Half Square & Quarter Square Triangles

I’ve been busy working on my Anticipation quilt; pattern by Karen Neary of http://sewkaren-lycreated.blogspot.ca/. I have the 4¬†corner blocks sewn, everything else is cut and now it’s time to assemble. I’m feeling pretty certain it’ll be done by my deadline of June 22nd!

When I was very near the end of making the 1/4 square ¬†(QSTs) and 1/2 square (HSTs)¬†triangles for the Ohio Star blocks I thought “hey, I should take some pictures and make a tutorial.” :) I will be using 4 1/4″ squares to make finished 3 1/2″ QST.

In this Ohio Star block there are two different colour combinations needed for this particular pattern and I'll show you how to make them both.

This is a 3 colour QST. One brown, one cream and two pink squares are needed. Stack a pink with a brown and cream. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. I like to pin on either side of the line to keep the squares in place.

Stitch a scant 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line.

Cut along the drawn line

Seams are pressed away from the pink fabric. You now have half square triangles. HSTs

Nest the two HSTs together. Draw a diagonal line from one corner, across the seam to the other corner. Stitch a scant 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press seam to one side. Square up to 3 1/2" and you now have quarter square triangles...QSTs

This is a two colour HST. Lay a light fabric square on the dark fabric square. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Stitch a scant 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line. Cut apart and press to the dark fabric. To make the QST lay one HST on top of the other, nesting the seams together, making sure the colours are lined up correctly.

This is a two colour QST. Trim to 3 1/2"

Hopefully this helps the next time you want to make some of these HSTs/QSTs and don’t want to cut and sew triangles together.

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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One Response to Half Square & Quarter Square Triangles

  1. Karen Neary says:

    Looking good, Valerie!! Can’t wait to see it finished.
    Karen