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how to make half square triangles for quilts

By Hatun Comak → Sunday, September 30, 2018

Half square triangles (HSTs) are probably one of the most frequently used patchwork components. There are various ways of making these HSTs, but this technique is the favourite one for quilters. In this technique, briefly, you sew two squares of fabric together  diagonally . When you cut, you have two identical HSTs.

      Here is the tutorial to make half square triangles easily.

  1. Cut the squares according to the measurements and colors needed. Here I use 2.5"x 2.5" squares. When you sew them, you have 2"x 2"  HSTs.
  2. Pair two squares, right sides together. Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the wrong side of the fabric.
  3. When calculating the HSTs you need to remember that each pair of squares produces two triangle square units.

  4. Sew two squares together a quarter inch from the guide line. Sew both sides of the line.
  5. Cut along the guide line so you have two triangles.
  6. Open up one unit and press carefully, seams open. 
  7. Trim the "ears" in the corners, and you get 2" squares. 
What to do with HSTs? Below are what I have done with HSTs so far.

giraffe baby quilt pattern

By Hatun Comak → Friday, September 21, 2018

Another baby quilt I finished to be gifted to a lovely friend's baby.  I love animal patterns, they are so cute and suitable for baby quilts. That is, the main theme for baby quilts are animals in my quilts. There were bunnies, ducks, snails, turtles and now a giraffe. Be sure that more of them will be coming.

The finished quilt measures 50" x 40" (100 x 125 cm). So it is good for toddlers as well.

This baby quilt can be used for both boys and girls. There is a giraffe and a tree in the pattern. I wish I had added some more leaves to the tree. I think it would look much nicer- or the giraffe ate the leaves!!- There is a little bird on the tree. A rabbit and a butterfly are embrodiered to the fabric. There are also some clouds above. And it is completed. It was fun to make with machine applique.

Ducks baby boy quilt pattern

By Hatun Comak → Sunday, September 16, 2018

Baby quilts are adorable, as cute as possible, quick to finish and perfect as gifts. This quilt is suitable for baby boys and toddlers. It measures 50" x 40" (100 x 125 cm).

I machine appliqued the three ducks, one mother and two ducklings. I used yellow and orange for the ducks. Below are the detailed pictures of the ducks.

I also added some flowers around the ducks. They are orange and yellow and can be felt by hand. They are also machine appliqued. The white parts are quilted but I left the border unquilted so that it is fluffy.

I mostly prefer using animal patterns with baby quilts since they are so cute. I enjoyed making this quilt and hope you enjoy it, too.

sunbonnet sue cushion

By Hatun Comak → Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sunbonnet Sue is always one of my favourites. I like seeing this pattern on every kind of quilting. This is one of my earliest works, it was gifted years ago to my sister and I coincided this cushion ,n her house. I though I should add this to my patchwork diary and share it with you.

Sunbonnet Sue wears a colorful and flowery dress because it is a spring day. She is with her boyfriend and she gives a flower to the boy. The boy wears blue clothes.  (Is it only me that makes up stories with Sunbonnet Sue?!) It is a beautiful sunny day with a lot of flowers and butterflies around. They are so happy in this spring day!

Here are some detailed pictures of the cushion I made. I appliqued Sunbonnet Sue and the boy to the fabric and added some details to the scene. I embroidered some flowers, a butterfly, a little snail, some birds, clouds and a smiley sun.  

Free pattern for Sunbonnet Sue and the boy is HERE

It is up to you and your imagination to create the scene with Sunbonnet Sue. Whatever you do, do not forget to enjoy it!

free hexagon templates to download

By Hatun Comak → Saturday, September 1, 2018

Besides being addicted to quilting, being addicted to hexagons is something else. I am one of those that make hexies without any plan in mind. Today I'd like to share some hexagon templates.You can use these free templates for your own design or try something new, or maybe you just need more templates, just because you can't stop making hexies.  Sometimes it might be time consuming to find the templates on the net. Below are the free hexagon templates in different sizes to download. All you need to do is to print and cut out.

1inch hexagon template in PDF

hexagon templates in various size in PDF

If you are new to hexagons, have a look at the tutorial for how to baste hexies and how to make a hexagon flower below:

how to sew hexagon flower tutorial

 Or if you need more inspiration on working with hexagons, check the link below where you can find various tutorials to work with hexies.

some hexie projects

You might also like this Snowflake hexagon cushion

Hope this would be heplful for you. Enjoy it!