Easy Baby Quilt with Half Square Triangles


Welcome to Quilt For Lovers, excited for another project?! How about sewing an easy and beautiful baby quilt with square triangles. You can use only two different fabrics or mix it with several different pieces, as you find more beautiful. If you love square triangles, known as HST in the quilt world, these are perfect, easy and fun to make. Sewing them together is easy and repetitive, it can make therapy

This quilt design uses 144 half-square triangles and has a simple colored border. This free quilt pattern includes instructions for making the half-square triangles and sewing them together. This is a pattern that you can also make HST scraps from while you are sewing my first Fat Quarter Fancy Quilt.


Child's Play Free Quilt Pattern - Easy Baby Quilt with Half Square ...

Tip: The final size of this quilt is 42 cm square. HST was 3 1/2 ” before sewing (3 ” finished), and the width of the border strips matched the square triangles.

If you want to change the size of this quilt using different sizes of HSTs and corresponding border strips, just multiply the final size of the HSTs by 14. Thus, the 4 ” (completed) HSTs will form a 56 ”, 5 square quilt The HSTs ” (finished) will make a 70 ” square quilt and so on.

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Approximately 42’’ x 42’’ square.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 yards of background fabric
  • about 1 yard total of other coordinating fabrics or scraps – enough to cut 72 squares 4’’ x 4’’.
  • 48’’ square of quilt batting
  • 3 yards of quilt backing fabric
  • 1/2 yard of binding fabric

Cutting:

From your coordinating print fabrics, cut:

  • 72 squares, 4’’ x 4’’

From your background fabrics, cut:

  • 72 squares, 4’’ x 4’’
  • 2 strips 3 1/2’’ x 36 1/2’’ (side borders)
  • 2 strips 3 1/2’’ x 42 1/2’’ x 42 1/2’’ (top and bottom borders)

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Approximately 42’’ x 42’’ square.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 yards of background fabric
  • about 1 yard total of other coordinating fabrics or scraps – enough to cut 72 squares 4’’ x 4’’.
  • 48’’ square of quilt batting
  • 3 yards of quilt backing fabric
  • 1/2 yard of binding fabric

Cutting:

From your coordinating print fabrics, cut:

  • 72 squares, 4’’ x 4’’

From your background fabrics, cut:

  • 72 squares, 4’’ x 4’’
  • 2 strips 3 1/2’’ x 36 1/2’’ (side borders)
  • 2 strips 3 1/2’’ x 42 1/2’’ x 42 1/2’’ (top and bottom borders)

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Make 144 half-square triangle units (HSTs)

Note: The pieces of fabric shown in these photos are not the same size as the HSTs, you can use them on your quilt (they are 1/2 ” smaller), but the technique for making them is the same.

  1. Use a pencil, pen or fabric pen to draw a diagonal line on the back of all colored 4 ” squares in the background. This is a cut line – not a sewing line.

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2. Sew in a straight line a scant 1/4’’ away from either side of the drawn line.

If you have an even feed or walking foot, you might like it for this step.

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3. Cut the half square triangles apart along the drawn line.

Press each one open and trim to 3 1/2’’ square.

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4. Repeat with all of the 4’’ squares until you have 144 half square triangles.

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Sew the Half Square Triangles Together

Arrange the semi-square triangles in the drawing shown above. You can choose a random and random layout (trying to avoid placing two of the same HSTs next to each other) or you can make a pattern with your different fabrics.

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2. To make sewing the quilt top easy, break down the quilt design into 9 blocks, each block with 16 HSTs as seen above.

3. Sew each block together by first sewing each row of 4 HSTs, and then joining the 4 rows.

Repeat to make all 9 blocks.

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4. Sew the blocks together to make 3 rows, each with 3 blocks. Then sew the rows together to make the center of the quilt.

5. Sew the 3 1/2’’ x 36 1/2’’ side border strips to the sides of the quilt top. Then attach the 3 1/2’’ x 42 1/2’’ top and bottom border strips.

Finishing the Baby Quilt

  1. Cut the backing fabric in half and sew it together to make a piece big enough for the back of the quilt (at least 46 1/2’’ x 46 1/2’’).
  1. Place a sandwich on top of the bedspread, beating and supporting together and water it.
  2. Edit the top of the quilt as desired. Join a grid of straight lines 1 1/2 ” apart.
  3. Cut 5 strips of fabric 2 1/2 ” x fabric width (or as desired) and sew them using diagonal seams. Link the quilt using your preferred method.

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See too: Morning Star Block


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