Festival of Half Square Triangles


Posted on April 3rd, by Amy in Inspiration. 7 comments

It’s my stop on the festival tour!  If you haven’t stopped by Megan’s yet, be sure to get all the details, including prizes, here.  There’s a line up of great bloggers sharing loads of inspiration over the next two weeks, follow along to jump start your next project!

I shared my new pillow, a little over a week ago, and decided to make it the focal point of my post today.  I LOVE having this piece on our couch, and the kids have been fighting over who gets to use it.  Maybe I’ll have to make another!

To make this pillow cover, I used one charm pack, and about a half yard of Kona Natural.

It’s a great way to experiment with a small amount of fabric, and put your HST skills to the test!  The only spot I made plans for was around the perimeter of the pillow, with the colorful half facing out.  Then I laid out the squares I wanted to include, and added all the HST’s.  I had fun working randomly instead of my usual detailed plans.  Deviating from the norm is so freeing,, and will push your creativity too!

I used 20 – 5″ charms to make 160 HST units, and I made a PDF to share my method with you!  Typically I would not be excited about making 160 HST units, but this makes it fairly painless.  In the PDF I also included multiple sizes, so you can make it work for many of your future projects.  Print and enjoy!

Quick Event Details:

After all of the creative inspiration, you are invited to link up a HST sewing project of your own — bags, mini quilts, home decor, you name it. Then our fabulous group of bloggers will choose 10 finalists, at which point it’s all up to YOU to choose a winner! That’s right, we’ve got some fabulous prizes up for grabs — stay tuned for more details!

Here’s the schedule:

Monday, April 2 — Sara from Sew Sweetness
Tuesday, April 3 — Amy from Amy’s Creative Side
Wednesday, April 4 — Faith from Fresh Lemons Quilts
Thursday, April 5 — Holly from Bijou Lovely
Friday, April 6 — Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt
Monday, April 9 — Erin from Two More Seconds
Tuesday, April 10 — Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, April 11 — Jeni from In Color Order
Thursday, April 12 — Heather and Megan from Quilt Story
Friday, April 13 — Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
Monday, April 16 to Sunday, April 22 — Linky Party featuring all of YOU over at Canoe Ridge Creations!
Monday, April 23 to Wednesday, April 25 — Viewers Choice Voting
Friday, April 27 — Winners Announced!
Enjoy the Festival of Half Square Triangles ~ Amy
Pillow Stats:Cosmic burst by mark cesarikKona cotton in naturalPieced and Quilted with Aurifil 50wt

Measures 21″ square






7 thoughts on “Festival of Half Square Triangles

  1. 1
    Sharon G says:

    The pillow is just wonderful, Thank you!

  2. 2
    Jacque says:

    Love seeing this pillow again! Gorgeous pops of color! Thanks for the pdf to use. :)

  3. 3

    This is such a fun pillow!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  4. 4
    Jeanne says:

    This pillow is absolutely gorgeous! The colours are fantastic! Thank you for sharing your pattern :-)

  5. 5
    Thea says:

    Beautiful pillow! I love HSTs.

  6. 6
    Carrie says:

    Thanks for the pdf. I love finding new ways to use charm squares too.

  7. 7
    Helen says:

    Love this cushion!! Gorgeous :)
    And the fact sheet you created on half square triangles is great–I have been playing with them myself after doing my first little pinwheel quilt with a charm pack and some solids–then I go inspired and made another with less wastage and more quilt! Your fact sheet takes out the double guess work for me, so thanks again!

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