The quilt block we will be making today is one of a million blocks that uses half-square-triangles (HST’s). And yes, I might be exaggerating just a little but there are soooo many blocks you can make using them. If you only ever master one quilt block, the half-square-triangle is it.
Now, this block may look familiar to those that use EQ8 Quilting Software since the company uses it as their logo.
You can see in the image below two different versions of the block from their website.
This leads us to ask, what type of effect you want to achieve with this block?
You can see from the EQ image above that the blue logo has a 3D type effect whereas the box cover version doesn’t.
If you want that 3D effect, then you need to think about colour choice. You can see that EQ have used a dark blue for the main design and then accented with a lighter blue. So your goal is to choose one colour and then choose a dark version and a much lighter version of that colour.
If you don’t care about the 3D effect, then you can go with something like their box design on the right. You will notice that they have used multiple colours so the 3D effect is diminished significantly.
This is how the block looks as a table runner. We have a free downloadable PDF pattern for you to make this, and no, you don’t need to sign up for anything to get it. Just scroll down to the end of this post and you will see a download link.
But enough talk, let’s get on and show you how to piece together this block.
What You Will Need
|Block Size |
|Fabric 1 (dark blue)||Fabric 2 (light blue)||Fabric 3 (white)|
|6"||4 squares @ 2" x 2"|
2 squares @ 3½" x 3½"
|4 squares @ 2" x 2"||2 squares @ 3½" x 3½"|
|8"||4 squares @ 2½" x 2½"|
2 squares @ 4½" x 4½"
|4 squares @ 2½" x 2½"||2 squares @ 4½" x 4½"|
|10"||4 squares @ 3" x 3"|
2 squares @ 5" x 5"
|4 squares @ 3" x 3"||2 squares @ 5" x 5"|
|12"||4 squares @ 3½" x 3½"|
2 squares @ 5½" x 5½"
|4 squares @ 3½" x 3½"||2 squares @ 5½" x 5½"|
Tools We Used in this Tutorial
- Olfa Rotating Mat
- Creative Grids Ruler
- Olfa Rotary Cutter
- Square Ruler (for trimming HST’s)
Watch the Video Tutorial Below Or Scroll Down for Written Instructions
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Constructing the Block
Start by placing the large white square over the dark blue square (right-sides together). Do this for both of the large squares.
Sew around the edges of both with a ¼” seam.
You should now have two pieces. Take each of these pieces and slice into quarters.
You should end up with a total of 8 half-square triangles (HST’s).
Trim these HST’s back to 3″ x 3″. If you need help trimming back HST’s, check out our tutorial on how to do that here.
Arrange the pieces as shown in the image below.
Sew them into rows.
Press the seams as shown in the image below. This will help to nest the seams so that you have perfect alignment when sewing.
Once the rows are sewn, sew them to each other to form the quilt block
The final result!
DOWNLOAD TABLE RUNNER TUTORIAL
If you would like to make the table runner using this block right-click here to download the PDF PATTERN.
Thank you for sharing this pattern. It is beautiful.
Thank you for sharing this pattern. Going to start tonight.
Alanda Craft says
Excellent Cheryl😊. I love how the block ends up with a 3D look.