We have to admit that we do love Half Square Triangles! Barbara got rather carried away after Chris’s post last week and had a quick rummage through Electric Quilt for a few blocks where HSTs predominated. Have a look at the results –
Block One – Broken Dishes
A 4patch block requires 4 HST units, shown here with four mixed blue prints and a single light value.
For one 4inch Broken Dishes block cut squares 2 7/8inches and cut on the diagonal to yield 2 HST triangles per cut square. Arrange the pieces then join together to make the block.
Multiple blocks joined together might look like this –
Block Two – Pinwheels
One easy way to organise and use a wide variety of scraps in the same block/quilt is to add in a single consistent fabric for the background – we’ve hinted at this in the colouring of this Pinwheel block with 4 different blue fabrics and a consistent white background
To make 1 Pinwheel block cut 4 squares 4 1/2inches and a total of 20 scrap HSTs and 20 background/light scrap HSTs cut from 2 7/8inch squares. Pair up background and scrap HSTs, stitch together and press to dark, trim and make Pinwheel units. Lay out Pinwheel units and squares and piece together to make the block.
Here’s an indication of what a complete quilt top might look like with a simple sashing separating the blocks –
Block Three – Hovering Hawks
This is a great block for using scraps – the example above uses 5 different fabrics plus a single background.
To make a 12inch block cut 6 scrap squares 3 1/2inches, 10 scrap HSTs and 10 background/light scrap HSTs cut from 3 7/8inch squares. Arrange all pieces then pair up and stitch HST units, press and trim as necessary before returning to layout and piecing the block. in 4 units
Again, an indication of a full quilt top –
Block Four – Windblown Square
This block requires a total of 16 pieced HST units. Cut the individual HSTs from 3 7/8inch squares – you will need a total of 20 scrap HSTs and 12 background/light scrap HSTs. Pair and piece all the HST units, press and trim, lay units out and piece the block together.
A full quilt set with sashing – but it could be so much more interesting if the scrap colours were more varied and mixed – our example is blues only!
Block Five – Yankee Puzzle
Another traditional block which is made entirely from pieced HST units. For a 12inch block cut the HSTs from 3 7/8inch squares; you will need a total of 20 HSTs scrap and 12 HSTs background/light scrap.
No great leap of imagination required for a full quilt using this block –
And you could combine scrappy HST blocks of the same size –
Further musings on HSTs may show up in future Scrappy Sunday posts after we’ve had a serious rummage through the quilt picture archive. Happy stitching!