Hey Everyone, welcome back to Technique Tuesday. For the past couple weeks I have been talking about half square triangles and this week I am going to talk about the cousin quarter square triangles.
What is a quarter square triangle?
A quarter square triangle is made up of two half square triangles creating four smaller triangles within the square. The number of fabrics used in the quarter square triangle can be anywhere from 2 to 4 depending on the look you want and the design being created.
First of all pick the fabrics – 2 to 4 different fabrics. They can all be from the same colour family just different values to create a monochromatic colour scheme or maybe 2 colours to create a complementary colour scheme. Four different fabrics is what I have chosen to work with – the primary colours with a 4th one thrown in for good measure.
Pair up two of the fabrics. I have chose to pair up the red & green and the blue & yellow.
Next make the half square triangles as per my post on How to make Half Square Triangles.
Once made press them open but do not square them off as we need them unfinished to continue making the quarter square triangles.
Making Quarter Square Triangles
Place two half square triangles together ideally with the seam allowances going the opposite directions so they but up nicely together.
Draw a line from one corner to the opposite with a pencil or marking tool of some sort passing perpendicular through he seam line. I flipped it over to the red/green HST to see the line better.
Sew a ¼″ seam on either side of the line.
Cut apart along the line.
Refer back to my blog post on half square triangles for a refresher on squaring off.
A four fabric quarter square triangle.
From the 4 squares of fabric I have created 4 quarter square triangles made up of each fabric which are seen in the photo at the top of the page – don’t they make a cool design. Too bad I don’t have enough of these fabrics to make a cuddle quilt.
Have questions or need assistance I am happy to help and only an e-mail away.