put two squares together, draw a diagonal line and sew either side of it. It’s the trimming that takes forever, not so much the sewing! The quilts in this book are divine. Carefree is gorgeous.

    wendy on March 28, 2014
  • I usually make them how the pattern I am using tells me, makes it less confusing for me.

    —marie on March 28, 2014
  • Wow, she makes it so easy with that wonderful ruler. The only way I know how to do half sq. triangles (up till now) was to cut a square and then cut the square in half. That ruler would make it so much easier and save time!!

    —Tammy E on March 28, 2014
  • I don’t yet have the Easy Angle ruler, but would love to try this method.

    —Carolyn Fulmer on March 28, 2014
  • I usually use Jenny Doan’s method, but will definitely give this one a try.

    —ej on March 28, 2014
  • I’m a new to quilting, and the only triangles I’ve ever done have been paper-pieced. I was thinking, how hard could it be? until I saw all these great shortcuts. Thanks, folks!

    —Fran on March 28, 2014
  • I usually put two fabric squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line with a pencil. Then I sew a 1/4″ on both sides of the marked line, cut on the line and press open. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Mary on March 28, 2014
  • Loved the video and a quilts! I am a new quilter (making my 1st one! Love to see new tips that make things easier.
    Thanks,
    Cheryl

    —Cheryl on March 28, 2014
  • I used to always use 2 squares right sides together draw down the diagonal and sew on either side. Now I use Triangulations whenever I need to make at least 12 of the same HST. Its soooo much easier and quicker and there are no dog ears to trim off, and they are squared up to the perfect size every time!

    —Nancy on March 28, 2014
  • I’ve been wanting to make a quilt with h.s.triangles. Loved the ruler and strip method. Looked very easy. The quilts were beautiful !

    Sharon on March 28, 2014
  • I use Deb Tucker’s method and her rulers to square up the half square triangle so that it is perfect because I am not so perfect without that aid.

    —Vivian on March 28, 2014
  • I have the easy angle ruler but never use it. I will now after your great tut. I usually sew 2 same size squares together around all 4 sides and then cut into quarter ‘s. This makes 4 hst but you also have bias to worry about. Thanks for a chance at your great giveaways.

    —Jacqueline on March 28, 2014
  • This is sure a popular topic! I make mine similar to the way Gerri does, but I do not have that ruler, I just use a square ruler that has angle lines marked on it.

    —Cindy S on March 28, 2014
  • I’m in the majority – place 2 squares RST, draw diagonal line from corner to corner, stitch 1/4″ away from this line on both sides, cut apart along diagonal line. This easy angle ruler is new to me. Love trying different methods!

    —Gail on March 28, 2014
  • Hi. When I make 1/2 square triangles, say I am making 2 1/2″ ones, I use two five inch charms with right sides together and sew 1/4″ around the outside of the square. I then slice the square diagonally using a ruler. Is fast and perfect!

    —Carolyn S Cecil on March 28, 2014
  • I have always done HST’s with 2 squares pieces of fabric together making 2 HST’s, but I am making an all HST’s quilt so I bought the HST’s on a roll, have you heard of them? I will probably get a ruler to since I love EZ’s rulers.

    Mara on March 28, 2014
  • I usually put 2 squares together, draw a line diagonally, and sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. Then cut on the diagonal line. I do have the ruler that she used in her demonstration so I want to try her method. I know that Bonnie Hunter uses that ruler, and I do want to try it.

    —Nancy Angerer on March 28, 2014
  • I usually cut my squares, draw a line corner to corner and sew a 1/4 inch away on each side of the drawn line. I just saw the method of sewing squares together on all 4 sides and then cutting the square on the diagonal twice. I am going to be trying this "new" to me method and see how I like it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Renea on March 28, 2014
  • My favorite way is to cut squares, put 2 with right sides together, draw a line on the diagonal of the square, and sew 1/4 inch away on each side of the line. Then cut on the diagonal line and press open. Love the quilts in the book!

    —barb on March 28, 2014
  • I don’t know yet – I’m a beginning quilter, and this is one the things I want to try for my next quilt, so any tools that make it easier would be great!

    —Karen on March 28, 2014
  • I learned to make half square trianges in the first quilting class I took my sewing squares together & triming.

