Speed Piece Half-Square Triangles with No Two Alike

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePrint this page

Perfect for Truly Scrappy Quilts!

While there are a number of proven methods for making half-square triangles (HSTs), they all have one thing in common – you end up with two or more HSTs that are exactly the same.

That works for many quilt designs. However, sometimes you want all the HSTs to be different. This ingenious method allows you to do that without wasting fabric. It’s perfect for truly scrappy quilts.

Accordion Sewn HSTs Tutorial

Mug rugs made with this technique.

Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs has developed the Accordion Sewn HSTs™ method for those instances when you want every unit to be different. It’s simple to do and a great technique to have in your toolbox.

Accordion Sewn HSTs Tutorial

Watch as Beth demonstrates the process in the following videos.

Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it does not play on your device.

Beth recommends trimming the finished HSTs, therefore she starts with fabric squares that are a half inch larger than she wants the finished HSTs to be. For example, for 3 1/2″ square HSTs she starts with 4″ squares.

Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it does not play on your device.

For trimming Beth prefers the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers. These ruler have slots that allow you to cut off the dog ears. If those don’t bother you, any ruler with 1/2″ increments on the right angles will work (like this one).

Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it does not play on your device.


PLEASE NOTE: Quilting Digest has featured many patterns from vendors participating in the Craftsy Marketplace, most of which have been deleted by Craftsy. It's going to take awhile for us to hunt down new sources for those patterns. In the meantime there are many links to patterns on our site that no longer work. We apologize if this article contains one or more of those links and appreciate your patience while we straighten things out. Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: Quilting Digest does not sell or otherwise provide patterns directly. We showcase patterns and projects from various vendors, bloggers and other sources. Please make a note of where you access a pattern (the link in the yellow box toward the end of each Quilting Digest article). That way you can contact Support for that source if you have downloading problems or other issues. Thank you!


Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *