half-square triangles

Break a Leg Quilt

Meet the Break a Leg quilt.

When my nieces were younger, I promised them a trip out to see me for their first teenaged birthday. When the oldest niece had her trip, we went through patterns and books and fabrics so she could help pick out a more grown up quilt. (Her Winnie the Pooh quilt from when she was born just wasn’t cutting it anymore!) After a lot of digging and pulling, we came up with:

full wide shot of break a leg quilt

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Navigation: My Perfect HST Quilt and Mini

I finally finished piecing, basting, quilting, binding, and photographing Navigation: my Perfect HST quilt and its mini! I started this at the beginning of last year when the amazing Lee Heinrich came out with the Perfect Half-Square Triangle templates and hosted a quilt along that used these amazing pieces of paper.

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How to Trim Half-Square Triangles Perfectly

When I first started quilting nearly 20 years ago, the method for making half-square triangles was pretty straightforward and limiting. Cut your squares 7/8-inch larger than the finished block, stack them together, sew a 1/4-inch seam on both sides of a center line, cut them apart, and press. You were supposed to have the right sized blocks following these steps.

Except I never did. Ever. It was so frustrating.

And while a number of novel ways to create half-square triangles have come along and the rulers – oh, the rulers! – make creating them clever, my favorite way to make half-square triangles is to make them bigger than I need to and them trim them down after they’re sewn.

half-square triangle quilt block

A perfectly pieced and sized half-square triangle!

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