Mar 28

Half Square Triangle Quilt Complete! (59)

Last Monday, I joined Amy’s “One thing, One Week” challenge.  I wanted to finish my half square triangle quilt.  Well, I got it done!


I have always wanted to do a half square triangle quilt, well, a big one anyway.  And, while blog browsing, I saw that a few people following Liz’s Blog were making one as well, so I decided to join along.  Using my stash, made over 400 half square triangles.   I sewed them first into rows of 18, and then pieced 22 rows together.


Using my Grass Green Kona and strips of left over fabric, I pieced a fun quilt back.



After working on my Flying Geese Quilt “Lemonade Stand,” I vowed to never do straight line quilting on a large quilt again.  But, this one was begging for it.  So, I went ahead and stitched around most of the seams, but I decided that stitching next to the diagonal seams would be overkill.  I love the look of it.  And, I think I am finally over my fear of straight line quilting!  (BTW, the wrinkles seen on the back of the quilt are from shadows, not from sewing over puckers.  Ever since I’ve used Crazy Mom Quilt’s basting tutorial, I have had VERY VERY few puckers in my quilts, all of them easily fixable.)

This quilt measures 94.5 inches by 70.5 inches after washing.  I forgot to measure it before washing, but it was probably 72 x 96.  This size makes it a very generous twin sized quilt.


I also chose to do a scrappy binding.  I had a lot of fabric choices for the binding, but I chose to stick with the cooler colors of green, blue, and purple.

I also had exactly enough left over HST’s to make a quilted pillow sham, with the grass green Kona for the back, and the left over scrappy binding.


So, here it is.  Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Hazle says:

    THAT is impressive! 24 rows of 18 blocks–and so beautifully matched! I’m in awe! The straight line quilting really is just the thing to finish it off, and I love the scrappy binding–I’m doing that on my next quilt! What fun–thanks for the idea!


  2. Robin says:

    Scrappy and beautiful! Totally fabulous. I love the straight line quilting too.

  3. Rachel B. says:

    Congrats on the finish. It looks amazing.

  4. delia says:

    Wow, it turned out great! What a cool looking bed!

  5. Stunning! Love scrappy quilts and HSTs!

  6. Oh WOW ! HOW gorgeous ! it is just Beautiful !!

  7. Becky says:

    What a beautiful quilt! It looks fabulous!

  8. Love the quilt and sham!! The colors are stunning.

  9. felicity says:

    You really can’t beat a scrappy HST quilt – love love love it.

  10. OMG, it looks AMAZING! I was strongly considering that layout for mine, and I can see in yours that it is a great way to go! Isn’t it cool how you can do something so “simple,” but it can have such a big impact?

    Wonderful, wonderful quilt. Hooray!

    • Tanya says:

      Thanks! It was a bit boring sewing it all together, though. Dividing it into blocks would have been much nicer. Thanks for the motivation. I’ve seen lots of beautiful quilts from others doing the triangle madness with you. I’ll definitely try that pattern, but with different fabrics. 🙂
      Congratulations on your new addition. Hope you’re getting some sleep 🙂

  11. carlasuewho says:

    I just learned the “8 at once” method of 1/2 square triangles and did a google image search for a quilt pattern to use them in and got this post. What a great quilt! And what a great blog! Bookmarked ya!

  12. ruth says:

    love the quilt loved it so much i got start on my own to make it but didnt know it took so many pieces lol my sqares are 3 inchs big its very scrappy but my galfriend said the more its scrappy the prettier it will be i dont about that but need to finish it first to agrea like everybody else a great quilt i love it

  13. Carla says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. It helped me make my own version of a triangle quilt this week. You can see a photo on my blog at More than 1242 pieces! What was I thinking!?

    • Tanya says:

      I love your quilt. I am a huge fan of equilateral triangles, and I understand what a HUGE undertaking this was! Especially because of its size! Good job!

  14. Martha says:

    Want to make. Love it! What size squares did you start with?

    • Tanya says:

      I cut out 5 inch squares to make the half square triangles. Then after making the half square triangles with a scant 1/4 inch seam, I trimmed the blocks down to 4.5 inches. So, the final blocks are 4 inches in size.

      Also, I wrote on my blog that the quilt was 18 blocks wide and 22 blocks long. That is incorrect. It is 18 wide and 24 blocks long.

      Thanks for visiting!

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