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Examples ||Quilt-N-A-Flash® HSTSystem™ Stencils for Rapid-Fire Half-Square Triangles


Getting Started

On the backside of the stencil, I like to use peel and stick fabric grippers. These are available in many varieties at your local quilt shop. The image features the small sandpaper dots.

Painter’s tape and a Pounce Pad® are the fastest and easiest way I have used to secure the stencil and transfer the image to my fabric.

Step 1: Transfer the Stencil Image

4 images  32 Half-Square Triangles 4 x 4 inch finished size in 4 minutes 54 seconds I’m making four 46 by 54 inches Baby Loves Polka-Dots quilts. For me to have enough half-square triangles for two quilts, I need to repeat these three easy steps eight times. Once for each color.

8 images  64 Half-Square Triangles 4 x 4 inch finished size 9 minutes 56 seconds Now I have enough images on my red fabric for all four quilts. Two for the identical twin boys and two for the girls. All of them on the way! I’ll cut this piece in half and put it aside with my other fabric choice for the girls. I’m really having fun with this!

Step 2: Sew

1a) Place your other fabric choice for the half-square triangle right side up and with your hands smooth it out on the work surface. Position both fabrics right sides together. Make sure the image is within the same area as the bottom fabric. Smooth out the top fabric.

2a) Secure the layers together with pins as desired, and sew all of the parallel lines of the grid. These lines correspond with fabric bias.

3a) Once you have sewn along all of the gridlines, remove the pins and press the fabric to set your stitches.

4 images  32 Half-Square Triangles 4 x 4 inch finished size 10 minutes 17 seconds

Step 3: Cut Them Apart

3a) Align your quilt ruler along the outside of the image along the broken lines and with the aligning points of the 0.5 inch squares and square up the piece on all four sides.

3b) Align your quilt ruler with the points of the 0.5 inch squares that join and intersect the grid. Cut the piece apart in both the horizontal and vertical directions. These cut lines correspond with fabric grains.

3c) Align the edge of your quilt ruler in between parallel lines located along the fabric bias. Cut all of these parallel lines apart. These lines are 0.5 inches apart. Once you have cut them apart you are left with a perfect 0.25 in seam. 4 images  32 Half-Square Triangles 4 x 4 inch finished size 10 minutes 17 seconds Pictured: 8 images  64 Half-Square Triangles 4 x 4 inch finished size 20 minutes 25 seconds

Total time to make 32, 4 x 4 inch Half-Square Triangles
Transfer: 4 minutes 54 seconds
Sew: 9 minutes 51 seconds
Cut: 10 minutes 17 seconds
TOTAL 25 minutes 2 seconds