I am wanting to make a quilt for my bed using this block pattern. But sloooowly. One block at a time ever now and then. My goal is to make this using ONLY fabric that I already have. This is a sample of one I started a long time ago but the blocks were too small so I am starting over (these are 4 inch blocks and I want them to be 8).
It is a pattern that I found quite a few years ago but I cannot remember where. Each block uses 8 HST's with contrasting colors, 4 solid squares of the dark and 4 solid squares of the dark.
I found a tutorial for quickly making 8 HST's and it works spendidly! So I will share it with you. This can be found in many places all over the internet so I don't know who first came up with it.
Step 1--The Math
Start with deciding what size of finished HST's you want to make (in my case two inch) and add 7/8 inch to that. Take that total (2 7/8") and double it. 2 x 2 7/8" = 5 3/4"
Cut two 5 3/4" squares, one light and one dark and place them right sides together.
Step 2--Stitching the HST's
On the back of one of the squares, draw lines from corner to corner and sew 1/4" inch on each side of the lines drawn.
Step 3--Cut the HST's
Keep the block stationery while cutting and pick up ruler carefully so as not to shift the fabric. There will be four cuts. One from side to side, one from top to bottom, and two on the drawn "X" lines. The picture below shows only two of the cuts (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of all four).
Once all your cuts are made, voila! 8 half square triangles. It is best to measure them to make sure each one is 2 1/2" square to make sure your finished size is 2 inches. Here they are all trimmed up.
Combined with the four solid light squares and four solid dark squares, here is the first block of my someday bed quilt!