Feb 13, 2014

Half-Square Triangle Sampler Part 1

The following is my interpretation of a sampler quilt using one unit for all twelve blocks, the Half-Square Triangle. This is a fun and quick project. Another benefit is it's a way to use up your scraps. There are twelve blocks measuring 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" unfinished. I'll be sharing a block a week with you. OK so you don't want to wait the twelve weeks to finish your quilt. There are those of you who can look at the blocks and finish them. By all means do it. The point is to have fun and work at your pace.
The following instructions are for the Half-Square Triangle units used in the blocks. Cut two squares, one light and one dark, 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" each. Using diagrams below as a guide draw a diagonal line corner to corner on the back of the light square. Layer and pin the marked square on top of the dark square right sides together. Sew a 1/4" from each side of the drawn line. Press flat. Cut on the drawn line. Press open toward the dark fabric. You now have two Half-Square Triangles. Square up these units to measure 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square. Note: There are 3 blocks that use different dimensions. I will share the instructions with you when the blocks are due for piecing. 
Block number 1 uses sixteen (16) Half-Square Triangle units. Turn and sew the units together to create the block as shown.
I look forward to sharing this quilting adventure with you. Look for block number 2 next week.
Any questions feel free to contact me at jaybeehive@yahoo.com.

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