Sometimes, its just nice to have triangle papers...
So what do you do when you are doing a little late night sewing and need to make small Half Square Triangles (HST)? Or perhaps your local quilt store doesn't carry any? (I do not have a local source).
Well — do what any resourceful quilter would do — Make Your Own! It's easier than you think.
,Here is a lesson on how to draft Half Square Triangle (HST) Paper and sew HST units using your DIY Triangle Paper. I have tried SO many methods for making HSTs. And I have come to the realization that I just need to stick with using the paper triangle method. I can't seem to get sharp points any other way when they are smaller than 2" finished.
First, let me say that I make a master copy of my DIY triangle papers. Draft once and make copies! That's my motto.
Here are the tools I use:
The iOS apps QuiltPaper and QuiltSandwich, and a black pen, a red pen and a ruler.
As an overall observation as to where we are headed, what we are going to do is create squares using the cut size of the fabric, draw a diagonal line corner to corner. And then we are going to sew 1/4" away from the line. This method works for any size triangle you need.
1 Determine the finished size of the half square triangle needed.
Let's say that I want to make a 9" Churn Dash block.
2 Here is the magic secret. Triangle papers are drawn in cut sizes. Which means the seam allowance needs to be added to the finished size of my HST. How do I know how big to draw my cut size square? Well just look it up on the QuiltSandwich app!!!
But not to fear.
Use the QuiltPaper app to create graph paper that has 8 lines to the inch. And this will be super easy!
Here are screen shots from the QuiltPaper app to show you how I created my paper —
3 Making my HST paper.
I want to make more than one unit at a time. So I am going to fit as many on my page as possible. Note that the QuiltPaper app will accommodate legal size paper AND A4 paper for our overseas quilters. Also the margins are adjustable! I am using standard, 8 1/2 x 11, printer paper.
4 Make a copy. Remember, you are making a master Triangle Paper.
5 Cut your fabric.
6 Lay your fabric strips right sides together.
7 Start sewing!
8 Wasn't that slick? No bias edges. No triangle tips getting eaten by the feed dogs.
9 Now just cut on the black lines.
I know that it would be unusual to use triangle paper for a triangle this size. But, I wanted to use big pieces so that it would be easier for you all to see what I did.
So as my gift to you, I am making available a sheet of 2" assembled HST, for you to download and try out.
These HST will finish at 1 1/2". There are 2 PDFs. My "master" PDF and a PDF that shows what they look like after the triangle strips for piecing have been created. Consider using this page for copying too!
Here's to joyful piecing!