MCM – My Love of HSTs

Yay! It’s Monday again and that means it is time for Main Crush Monday. Last week seemed to fly by and I was pretty busy in and out of the sewing room. Things were accomplished and that is always a good thing!

I’m pretty excited this week because I finally settled on a pattern for my son’s quilt that I first talked about here.

The pattern will require LOTS of half square triangles and I’ve just gotten started on them. I really don’t mind making these little beauties. It is kind of meditative for me to mark, sew, cut, iron, trim and repeat. I usually do a stack at a time and it keeps me from getting bored with the process.

Squares ready for HSTs

I have 132 squares cut. I have 144 more to cut.

A HST is so versatile – there are just so many designs and layouts they can be used in, from the simple to the more complicated.

Rachel of Quiltineering did a series of tutorials on her blog that shows different ways to make the triangles. If you haven’t had a chance to read her tutorials, it would be worth your time. She has some really great information (and she’s done the math for us!) and a few methods I had not seen before.

Trimming HSTs

When I make a HST, I like to start with a square that is a bit bigger than what I need for the finished piece. This allows me to trim the HST to the specific size and make sure it is square. It may seem a bit wasteful to have a pile of trimmings, but I would rather trim the triangles and have a square block than have to fiddle with the triangles to make them fit when I’m sewing them together.

I can’t wait to have some progress to show you on Anthony’s quilt. The design is really simple and classic and I think he’s going to love it.

Now it’s time for you to link up! You can link any post or Instagram pic that shows what you are working on and/or excited about this week.

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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3 Responses to MCM – My Love of HSTs

  1. Thanks for thinking of my tutorials, Beth! I’m glad you found them helpful 🙂

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  3. I’m glad that you have decided what you are going to make with those beautiful fabrics. I agree that starting with oversized piecing for HSTs is the way to go. I’ll be back to link up when my post publishes on Monday morning!

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