Category Archives: half square triangles

Where has it gone?

This year is flying by, isn’t it? I’m finding it hard to believe that it’s July already.

Mind you, I am enjoying this lovely weather, are you? I know its a bit too warm for some and you don’t feel like doing much, but I do think it lightens peoples mood, we all seem more cheerful on the sunshine, don’t we.

July means Christmas here at the shop – I know – I’ve mentioned the ‘C’ word, but the fabrics are starting to arrive and there’s nothing like being prepared, is there?                     So to make room, we’re having a sale on the 7th July – it takes quite a bit of preparation and half of me wants to put it all into the sale and start again – sometimes I think it would be nice to have a blank slate and start again, but I’m not sure I would do anything differently!(maybe not order quite so much!)

We had our first Quilt Retreat last weekend – it was a lovely time – a lot of work and time went into preparing for it but we had such fun and everyone went home with some fabulous quilt tops finished or with ideas with how they were going to be. It’s a lovely feeling when something that you’ve thought about comes together and goes well. Everyone left asking if we were going to do it again – we’re looking at dates, so watch this space!

I’d better get back to sewing some of the Christmas samples, before the workshop get too hot …..

Stay cool until next time, Happy sewing x


Block of the Month

Chris’s ‘Block of the Month’ this year is quite interesting she has added a little twist – in so much as she has created four versions of a block in various degrees of difficulty, from one suitable for beginners up to a quite difficult one with lots of pieces and seam matching!

February’s block’s moved on from January’s ‘Strips and Squares’ to adding in ‘Half Square Triangles’

The magic of these blocks became apparent with the different fabric placements – even the simplest version could look quite different. This is what I think fascinates me about patchwork, how the same pattern can look so different just with different colour and pattern placement.

The results look stunning I’m sure you’ll agree. I can hardly wait to see what March’s block looks like the combinations of ‘Nine Patch Stars’ are going to be a joy to behold I’m sure.

Block of the Month – Sashing Star

So here we are – the final piece to finishing your quilt top – the sashing, I’ve added triangles to the corners of each strip and when you add a square, gives the effect of stars in the middle of the quilts sashing.

Sashing strips

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Download your final pattern here

Please let me see what you have been making.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas                                                                                                                      Jane

Block of the Month – Block 8

How are you getting on? Don’t forget I’d really love to see what you are up to.

This Month’s block is ‘LeMoyne Star’.

LeMoyne Star

This block is not as complicated as it may first look, but it does require concentration as you have mirror images. But you can have fun with shaded fabrics to get some interesting results.

Download your pattern here.

Until next time,                                                                                                                                                   Happy sewing,                                                                                                                                                      Jane

Block of the Month – Block 8

OK – back to the blocks again now. This month’s is ‘Square within a Square’.

Square within a Square Star

It’s a little bit similar to the ‘Four-patch Star’ but a different centre.

Download your pattern here

You might recognise this star as being The Corner Patch logo, I have to admit it is one of my favourites.

Here are few examples to give you some ideas


Bet you can’t wait for next month’s block !

Until next time                                                                                                                                                     Happy Sewing,                                                                                                                                                          Jane




Block of the Month – Block 7

this month’s block is actually a block, it’s the border star that goes around each of the blocks you have already made and the rest of the blocks you will make.

I have left until now because by now you will be confident with ‘flying geese’ and ‘half square triangle’ units and that’s what the ‘border star’ is made up of.

Border Star

Please download your pattern here

you can really play around with shading on this block. I made my border stars in different colours for each block, but some of the ladies chose to use all the same shades and a few used all the same fabric, the possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget to show me how you’re getting on, I’d love to see what you’re doing.

Happy sewing,                                                                                                                                                     Jane























Block of the Month – Block 3

Here is this months block the ‘Windmill Star’

Windmill Star

This block uses ‘Half Square’ triangles click here to download your free pattern.                 Half -square triangles are another simple unit, starting with two squares in contrasting colours, draw across the diagonal and sew 1/4″ either side of that diagonal line. Again a unit that has so many uses to create lots of different patterns.

Have a look at some of the blocks made last year….

Happy sewing