Half Square Triangles: Combination Unit

This week I'm featuring another quick block that can be created from half-square triangles or half square triangles or HST - it seems there are lots of ways to name these cute little units. 

These Combination Blocks contain three fabrics so I would suggest that you have a contrast between them for the proper effect. Nobody likes uneffective and unexciting Combination Blocks!

What do you need to create a Combination Block? I'm glad you asked :) You'll need:

  • 1 square of fabric
  • 1 half-square triangle the same size as your fabric square

I used a charm square and a 5" half-square triangle, but any size will work as long as the two squares are the same size to start.

That's it!

Now I suppose you'll want to know what to do with them, won't you? Okay, this is what you do next:

  • Mark a diagonal line on the back of the fabric square for your stitching guide
  • Put the two squares right sides together (RST - another quilting acronym!), and stitch 1/4" away on either side of the diagonal marked line. Note the fabric orientation in the video!
  • Cut the squares apart on the drawn diagonal line and voilà: you have two Combination Blocks.

To see all of the steps in action, watch the video below or on my YouTube channel.

There are lots of different orientations you can use with these Combination Blocks to create interesting designs. I've shown you a few, but if you have more ideas, please leave a comment below.

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Half Square Triangles: Hourglass Units

Welcome to Telecast Thursday!

I hope you've been enjoying my mini tutorials on half-square triangles. I've created a playlist on my YouTube channel where you can view two different techniques for making them. I'll be adding this tutorial to that playlist as well so it will be easy to find the instructions to make all these units.

This Telecast Thursday I'm working on an hourglass unit. These little units are created from half-square triangles. You'll get two hourglass units from two half-square triangles. Hourglass units are versatile and I'm sure you'll find lots of uses for them in your quilts. 

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel to see how quickly you can whip up some hourglass units.

Let me know in the comments below if you've made hourglass units and your method for creating them.



One World Quilt Along Block 6

Block 6 of the One World Quilt Along has just been released and this is the last horizontal block in this quilt. It's actually the last full block in the entire quilt as the sashing, borders and one appliqué element will be what we're working on next month.

I saw this block as the perfect opportunity to use some metallic thread on the snowflakes in this block. I was pleased that my Janome 8900 handled the metallic thread with no problem at all. I just had to reduce the top tension on my sewing machine and be sure to use a large enough needle and it was just like stitching with any other type of quality thread. 

Keith's version of Block 6

Keith's version of Block 6


If you haven't joined the One World Quilt Along, don't hesitate to join us now. Each block in the quilt is constructed individually so you can really start working on any block - you don't have to start with Block 1. There are two subscription options: Quilter or Viewer. Check out the details here.

Keith's version of the One World quilt

Keith's version of the One World quilt


If you are already subscribed in the One World Quilt Along, be sure to check out all videos that Keith and I have created. They provide tips and information to help you construct your quilt.

Have fun with this month's block and see you March 15, 2017 for the final part of this quilt.



Half Square Triangles: Eight From Two

This sounds like a multiplication exercise, doesn't it? It really isn't, but there is always some math involved in quilting and this Telecast Thursday episode is no exception.

Last week I showed you how to make four half-square triangles from two pieces of fabric. This Telecast Thursday, I'm going to up the game and show you a technique to make eight half-square triangles from two pieces of fabric. That's twice as many HST's! This is the multiplication part of the episode :)

For this technique, you will again use two pieces of contrasting fabric, but instead of four HST's, you will end up with eight of them.

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel to see how to make this happen.

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I'm continuing with my series on half-square triangles and easy block units next week, so be sure to check back with me then.




Half Square Triangles: Four From Two

In this episode of Telecast Thursday I'm going to show you how to create four half-square triangles (or half square triangles, whichever you prefer) from two pieces of fabric. Okay, maybe this also sounds like a magic trick and it really does work like magic, but it isn't. Sorry to disappoint you but there isn't any real magic in quilting (just like no crying in baseball!).

You'll need two pieces of fabric the same size and I would suggest that there is a contrast between the two fabrics to get the appropriate effect. Two fabrics the same colour doesn't work very well and you'll just up with a pieced square. I'm using charm squares in my demonstration, but any size of square will work, but the pieces do have to be square. Rectangles and triangles just won't do!

To see how simple this technique is, watch the video below or on my YouTube channel.

Do you have an amazing way to create half-square triangles? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Next week I'll give you another way to create even more half-square triangles, so be sure to check back next Telecast Thursday.