Ode to Half Square Triangles

What can you say about the half square triangle?

It’s one of the most foundational units of so many quilt designs. It’s simple but not simplistic. It’s humble and versatile and basic and beautiful in its way. It’s a common, every-day-old-block, and yet, with it, quilters create a seemingly endless number of unique designs.

I recently started a new project that will be made entirely out of HSTs, and as I began to realize this humble, little block’s potential, I started to fall in love.

I love that there are so many options for how to make half square triangles. I found 7 different methods, maybe you know of more? My favorite is making 8 at a time with the “Magic 8 Method” (check out the Magic 8 Method described by Craftsy). Awesome.

I  also love that HSTs are a great use of precuts. My current project uses two charm packs of Flying Colors by MoMo for Moda. Two small stacks of squares plus a creamy background makes one big quilt out of super cute, pre-coordinated fabrics.

And I love that there seems to be no end to the possible designs you can create. It took me all of 5 minutes to build a mighty Pinterest board full of HST beauties.

Help Me Chose My HST Layout

It’s so much fun to play with different half square triangle quilt layouts.  I want to make all the quilts!

Eventually I’ll have to pick one, so I’ve narrowed it down to the three options below. Help me decide. Pick your favorite and let me know what it is in the comments below or by responding to my quick Quilt Poll on Facebook.

I can’t wait to hear from you!  Which one do you love? 🙂

1. The Classic Pinwheel? – It’s hard to go wrong with a classic like this. I love how all the pretty fabrics just dance around the quilt.

Classic Pinwheels
Classic Pinwheel

2. Fresh Diamonds? – I adore how these large, lovely diamonds make these small HSQs feel like big, modern design on a full quilt.

Fresh Diamonds
Fresh Diamonds

3. Diamond Dance? – Sometimes called Diamonds, sometimes called Square Dance…I like to call it Diamond Dance. Another variation on diamonds with so much visual interest.

Diamond Dance
Dancing Diamonds


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