Different Ways to Make Half Square Triangles

How many ways can you make an HST? The More you think about it, the more ways you can think of! Half square triangles are a "staple" in our quilt world with them being incorporated into a multitude of designs and resulting in traditional, modern, artsy, folklore, crazy quilts, etc. These blocks are very versatile and so are the techniques to make them. Some of the methods are familiar and some may not be. The number of HST required may determine which method you decide to use. I am sure that the methods listed with the instructions are not the only way to make these blocks but offer lots of ideas! So, lets start:

HST on Preprinted Paper for Purchase:

Thangles - paper triangles on a roll, uses paper piecing techniques, available in multiple sizes, quick way of making multiple HST.

Triangles on a roll - rows of paper triangles on a roll , uses paper piecing techniques, available in multiple sizes, another option for multiple HST quick.

HST Manually Drawn:

Ruler and marking pencil - this is the basic method where a diagonal line is drawn with a straight ruler, on the wrong side of the lighter fabric. One, two or three lines can be drawn resulting in one or two HST.

Specialty rulers with marking pencil - this method uses "skinny" rulers like Fons and Porter Quarter Inch Seam Maker, Quilter's Rule Quick Quarter, and Quilter's Magic Wand (to name a few) to make two HST.

Drawn Grids:

Four at a Time - create 4 HST from one square, great use for quilts where each block is different or use for smaller projects or when not a lot of HST required.

Magic 8 HST - create 8 HST from one square, fast way to make lots of HST, able to make a variety of HST quickly.

Quick-Pieced Grid Triangular Squares - this time saver crates 40 HST at one time by drawing a grid and then sewing 1/4" on either side of the grid lines. Best use for making a lot of HST where a lot of blocks of the same fabric is required. Not the best choice if a variety of HST are needed.

HST Rulers & Templates:

Easy Angular 2 - this is a flexible plastic template that is placed on your sewing machine bed and the "key" piece of plastic that is cut out from the template is lined up with your needle. Next, the entire template is slid around the key template lining up specific lines for accuracy and then the template is taped down with painter's tape to keep it in position. It is important not to lose the "key" piece of the template when storing it. I paper clip the key to the template and haven't lost one since.

Easy Angle - this ruler goes up to 6 1/2" HST and uses two strips of fabric so you can determine how many strips to yield the specific number of HST. The instructions are easy to understand and the accuracy is remarkable.

Easy Angle 2 - this is the larger ruler that goes up to 10 1/2" HST. Bonus - you can also cut squares and attic windows.

Fons & Porter Half + Quarter Ruler - this ruler has your cut strips of fabric and then the ruler is used to cut the HST. Another option for accurate results.

Wonder Cut Ruler - with this ruler you can cut your strips and sew 1/4" seam allowance on both sides of the strips. The great part is there aren't any bias edges to deal with. Make a lot of HST quickly, good for bigger projects where numerous HST are required of the two fabrics.

HST on CD:

Triangulation -  computer software that requires Adobe Acrobat, pdf files only which makes this easy to open and use for those that are not tech savvy. The program loads into the computer and automatically opens the program to the tutorial with great images and instructions. You don't have any math to do and paper templates will be printed out after you select one of the sizes Brenda provides. You select and print out however many you need. Also, the printed pages have you check for printing accuracy (make sure the outside lines are the correct measurement). The printed page also informs you of the number of HST you will get from the page and contains the solid and dotted lines (which you sew on). You do have paper to tear out after the block is finished.