Category Archives: half square triangles

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

2016-01-14 12.03.23

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



Show and tell

What happened to March! I think I blinked and missed it!

I hope you had a lovely Easter and were able to make the most of the extended weekend, despite the weather, mind you the rain makes us feel less guilty about staying in and sewing doesn’t it?

I took The Corner Patch on a lovely visit to Oldham on the 19th March to The Patchwork Parade’s Quilt show. I met lots of lovely people and saw lots of inspirational quilts.

2016-03-19 14.30.51

The classes at the shop are nice and full and the ‘Roll-over Quilts’ are starting to get slightly more complicated and look stunning.

March’s Block of the Month was ‘Road to California’ a combination of ‘half square’ triangles and ‘four patch’ blocks

these are only a few examples because the ladies are very clever at sneaking out without letting me take pictures, anyone would think they didn’t want you to see them, when I’m sure you’ll agree they all look smashing.

Aprils block is ‘churn dash’ a mix of ‘flying geese’ and ‘half square’ units. Saturdays class again tried to sneak off but I did manage to get a few pictures

there are still a few spaces left on the Thursday classes if you’d like to join in the fun!

we had a Trip around the World in March too – not literately, but that’s what this quilt pattern is called and don’t worry you don’t have to cut out lots of squares (well, you could if you wanted to, but life’s too short, don’tcha think?) We started with 10 strips sewn together and then sub-cut and sewn back together.

the ladies only got to make up the first quarter of their quilt tops in class, but I’m looking forward to seeing them completed. In fact Sue has been and layered up her quilt top and started quilting it, in the workshop at the shop and it looks fabulous

2016-03-30 14.58.28.jpg

This has proved to be a popular workshop so I think we will be running it again, maybe not this year but definitely next.

so that’s a quick catch up for March, I’ll try not to leave it so long until next time.

Happy sewing X