    —Susan Clarkson on March 28, 2014
  • I take two squares, RST, and stitch 1/4″ all the way around and then make 2 diagonal cuts. Voila! 4 HSTs!! From a tutorial video from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

    —Lynn G. on March 28, 2014
  • I use triangles in a roll, or triangle sheets, but to tell the truth, taking the paper off later is a pain in the patootee. I’ll have to look into the easy angle ruler method. Hmmm, which would be most tiresome, removing papers, or cutting a gazillion triangles then chain sewing them all together?

    —Crazy Cuban on March 28, 2014
  • I like making 4 at a time using 2 large squares of fabric, sew 1/4″ around the outside and cut on both diagonals. It gives you (4) HST very quickly.

    —Peggy C on March 28, 2014
  • I use basically the same technique Gerri Robinson does except I use Fons and Porters ruler. I have also used Edyta Sitar triangle papers.

    —Edna Lindeman on March 28, 2014
  • I generally use oversize squares so I can get 2 HST without sewing on the bias. I’ll have to try Jerri’s method. Love her quilts. Thanks.

    —Mom C on March 28, 2014
  • I haven’t made many HSTs but the few I’ve done was the squares RST diagonal line sewn ¼" both sides then cut. Planning to use Jenny Doan’s method next. Then I’ll have to get the ruler and try Geri’s method. I’m still learning!

    —Rhonda on March 28, 2014
  • I usually make 1/2 sqare triangles by placing 2 squares together, drawing a line and sewing 1/4″ on each side of line. I then cut on the line.

    —Bridget on March 28, 2014
  • One of my favourite blocks which I generally make by cutting squares and sewing around the outside, then cut either one or both diagonals depending on the finished size I want. I also can’t resist those off-cuts from snow ball blocks; just have to make them up for use in the borders of the same project or keep them for another one as I hate to waste anything. Thanks for the opportunity to win this bundle of fabric, not only would be exciting to win something (my luck is that I couldn’t win yesterday’s soggy-wet newspaper!) but it would also make me really think about a project from fabric I hadn’t chosen myself.

    Deborah on March 28, 2014
  • Like many of the responses, I put two squares together, draw a diagonal line and sew 1/4″ on each side.

    —Lynn Bohlmann on March 28, 2014
  • I learned this at our quilt retreat in January with Bonnie Hunter. She had us use the tool and it was very accurate after we checked our 1/4 in seam. Love the designs you have in your book.

    —cathy w. on March 28, 2014
  • If I’m using scraps I just sew 2 odd shaped pieces together -sort of on the bias and then use a square up ruler and cut the square.
    Other wise I do the 2 squares – draw the line – sew 1/4″ on either side – cut apart on the line.

    —Shirley on March 28, 2014
  • I have never made them as I haven’t progressed that far with my quilting skills. Can’t wait to have the time to try HSTs to see which method I like best.

    —Mary on March 28, 2014
  • How do I make half-square triangles? Not very well, usually. I have struggled through a lot of attempts, often ending up with something that wasn’t very square. Most recently, I’ve resorted to just making them bigger and then trimming them down to size. Gerri’s approach looks like something I could master…think I’ll give it a try.

    —Pearl on March 28, 2014
  • I make my hst on a grid of squares with a line drawn diagonally through centre I then place another fabric behind.
    After stitching either side of this line and when cut out I have 2 hst from each square
    Cheers
    Lesley in Tasmania

    —Lesley Purdon on March 28, 2014
  • If it wasn’t for Triangulations, Every quilt I make would be a nine patch!!!

    —Barbara A on March 29, 2014
  • Two squares together, diagonal line from corner to corner, sew on each side of line, cut on line.VOILA!!! 2 HSTs

    —Claire on March 29, 2014
  • Wow this looks easy. It would eliminate drawing line in middle-sewing on each side-the cutting open. Have this ruler but never used it. Thanks so much for this information. Love it when I see a video of how to use templates (I am new to this quilting) Thanks again for the info. and video

    Frances on March 29, 2014
  • I usually use Thangles for HST as they come out so neat. Will save this for future reference though. I don’t always have the proper size on-hand.

    —Cynthia on March 29, 2014
  • I usually use triangles on a roll if I have a lot of them to sew.

    —teri c on March 29, 2014
  • I do them the old fashioned way… sewing on either side of the cutting line down the middle of the squares.

    —Lyn on March 29, 2014
  • i start with two squares, draw a diagnal line, sew a quarter inch seam on both sides of the diagnal and cut and trim. babscorbitt@gmail.com

    —barbara corbitt on March 29, 2014
  • I make my half square triangles by marking through the square with an erase pencil or pencil and sewing a quarter inch from the drawn line. I open and press to the darker fabric.

