This is a great technique for making *Half Square Triangles* that eliminates the need to directly manipulate the stretchy bias of the triangle. It utilises two easy-to-cut squares.

# In the Pattern

You will be given instructions to cut *pairs* of squares, as this technique produces two *Half Square Triangles*. I usually give generous measurements so you have lots of wiggle room when trimming the units to exact size (for instance if you need a 1 7/8″ square, I will tell you to cut an even 2″ x 2″).

How I will show the requirement for *Half-Square Triangles* in the pattern:

So that means take two squares of D and two squares of E to make 4 *Half-Square Triangles*, by the method that is outlined below.

So you can make your own at home:

The rule for working out the size of square to cut to makeHalf-Square Triangles:

Add 7/8″ to the required finished size.

# Preparation

On the back of the lightest fabric (or the one most likely to show a pencil mark), draw a pencil line, diagonally from corner to corner. Repeat for every square you need in this fabric. No need to draw on the dark square; you only need a line on one square in the pair.

# Sewing

Stack a pair of light and dark squares, right sides together. Sew a scant ¼” seam either side of the diagonal pencil line.

Hint: some books don’t give you much wiggle room when it comes to trimming the *Half-Square Triangles*. In this case I often make my ‘scant’ seam even ‘scantier’; but, usually don’t let it get much smaller than 1/8″.

You will end up with something like this:

Now, cut along the diagonal line.

# Pressing

First, press the seam together, to ‘set the seam’; then, press towards the darkest fabric.

# Trimming

To trim the block to the exact size: firstly, line up the diagonal (the 45° angle) on your ruler with the seam.

Then, carefully trim your block into sheer perfection.

The result: a perfect *Half-Square Triangle*.

# In Your Language

Half Square Triangles TRADOTTO ITALIANO

kindly translated by Lilliana Soli of Fantasy Quilt.Danish: Half-Square-Triangles

Kindly translated by Conni Illum Thor of our Danish Facebook Group.

Thank you, Conni!