Three ways to make one or more Half Square Triangles

Multiply your fun with half the effort!

Any way you slice it, a half-square triangle is a thing of beauty. For such a simple quilt block, so many incredible designs can be created! Half-square triangles are in about 80% of the quilts we sew here at Missouri Star, so we wanted to give you a few handy tips and tricks to make stitching them together easier than ever.

Here’s how 1 typical half-square triangle is made:

Take two precut fabric squares, stack them right sides together, and draw a line down the center on a diagonal from corner to corner. Sew on the line and trim away a quarter inch away from your seam line. That will give you a half square triangle that is the same size as the squares you started with. It leaves two smaller triangles as scraps. But we can do better than that!

Here are Jenny’s favorite methods of sewing half-square triangles, just for you:

2 at a Time

Take two 5” or 10” precut fabric squares, stack them right sides together, and draw a line down the center on a diagonal from corner to corner. Sew ¼ inch out on both sides of the drawn line, then cut down the line in the center, and press open. That gives you two easy half-square triangles!

4 at a Time

Take two 5” or 10” precut fabric squares and stack them right sides together. Sew ¼ inch all the way around the perimeter of the squares. Then cut twice diagonally, from corner to corner, and press open to make four half-square triangle units! But wait … it gets even better.

8 at a Time

Take two 5” or 10” precut fabric squares, stack them right sides together, and draw an x from corner to corner. Stitch ¼ inch out on both sides of the lines, cut diagonally on each drawn line, and press open to get eight beautiful half-square triangles!



Try using the Clearly Perfect Slotter Trimmers to make squaring up your quilt blocks simple. It’s a nifty quilt template that not only cuts your half-square triangles to the right size but trims the seam down perfectly as well! It’s a neat little invention, click HERE to get yours now!

Be creative with the handy half-square triangle and have a blast! Try playing around with quilt layout possibilities for just fifteen minutes and make something new today.  When you turn and flip these versatile quilt blocks the design possibilities are absolutely endless! Click HERE to see some of the tutorials Jenny used HST to create her pattern.

How to Cut a Fat Quarter!

How to Cut a Fat Quarter!

Quilter’s Confession: We love Fat Quarters Bundles! We love to collect them, pet them, admire them… but why is it so hard to cut into them?

Known by many as the “original precut,” the fat quarter is a staple in any fabric stash! It is so versatile and the perfect size for so many quick little projects!

our world fqb

So, what is a fat quarter, you might wonder? Well, it’s a quarter yard of fabric total, but not the way you would get a quarter yard of fabric cut off a bolt at your local quilt shop. It’s actually a half yard of fabric cut in half (on the fold). So, 18×22″. Some people prefer a fat quarter to a normal quarter yard cut because it allows you to see bigger prints better and is an easier size to work with. Or, if you’re like me, you can just collect them if you LOVE the fabric and can’t think of leaving the quilt shop without it, but don’t have a specific project in mind for it yet.

Wonderland by Riley Blake Fat Quarter Bundle

Which brings us to today’s topic. How do we bring ourselves to cut up that beautiful, perfectly-sized piece of fabric? There are some great options! Here is a great infographic that you can download to help you plan your next fat quarter project!

How To Cut a Fat Quarter

 

Click Here to Download the PDF: How to Cut a Fat Quarter

These diagrams were featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Block Magazine in Jenny’s Classroom. You can find it HERE.

Shop all Fat Quarters HERE!

We can’t wait to see what you’ve created with your freshly cut fat quarters! Share your projects on social media using #msqcshowandtell!

Happy quilting!

November 2016 Planning Printables

Happy November! I love this time of year when the leaves turn colors and cover the ground, it’s truly beautiful outside. There’s so much to be thankful for, including our wonderful quilting community! It can also be a hectic time of year in preparation for the upcoming holidays. Yikes! How are we going to get all of those gifts completed in time once again?

Don’t worry, this month’s Planning Printables will help keep you organized and on task during this busy month. Click the images below to download and print yours for free! 🙂

Click Here To Download The November Calendar
Click Here To Download The November Calendar

 

November To-Do List From Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Click Here To Download The November To-Do List

 

Nov-printables
Click Here To Download This List

The Lovely Leaves Pattern featured in this month’s Planning Printables can be found in BLOCK Volume 1 Issue 4.

What holiday projects are you starting to plan out and work on? Let us know in the comments!

October Printables – Quilty Party Games Part II!

September was Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s Birthday Month and we were thrilled to be able to celebrate 8 years as a company. It wouldn’t be possible without all of our amazing fans like yourself. Thank you for all the support! You deserve to celebrate your quilty awesomeness with your very own quilting party and we’ve got all the free printables you’ll need to throw one! Click HERE to download these fun Quilty Party Games and don’t forget the printables from part one of this post HERE.

 

Download this free Quilty Games Printable and throw your own fun quilt party!

You can donate the quilt tops from these fun games to your favorite charity! See a list of charities that we’ve compiled HERE. Happy quilting!

September Printables – Quilt Party Printables!

Well, it’s that time of year! It’s officially September and we’re all looking for an excuse to have a party with apple cider and pumpkin bread. Okay, well I am!

We love being able to bring quilty printables to you each month. Make sure to download your September calendar and some organizational printables!

But that’s not all! For September, we wanted to do something a little different! Did you know that in September we celebrate MSQC’s Annual Birthday Bash? This year our company is turning 8 years old, so what are we going to do? We’re going to party and we want you to not only be a part of it, but provide you with the things you need to have your own Quilty Party! Click on the links below to download all of these fun Free Quilt Party Printables!

Free Quilt Party Printables from Missouri Star Quilt Co!