Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Easy Half Square Triangle Tutorial

 Here is a mini picture tutorial of how to make the pinwheels.  Start with the squares in whatever size you'd like :)  These are 8" squares from my Modern Quilt Guild swap.  They make a 10" pinwheel.

 You are going to need a contrasting fabric cut into the same size squares.

 Next, place a white one with a print one together, right sides together.

 Sew around all four sides with a 1/4" seam.

 Then cut from corner to corner one way....

 And without moving the square, cut the other way, corner to corner.

 Ta da!!

 Now you have a bunch of cute triangles :)

 Press toward the print... or the white, just press them all the same way :)

 Now for trimming the little dog ears...

 Lay them out.... be sure that you sew the blocks all in the same direction... trust me, it matters ;D

 Take care to match all of your points and seams :)

  Here are my cute rows...

Here is the top all sewn and bunched up :)

The top is basted.

The back... ..yes!  That is a GIANT pinwheel :)


I have a little bit more quilting to do tomorrow....  stay tuned :D


  1. Wow, what a great idea for making pinwheels! I have a pinwheel quilt on my to-do list, but I hesitated with the plan I had (making HST's from my charms). Now I'm glad I did! I'm going to dig into this tonight. Thanks!

    1. It is super fast and easy :) the only thing that some people don't like is that with the way the hst are cut, you end up with all of the edges on the bias. I like it because there is no need to trim the hst's... a tug here and there makes everything square and match up :) I really like the method. Super fast!!!

  2. Your pillow IS pretty cute! And the quilt is coming along awesome!

  3. Awesome tutorial! I love pinwheels!


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