Half Square Triangles

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been working on my disappearing hour glass blocks.  I’m using this Jenny Doan Tutorial.

Last year I purchased a layer cake on a shop hop.  Jenny has the best tutorials for layer cakes.  They are some bright happy colors which I’m going to enjoy.  layer-cake.jpg

Firstly, I cut some 10 inch blocks from some white yardage and then I sewed all four sides together.


I then cut each diagonally from corner to corner. Which left me with the below triangles.


I pressed them open and will need to sew them back together in an hour glass block.


I’ve since trimmed off the dog ears and measured to see if they were square.  They are mostly square.  I don’t think there is enough to trim. The tutorial didn’t mention to square the blocks so I am going to go with it.  I’m hoping that the are close enough that my blocks match up.  I will see when I get them together in the next step.

For those with more experience than I please let me know if these blocks will ok, or if you think I should go ahead and make them smaller and reduce the size of my blocks.  I’m concerned that if I trim them I will throw something else off and my project will fail.

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That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.




5 thoughts on “Half Square Triangles

  1. If there is not enough to trim, you are going to be okay. You can fudge little bits, and might not even have to. These are going to be happy and scrappy looking!


    1. Thanks, I needed that. I was unsure. When I put them under the ruler to see if they were square, only about a 16th of an inch might stick out one side but the other is that much short. I’ll just try to make it work as it is. Sometimes close is good enough for me.


  2. Not knowing what you’re going to do with the HSTs, it’s hard to say, but I do typically square up my units before using them in a quilt. That being said, if you’re not too far off, you should be fine. I really love the colors in this layer cake! What a happy quilt this will be. Reminds me of spring, which is nice given that it’s currently snowing outside! Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.


    1. I think I will leave them as they are. When I put the ruler on it with the seam matched up on the diagonal line, it may go over just a smidge on one side and be short the same on the other. I think I can manipulate the blocks to fit without trimming.


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