480 Half Square Triangles

I started cutting the HSTs for my sister’s king size quilt. It’s a two color/ two fabric quilt which at least makes the cutting a little simpler. Mom’s going to piece the blocks and then I’ll assemble the top and quilt it. We have no deadline. It gets done when it gets done.

Thank goodness for my Accuquilt GO – it’s my favorite way to make HSTs. I’ve cut all the blue rectangles needed but will need to cut more of the white. Each baggie holds 96 triangles (48 blue and 48 white) … enough for 3 blocks … and I’ve layered the fabric right sides together before cutting so it should be easy for Mom to just pick them up and sew.

Nine blocks down … 21 to go. I need to cut all of these before we head to VA on the 10th to celebrate Mom’s 90th birthday!


  1. I can see what a time and back saver those cutter are, but haven’t taken the plunge for an automatic one. I have a few dies for the Sizzix that I bought for $15 at our guild’s silent auction. I don’t have a place to store too many dies and couldn’t decide what sizes would be most beneficial. Happy birthday to your Mother, Mary!!!

  2. Mary, how wonderful that your mom is still so actively sewing. My mother passed away several years ago at 87, but was still sewing up until then. Our last project together was to make 10 quilts for Project Linus, all from leftover flannels from my stash. I have wonderful memories of those days we spent sewing and planning. My heartfelt best wishes to your mom on her birthday and for another year of happy sewing!

  3. So glad you’ll be able to celebrate with your mom on her birthday. Please wish her a very happy birthday from me!

  4. Lots a lot of triangles, but cutting them together like that will definitely save time sewing. And how special to be having a 90th birthday celebration with your mom.

  5. I enjoy seeing the beautiful bond that you and your mom have. My mom passed when I was in my early 20’s and I miss not having had those special times. Enjoy these times! My mother-in-law lived to 101 and enjoyed quilting until 100. She passed on the love of quilting to me.

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