I’ve learned over the past years that the simple half square triangle block is one of the most versatile blocks that a quilter can have in their arsenal. They layout possibilities for this block seem to be endless – Check some of these out. And that isn’t even close to what you can do.
Yet, I have not always enjoyed making them at all. There seems to be an equally large number of ways to construct them too. And each pattern designer has their favourite method – which was confusing for the beginner quilter – where my L/H relationship started. Melanie over at Melanie Dramatic is currently doing a feature on her blog all about the different ways, please check them out, it is a wonderful feature – I’ve been learning alot. I know 3 of them for sure, I like the square stitch method myself, but often in patterns and kits they allocate enough fabric for the traditional way.
You see when I started my quilting I joined a group called Bible Blocks – now Where Women Gather and one of the most used block was the HST. Every time I tried to make one and put it into my quilt I somehow messed up the squaring up and would lose my points or the blocks would end up being too small. My friend had to write me a message about the HST to keep my sanity – it still works – 3 years later.
But yet I love quilts made up of all half square triangles. I have a couple on my design wall right now that I am playing around with. Here are three of the layouts.
This problems reminds me of my relationship with chocolate – love to eat it, but know too much is a very bad thing for trying to get into ones clothing.
What are your feelings on HST?