The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilting Basics 3: How to Piece Half Square Triangles

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Quilting Basics 3: How to Piece Half Square Triangles

This week is all about Quilting Basics and starting the year with a solid foundation as we begin a new Machine Quilting Block Party. Earlier this week we learned how to prepare our fabric properly and cut the pieces accurately.

Yesterday I shared a video of piecing tips to help you match seams just right and today let's learn how to piece half square triangles in this new Quilting Basics tutorial:

Half Square Triangles are going to be a big part of this year's Machine Quilting Block Party. Click Here to find the pattern for Block #1 and get started making some half square triangles right now!

Today I decided to challenge myself to explain half square triangles in the simplest way possible with an info graphic. An info graphic is an image that contains all the steps to a process in one place.

Obviously you have to keep the pictures and steps simple because there isn't a lot of space. This is part of my goal to simplify this year. How do I streamline a process and take out all the clutter and fluff to leave just what you need to know?

It's not easy for me to condense information because I want to share ALL of it with you at once. That's a bit overwhelming and sometimes not helpful. Sometimes it's nice just to see the steps in the simplest format and go from there.

I think I need a bit of work on the lettering sizes because I had to super size the image to be huge in order for you to be able to read the text. So if this blog post looks a bit weird - that's why!

I had a lot of fun creating this little image and I'd love for you to share it on Pinterest if you like it too.

Now back to creating half square triangles - I prefer this method because you never have to fuss with cutting and piecing actual triangle shapes. That's really nice because it seems like every time I cut a triangle it ends up going wonky.

So this method just uses squares and you stitch to both sides of the center, then cut them apart and viola! you have two half square triangles. It's like magic!

I know this isn't the only method to make half square triangles though. Do you have another method you like better? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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