Monday, May 23, 2011

Knee Deep in HST

HST is not a new vitamin 
or appetite depressant.

I have been dreaming in HST's.
Counting and sorting,and 
recounting HST's.

HST stands for half square triangles.
For my non-quilting friends, it when
 two triangles are sewn together on the
diagonal and makes a square.
I have been making 250 HST's for a red and white quilt
and the shop has had this exchange class going on so
I had made a couple of hundred  for that as well.


Using  a paper piecing method, is the perfect
way to do it.
It's done with 2 strips of fabrics placed right sides together 
with the printed paper on top.
I like to sew with the lightest fabric placed next 
the paper.
Then you sew on dotted lines and cut on
the solid lines. 

It makes for accurate sewing.
These squares finish at 2.5".

Press the pieces open before you remove the paper.
It helps to keep the fabric from stretching.
I press the seam towards the darkest fabric.

Next choose a good movie because
cutting off the fabric ears 
 and tearing off the paper
will take a bit of time.

But it will be worth it.

That batch is done.
Now I'll start on the ones from the exchange.
But first I have to put in another movie.

Until Next Time-


  1. Every time I finish a "HST" quilt I say I won't do that again for a long time, I will try this next time!! Thanks!

  2. I am going to have to try and make HST using the paper method. I have the paper method in my stash somewhere, have had it for years, just never have done it yet. Can't wait to see the red and white blocks.