Category Archives: Half Square Triangles


One half square triangle (HST) can look totally different if flipped and paired with other blocks.  Yesterday, I shared the HST baby quilt pictured below.   Also shown is a table runner {still in need of some binding} using the same HST block.

Half Square Triangles flip flopped, inverted, reversed, and some added background fabric, you have the next quilt added to my long bucket list — Denyse Schmidt’s Ocean Waves.  Here is a link to a full picture of the quilt for the pattern in her recent book, Modern Quilts: Traditional Inspiration.  Last month, the Philly Modern Quilt Guid had a special event with Denyse Schmidt.  It was a very inspiring night, where she shared her journey.  She is truly an artist!  I was lucky to see this quilt in person — and I was shocked the the size.  Very very tiny squares, compiled into a small baby quilt.  Once reading the directions in detail, I was surprised the steps are to cut the squares on the diagonal prior to sewing.  It may be due to the small size; however, I will probably start with the HST route for now.  Oh, and it may all look like dark blue/black solids at a first glance in her quilt — but she added some great prints and even some orangish prints that really add dimension and character to the quilt.  This will be another goal of mine to add a hint of fun to the quilt!  Either way, there will be another quilt added to my HST collection in the future.


The Versatile Half Square Triangle

I started this project with a charm pack and yardage of Kona Cotton Bone.  In one night, I was able to transform the entire charm pack into Half Square Triangles (HST).  But then it took a week to determine the layout and design.  I was playing with diamonds, flying geese, inverted square — there was no end to the variations!  Finally, I settled on this layout with a diamond center and an echoing pattern.  Tomorrow I will share another project with HST.

With just one charm pack, I made a decent size baby quilt.  I even ventured out of my comfort zone and used an echo quilt pattern.  More to come later in the week with my exploration of using quilting designs beyond my go-to stippling.  Also, I now have name tags for my quilts!  I printed a set on fabric paper and appliqued them to the binding.