Last year the guild I was a part of did a mystery quilt that ran the course of the guild year. I was the one running the mystery quilt so I knew what the finished product was going to look like. I really liked it and thought it would be great in two colors or a scrappy look like the design was intended.
However, I wasn’t fully aware of how many half square triangles there was going to be. Lets say over 300. And they were all very very small – 2.5″ unfinished. As many of you may know I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with HST. I love the quilts that they are apart of, but HATE making them because somehow I mess them up.
I decided that this would be the quilt to use to try out the different methods of making HSTs, after all I had to share a demo about the HST in guild. I search all over the place for methods on making more than 2 – again this quilt needed about 300. I had originally tried the bias method – sewing all the way around your square then cutting it up along both diagonals. Like the demo that Missouri Star Quilt Company has in this video.
But the math I tried, according to one tutorial, was a little wrong and I ended up creating smaller HST than I needed. For every 1 that was the correct size I ended up with 3 the incorrect size. I was worried I was going to run out of fabric. Then I remembered that Melanie over at Melanie Dramatic did a HST mini series so I made my way over and discovered that 1. I did have the math wrong and 2. the simplified grid method where I could make 8 HST in one fell swoop. Who wouldn’t want that? Especially if you needed 8 of that color scheme. It made this quilt much less daunting as well. The method worked amazingly well and I was able to finish the quilt using this method.
HST and I still have a love/hate relationship, but using this simplified grid method may be the way for me to work with HST from this point moving forward.