There are so many ways you can create a simple half-square triangle quilt and this is a fast and easy quilt project for you.
If you are a beginner quilter you’ll want to learn how to make half-square triangle quilt blocks. I use them in many of my quilts.
Simple Half Square Triangle Quilt
32″ x 40″
- Sewing Machine
- Basic Sewing Tools
- Frixon Pen
- Quilt Ruler
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Clover Flower Head Pins
- Binding Clips
- Clapper – excellent for setting seams
- Wool Pressing Mat
- 24 – 5-inch squares of bright batiks
- 24 – 5-inch squares of a neutral color fabric
- 1 yard of the same neutral color fabric
- 3/8 yard binding fabric
- 1 1/4 yard backing
- 1 piece of batting at least 42″ x 50″
How to make the half-square triangle blocks
There are several different ways to make half-square triangle blocks. For this quilt, I am using 5-inch squares of bright and colorful batiks and a neutral batik.
- Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (24) 5-inch squares of the neutral fabric
- Place one bright batik square and one neutral square with right sides together and the neutral square on top
- Stitch 1/4 inch from each side of the diagonal line you made
- Cut on the center line
- Optional: trim your blocks to an exact 4½-inches
Layout for the simple half-square triangle quilt
Here is a diagram showing how to lay out your quilt blocks.
- Cut the borders 3½’-inches by the width of your neutral fabric
- Add the side borders first, measure your quilt top in the center (my measurement was 32 1/8 inches)
- Fold the border in half and then half again and iron, do the same with the quilt top
- Match up the border and quilt top
- Repeat this for the top and bottom of the quilt (my measurement for the top and bottom was 32 1/8 inches again)
I did my piecing and quilting on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. I have a great light that clamps onto my sewing machine cabinet and really helps me see what I am doing.
Here is a close-up view of my free-motion quilting.
Finish quilting, trim your quilt, and add your binding. I cut my binding 2½-inches. That is Mr. Mickey in the background.
I like to complete my quilt binding using my sewing machine this way.
Finished Simple Half Square Triangle Quilt
This makes a beautiful wall hanging or a small baby quilt. If you would like to make a quilt like this but bigger, be sure and look at my Sienna Arrows half-square triangle quilt.
It is always nice to have some company when quilting. Rusty is turning out to be just like Mr. Mickey and likes to lay on any fabric on the floor.
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