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how to make magic 8 half square triangle units

If you are in need of making many many half square triangles, the magic 8 method is the right way to make them. With this method of doing half square triangles, you make eight HSTs at a time. There are some other methods to make half square triangles, where you make two or four HSTs at one time also. Half square triangles are one of the most used quilt blocks, either with other pattern combinations or alone. It is good  to know how to make these HSTs in a paractical way.
In this tutorial I will show you how to make 8 half square triangles at one time. 

You need two same size squares of fabric in different colors. I used 10" squares here. Mark a diagonal line across both diagonals on the wrong side of the fabric. It is shown in the image below. Sew along with 1/4" seam allowance on both sides of the marked lines. Using your rotary cutter, cut the square into eight. You will cut horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Now you have 8 half square triangles. Open the blocks and pre…

how to make a pinwheel quilt block

The pinwheel block is one of the oldest and  most beginner-friendly quilt blocks. They are usually created by using half-square triangles (HSTs) in contrasting colors, which gives the block its distinct appearance.
The pinwheel quilt block is a perfect project for sunmer. It is not only easy to make but also has a great look in different colors and a variety of fabrics.
You may have encountered or tried some other ways to make pinwheel quilt block. This is how I make pinwheel quilt block. I prepared a tutorial for pinwheel quilt block, making it quick and easy. I, of course, made it with HSTs. While making HSTs, I used magic eight technique which provides you to make eight HSTs at a time. When you need to make so many HSTs, this way is quite practical.
The most important thing with pinwheel quilt block is getting all the points matched in the middle.

Here we go:

Cut two pieces of  10 x 10 " squares from two contrasting fabrics. I used white and red fabrics  here.

Draw diagonal lin…