01 Dec Triangles on a Roll Tutorial
I have to admit that I had no idea what HST stood for when I first started quilting: Hubble Space Telescope? Harry S. Truman? Helpful Sewing Tutorial? Obviously these were not correct, so I had to look it up. Ah, the old Half Square Triangle. Got it.
I had my first experience with HSTs when my mom and I signed up for a quilt class at Sewn Studio. The quilt is made up of 200+ of these little gems and I honestly had no idea what I’d gotten myself into. Luckily for my mom and I, we were introduced to Triangles on a Roll, which are “your answer to the half square triangle dilemma” (according to their site). I wasn’t aware of the dilemma, but I’m glad someone found a solution for it. As with most simple, brilliant inventions (think Snuggies, OxyClean, Post-its ), I wish the idea for Triangles on a Roll would have come to me first. If we’re being honest, there’s no way at this stage of my novice quilting I could have created them, but that’s beside the point. I’m not sure what veteran quilters think about them, but having no prior experience making HSTs, I think they are pretty neat.
These rolls come in 11 different sizes and you can cut the paper to make as many triangles as you need. I used the 3 1/2″ finished block size for my quilt. You can make 540 triangles with a single roll! Impressive.The bold directions below are the ones listed directly on the paper. I’ve added some tips/tricks/things to avoid in order to make your experience easier.
1. Cut fabric 9″ wide by length to obtain desired number of blocks.
Make sure you cut your fabric straight, otherwise you will end up with triangles that look like the one below:
I ended up cutting my fabric a little wider than 9″ to allow for more wiggle room when I was pinning all of the layers together. The only downside to this is that you need more fabric.
2. Layer two fabrics-right sides together
3. Pin grid paper to fabric
Try not to place pins near the arrows because this is where you’ll be sewing. 4. Sew following arrows
Shorten the stitch length while you are sewing to make your stitches more accurate. This will also help keep your stitches in tact when you pull the paper off your fabric. 5. Rotary cut all solid lines
Cut the SOLID lines around the outside first.Cut down the middle line.Cut into squares.Cut each square into two triangles.Tear the paper off each triangle. I found it helpful to rip the paper down the middle and tear out to each side. This helped keep the stitches from coming undone at the end of each triangle. You’ll be left with a lot of triangles and a lot of recycling:Press open the seams of your HSTs.
Clip the extra parts of your seams at each corner. This is a bit tedious, especially with 200+ of them but can be done while watching your favorite TV show or movie. Make sure you have a trash can nearby for all the little snipbits. Once you’re done pressing and clipping, you’ll have a bunch of beautiful HST waiting to be made into something pretty.Here are a few of the many, many ways you can arrange your HSTs:
Karate Chop. I actually have no idea if this shape has a name but that’s what it looked like to me.Hourglass: Again, probably not the most technical quilting term but seems fitting. Chevron:Herringbone:
I haven’t started making my quilt yet, but I plan on trying a Herringbone pattern when I get to it.
If you haven’t used Triangles on a Roll yet, I would highly recommend it. What are your favorite ways to use your HSTs?