    —Gale on March 29, 2014
  • I’m sold on making them oversized and then cutting them down. I also use sheets of TaDa Triangles when I have a lot to make.

    —Beth T. on March 29, 2014
  • O MAKE MY 1/2 SQ Triangles I cut strips f the 2 fabrics I’m using, then squares from the strips I iron the top square in half, then place them back together and stich /4 inch away from the ironed line, cut between the lines and perfect squares are formed

    —Elizajane on March 29, 2014
  • I use two methods..

    1) I use the Eleanor Burns method of making HST.. Using squares that are 1 – 1 1/4 inches larger than finished block, placing wrong sides together. Draw a line from opposite corner to opposite corner .. sew 1/4″ on both sides of line .. cut along line .. press open .. trim

    2) I uses strips and a Fons and Porter HST ruler

    —Darrell Hardenburg on March 30, 2014
  • I use the Angler 2 – no lines to draw

    —Laurel on March 30, 2014
  • I do the 2 oversized squares stitched down 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal method.

    —Margaret Lawrence on March 30, 2014
  • I usually make an oversize triangle and trim it down. This looks like a great idea without the fabric waste that I have.

    —DebV on March 31, 2014
  • Either cut two squares and sew around then cut diagonally. Or two squares rst, draw diagonal, sew either side of diagonal and cut on drawn line.

    —Nancy on March 31, 2014
  • Sometimes I like to sew two strips togetheralong the long edge, and flip my triangle ruler back and forth to cut the triangle shapes. the center seam is already sewn, so all I have to do is press.

    —Karen on March 31, 2014
  • I make HST since Jan. 2014 using the Magic 8 method shown on Craftsy in a free tutorial. It is the easiest and fastest I have found. For 3 in. finished HST, add 7/8 in. Multiply 3 – 7/8 in. by 2 to equal 7 – 3/4 in. That is the size to cut your squares. Lay a darker and lighter square of 7 -3/4 in. right sides together. Draw a pencil line diagonally corner to corner so each corner is the end of an "X" . Sew 1/4 in. from each side of pencils lines (4 seam lines total, one seam on each side of each line). BE PRECISE. Now to cut. Looking at your unit as a large square, make vertical cut right down the center. do not move fabric. Now make horizontal cut thru the center. do not move fabric. Now cut ON each pencil line and voila, you have 8 neat HSTs. Look up the photo directions under Craftsy site. It’s soooo easy.

    —Catherine S. on March 31, 2014
  • I usually sew on either side of the diagonal line of two squares. I almost always make the square a little larger than called for so I can cut it too the correct size. This ruler looks like it would be much easier.

    —Karen A on March 31, 2014
  • I layer 2 squares RST, mark center line & sew 1/4 inch away from the line on both sides, then cut on the drawn line. I like this method a whole lot better and will use it from now on. Thank you for the tip and nice giveaway!

    —Ann Hudson on March 31, 2014
  • I’ve gotten lazy in my old aged and use http://www.quiltime.com papers for all my HST. I can make several at one time, or cut off what I need to make a few. For HST sizes, Quiltime doesn’t carry, I use my leftover Thangles or draw a line on the diagonal of two squares and stitch on both sides, cutting on the solid line. At my age, I don’t have time to use old fashion methods, and I try not to critisize those methods for others to use. It’s to each, his own.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on April 1, 2014
  • I have not been that precise with them, but it apparently worked for me.
    Taking squares and chain stitching them to the right of center and then back again, cut the center "gutter", open and press.

    —ruby t on April 1, 2014
  • I need the easy angle ruler! I currently, I use draw corner to corner and sew a quarter inch on either side. I’m a new sewer.

    —Natalie F on April 1, 2014
  • I sew a quarter of an inch on either side of the line. I would love to work with this line of fabric. It is beautiful.

    —Micki on April 1, 2014
  • I either use my CD of Triangulations and print the size I need on paper piecing foundation paper or I use Gerri’s method and use the ruler on strips, or if I have squares I draw a line on the diagonal of two and stitch on both sides and then cut on the solid line. Lots of good reliable choices!!

    —Marie Chat on April 2, 2014
  • I just did 12 blocks, all with half square triangles, and used Thangles paper for the first time. It was an easy no-brainer, but the paper did tend to creep when pinned. I would be interested in trying some other methods for triangles.

    —Gwen B on April 2, 2014

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.