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Fast Half Square Triangle Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

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Just a thought about the size of your blocks, if you start with cutting the squares at 10" (as you would get in a layer cake) then you will get good use from the width of the standard quilting fabric (approx 42"); larger squares will give you a bit of wastage - but that could be used up in the borders - think about piano keys and/or other scrap ideas - and you could use the quick links Borders to find more.

Here are a few more ideas for layout of your blocks just to give you inspiration:

 

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Layer Cake possibility.

Sewing large squares together to create half-square triangle units is so quick and easy and you get to make your quilt in no time at all - just remember you need contrast in the squares.

Log Cabin Settings

Valerie encourages you to think about the various settings that can be used, and borrows many of the ideas from log cabin settings - such as Barn Raising and Fields and Furrows;  it does depend a little on how many blocks you make of course, but the overall key is that the block has high contrast between your two fabrics.

If you would like to make a log cabin quilt, click here to find out more.

Accurate Piecing.

Another of those ideas which with the rotary cutter and sewing machine combination you can trim back your blocks to be really accurate - we love that!

Great for beginners because the larger blocks are more forgiving.

For more Half Square Triangle videos: click here

and for another quick and easy quilt using just 4 of these units, click here for the charity quilt we made for Alzheimer's Scotland. (this is completely free to view).

 

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