Half Square Triangles

I haven’t finished the snowball top and I’m already thinking about starting another quilt …. I love half square triangle quilts and have made a bunch over the years. 

This was a quick easy baby quilt using 6 inch finished HSTs


I made a pink/purple version but it’s still just half quilted – somehow I haven’t found the time to finish up the big stitch hand quilting. 


This scrappy HST quilt is done …


This one is still waiting for quilting …


This is one Mom and I made together. The HSTs finish at 2 and 4 inches and I’m thinking I’m going to make one of these where the HSTs finish at 3 and 6 inches. 


What’s your favorite method of making HSTs? Mine used to be Thangles but now it’s my GO. I have the dies for 2, 3, 4, and 6 inch blocks. 

8 thoughts on “Half Square Triangles

  1. Girl in the Stix

    I like making HSTs by cutting squares, then stitching diagonally down the middle. I find I have the best accuracy that way. Love the quilts!

  2. JackieH

    Making HST’s with my GO is my favorite, it fast and no squaring up. And I usually cut extras for my HST scrap box, then I can have a bunch ready for when i’m in the mood for a new scrappy quilt. If I don’t have the right size die I like to make them with the 8 at a time method or Triangulations depending how many I need.

  3. Kathie L

    I do the ‘add 1 inch to finished size, sew, trim to size.’ It’s the best way to get perfectly square HSTs, but I admit it is time intensive.

  4. AnneP

    I too love HSTs – your tops have given me inspiration – maybe my next project. I use the Easy Angle ruler for making my HSTs – no waste at all and don’t have to do any math to get the right size.

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