I’m having a blast with this skill builder sampler, but I must admit, DANG, this week’s pinwheel block was a killer! I’m not even a super newbie to HSTs (half square triangles), but for some reason this one literally took an entire evening…sad but true.
Per directions, I did the old “draw a line corner to corner and sew on each side” trick for all 10 pairs…so much cutting, so much sewing, so much trimming!
But somewhere around my third episode of Law & Order, as I’m slaving away, I remembered a sneaky little HST trick I learned from Jenny Doan over at Missouri Star Quilt Co, so I whipped up a quick little demo for you below. It’s so fast, you’ll almost feel like you’re cheating…ALMOST!
Ok, first step, don’t cut zillions of tiny pieces! Start with 2 larger squares (I used 5″ charm squares, but you could also use 10″ layer cakes, or cut any size you wish!)- I also love high contrast colors for these.
Next, lay one on top of the other, right sides together, and line up all of the corners. Place a pin or two in each side to prevent wonkiness (I skipped this step in my first attempt and the results were a little embarrassing…so yes, please, pin).
Next, sew a 1/4″ seam around the entire unit, leaving no gap. Now you’re palms are probably sweating and you’re mind is screaming “NO! Wait! We’ve trapped this gorgeous fabric inside of a weird little pocket!”. Hold your horses!!! The fabric will escape soon!
Now, carefully line your ruler up on two opposite corners, and cut.
Repeat in the opposite direction. Now you have 4 cute little triangle pieces.
Now we open, press, and…hey, wait!!! Those aren’t cute little triangles! They’re HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES! You just made 4 of them in like 90 seconds!
And look what you can do with these little miracles! ANYTHING!
Have you made a quilt using this method?? I’d love to see your designs! HST’s are so much fun- I want to do a zig-zag quilt next!