Thursday, January 9, 2014

Half-Square Triangles




What are your thoughts on half-square triangles? Do you love them...or are they just a necessity in creating some of your favorite blocks? I happen to actually love them...and try to stitch them up with scraps whenever I can



You can probably imagine how excited I was the other day when I stumbled upon dozens of pressed and trim hst's that I had forgotten about!



Of course I had to take a picture...


Or several...

And then I remembered that Camille shared a fun Craftsy video with 25 different block layouts--each using just 16 hst's.


I started playing with Camille's different layouts...


I didn't even move my blocks--I just rotated them according to the diagram...


Oh, the possibilities!



Then I started sewing...a quilt is in order, of course. I was inspired by Carrie's project using these same blocks and Thelma's project as well. And then...Camille posted a link to the pdf for all the block designs to make it even easier...get the link from Camille's post here!

Don't blame me if these half-square triangle blocks keep you from doing the things on your "to do" list. My own list was side-tracked the day I found my blocks. I'm hoping to make a few a day and finish this fun project pretty quickly!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS Simply Small is resuming!  Please send me any pictures of any projects you've made with 2 1/2" squares...my pattern or anyone's pattern...a parade with prizes is coming!

Have a great day!

27 comments:

Lynda said...

Your blocks/colours are lovely. I found two little buckets of triangle off-cuts this week and will be making the 25 HST blocks as well.

WoolenSails said...

I love them, makes it so much easier than trying to sew the ends by themselves. I also do the one where you sew along the edges of two squares, then you have 4 pieces at once.

Debbie

Christine M said...

With the hard work already done, you can just get stuck into the block making, Sherri! I love that 3rd block that makes a square.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I love HST's--they provide endless possibilities

Sophie said...

I am so inspired by this post, in fact - roll on the weekend so I can get half square triangle-ing!!!
Thank you for sharing.
Sophie
x

Stephie said...

LOVE them! Just got a nice little pile from making some flying geese and am getting all excited! Love your idea of pairing them with white. I'm still trying to get the hang of making them really neatly though!
Stephie @ Dawn Chorus Studio

Pinkflorentina said...

Hi
My eyes popped when I saw you had used Camille's fabrics as I've just done the same with a quilt design from Fat Quarterly. More half square triangles than you could imagine.....
Hopefully this link will take you to my Flickr page
http://www.flickr.com/photos/88565272@N07/sets/72157639589902643/

Sigi G said...

Wow - what a wonderful 'find' of Blocks. Roly Polys here I come!!
Thank you for sharing Sherri!

moosecraft said...

Looks like fun! Thanks!

karen said...

I definitely love HSTs. I never get tired of them.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I love hsts! I've been cutting more than sewing but here is one of my favorites from a Bonnie Hunter class I took awhile ago:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rsislandcrafts/6176021909/

Chartreuse Moose said...

Your hst's are beautiful! Look like sprinkles on a fancy frosting...with the lovely white quilting behind! Thank you for a lovely post!

ChristaQuilts said...

I love stitching up HST's and I can get lost my thoughts while trimming them up. Yours are so pretty!

Lynn said...

Oh! I love them, simple but striking, so many possibilities! Thanks for sharing Camille's info.!

LisaAnn said...

What a find! I think that is so much better than finding a dollar in a jacket pocket! :)

Tanyia said...

beautiful :) I love HSTs!

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Carrie P. said...

what a great surprise to find. they are all so pretty and yes, so many possibilities with HST.

SharonZ said...

I can't wait to see what other projects you've come up with for the mini charms. I used your blog tutorial on the scrappy 9-patch table runner for a Christmas gift. I'll email you the pics I posted on my blog.

Rene' said...

Lucky you to find such a treasure of half square triangles! Oh the possibilities!

Charo said...

I love your blocks, they are very inspiring I think I will do some HST with a scraps, it's a very good idea, thanks

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Love HSTs because they're so versatile.

pandchintz said...

That looks like so much fun! Thanks for the link.

Michele said...

Nice find and the blocks are so pretty!

Carol said...

I'm thinking of using Camille's block layouts too. How fun that you already had all of those half-square triangles. I just emailed you a picture of my Simply Small project.

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Love these HST's! I just got this fabric line too, and can't wait to make something of them. First I'll finish some unfinished business, then play with the new ones :-)

Heather said...

Wow, like winning the lottery! I love your placement options!