Half-Square Triangles vs Floating Triangles

Half-Square Triangles vs Floating Triangles

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I'm a sucker for a star quilt.

Simple, complex, intricate, basic, you name it ... I get all starry-eyed.

For all the nearly endless ways to make a star, every star needs star points. 

star block

And to make a star point, you need a triangle.

 

How to Make Half-Square Triangles 

If you’ve made a few star quilts, you may be familiar with Half-Square Triangles (also called HSTs). They're a super popular method for making triangles and star points.

half square triangles

There are a few different methods for making half-square triangles. Here’s my favorite: 

how to make half square triangles

But What About Floating Triangles?

Like Half-Square Triangles, Floating Triangles can be used to make star points, but they are so much more forgiving. This makes them perfect for beginning and carefree quilt making.  

floating triangles

See how the seam doesn’t go through the block’s corners? If your seam is off a little, no one will ever know. It doesn’t get much more carefree than this! 

Here's my method for making Floating Triangles:

how to make floating triangles

Want to give Floating Triangles a try?

Stay tuned for my new pattern, Leftover Night, which uses floating triangles for fool-proof star points.  Join my VIP list for first access to this pattern and more!

Leftover Night star block

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Tacy Gray
Tacy Gray
Hi, Anne. For the example here, if you cut 2 1/2" squares to make the star points, your block will measure 8" finished. I hope that helps! My Leftover Night pattern (coming out very soon) will walk you through all of this so you don’t have to do any math! :)
Tacy Gray
Tacy Gray
Hi, Mary. Thanks for your question! Yes, both squares should be the same size. The HST will be the same size as the squares you cut.
Susan
Susan
I like the name of your new pattern for the floating stars.
Mary
Mary
A great way to make HST,are both your squares the same size?
Anne
Anne
How do you know what size your star will turn out. I know there is math here, but too tired to figure it out, would rather just ask. lol Thanks

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