Playing with All the Half Square Triangles

In an effort to clear out all (or most of) my unfinished projects and WIP’s, I pulled out these half square triangles I started making several months ago. I thought I had talked about them on the blog but can’t find the post, so I must have just written it in my dreams. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I received two charm packs from Moda when I went to Quilt Market last spring. One was a tan Grunge (yum!), and the other was from the William Morris fabric collection.

Moda Charm PacksNow these normally aren’t prints/colors I would work with. I’m usually drawn to fabrics that are much brighter. But for some reason, I found myself wanting to play with these charm packs.

The problem I had was what to do with them? Two charm packs just don’t make a very large quilt. I’m not a table runner kind of girl. I have a few for my house and that’s all I need. And I don’t really have the wall space for another mini – especially one with these kind of prints. So I just jumped in and starting making half square triangles. What else to do with a couple of charm packs?

(Do you have a ‘go to’ pattern you use for charm packs?)

Stacked HSTs William Morris Moda fabric

I ended up with 84 HSTs, not enough to make me happy. So I popped over to the Fat Quarter Shop to order another charm pack of the prints and the tan grunge, and some yardage for the back of whatever this is going to be.

Now I have 168 HST’s and my design options have improved. I hung a few on the wall just messing around…(this reminds me of a shark pacing back/forth along the shoreline)

Moda HSTs William Morris

…..and then I played around in EQ8 for a bit….

HST Quilt

….and really like how this looks, although the prints need moved around a bit. I added sashing between each row to make the quilt longer. This layout measures 58 x 66″. It’s the perfect size for a lap quilt. I’m going to have to order a bit more of the Grunge fabric for the sashing to make this layout work.Β  I guess I’ll be visiting the Fat Quarter Shop again! Maybe I’ll luck out and my local shop will have the tan color in stock.

Sewing HST blocks

I’ve started sewing together some of the blocks. This project may take a while, as I’ll work on it between more pressing projects (aka projects that help pay the bills…) I’ve enjoyed playing around to see what I can create. I hope to do a lot of more of this type of creating in 2018!

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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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15 Responses to Playing with All the Half Square Triangles

  1. erin says:

    Final layout looks great! I would never have come up with that myself, so EQ seems like a really good resource to help with the play-around aspect of it. Looking forward to seeing your top πŸ™‚

  2. Kate says:

    What a great way to come up with something new, just start sewing and see what happens. Love your final design.

  3. Laura says:

    I like where this is headed! These aren’t my usual colors either, so I understand the challenge to do something with them. I just finished two 60″ square quilts last month that only used 25 charm squares each. I love the pattern because it’s quick and easy but makes a large quilt! And it would be super easy to adjust to make any bed size too.

  4. Bonnie in Va says:

    Your fabrics look great together. I seldom use charm squares — but every once and a while I do. Fun to have new fabrics available without a high cost.

  5. Your quilt looks beautiful and a great way to use up those charm packs! Isn’t it fun to play in Electric Quilt! I had to laugh when you said you thought you had already talked/blogged about the charm squares…..I do that quite often!

  6. Terri says:

    I love your final design of your quilt. Now that’s a color I would work in. I’m trying to discipline myself to buy more brights and I do love them. It’s bad enough that the last 3 quilts I’ve made have the same color palette. πŸ™

  7. I can definitely see the shark fin pacing back and forth, too. I like the layout you created in EQ and look forward to seeing this quilt come to life for you!

  8. The fabrics are so pretty! They’re not my colors, either, but who can resist a great designer like William Morris? So classic. I predict you’ll make a gorgeous quilt out of all these many HSTs and you’ll suddenly know exactly whose quilt this is and where it will live πŸ™‚

  9. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Those are quite fun and think that your layout is just perfect. I think half square triangles are a perfect way to go with charm squares.

  10. Tish says:

    As I looked at the first picture of the HST’s I found myself going duh da, duh da, duh day in my head. They do look like little shark fins πŸ™‚

  11. I really like that layout too. It’s interesting how all of a sudden the hst’s on top and bottom appear larger than their counterparts.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Gotta love EQ8! Those fabric work really well together.

  13. Sandy Allen says:

    Love it! And I “need” some of the William Morris fabrics. Thanks for the inspiration and the link to the fabric. 😊

  14. My favourite way to create, playing with fabric and layouts. Love the grunge although like you it wouldn’t have been my first choice.

  15. Oh, that grunge is a yummy color (can I call grunge yummy???). You have a fun layout going on there. I like it!

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