Quilt patterns with 1/2-square and 1/4-square triangles are found in many traditional quilt pattern designs. Yet those triangular shapes can be sticklers to piece! Here’s how to take the hassle out of creating triangles, in particular 1/4-square triangles. For more details watch the second episode of No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks online.
The Sampler Quilt
This 12-block quilt features both 1/2- and 1/4-square blocks. In a previous blog, I featured six of the 1/2-square triangle blocks. Now learn how to combine the two block styles to create amazing quilt designs. Note: The instructions to create this quilt are found in No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks.
Some quilt block names have a long history; others are simply made up on the fly! I’ll let you decide the authenticity of this block named the 1/4-Square Dance! Regardless of what it’s called, it’s the perfect block to begin our no-hassle quilt block journey.
Boy’s Nonsense (1898)
This quilt block named, Boy’s Nonsense, was officially recorded and appears in print in 1898. The block appears to include rectangular strips. Not so, the design is a combination of 1/2- and 1/4-square triangles plus a plain center square.
It might be difficult to comprehend, but the next block, Silent Star, is almost identical to the last block, Boy’s Nonsense. The main difference in construction is the center block—all the other blocks are the same. This is the case where fabric choices totally change the design!
Simple in design, yet elegant, the Ohio Star quilt block has been in use since the early 1800s, with a spike in popularity in the 1930s. See how this 9-patch block can be made the ho-hassle way in the 21st century.
Star of Hope (1980)
Now for your master’s degree in 1/4-square triangles! The Star of Hope combines a 1/2- and 1/4-square triangle; I call it a modified 1/4-square. Notice the three-color block of aqua, ivory and teal. Success comes by thinking this through and following the directions!
Card Trick (1979)
The Card Trick Quilt Block, like most magic, seems impossible to reproduce. What appears as sleight of hand, is a very logical block to create once you see the elements. The Card Trick—I know you will not be fooled by the design!
How to Make 1/4-Square Triangles
There are several ways to make triangles; my preference is to use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. Reference the left side of the gauge for 1/2-square triangles and the right side for 1/4-square triangles.
- Depress and slide the guide to the size triangle you’d like to make. The guide will lock in place.
- Cut strips the size printed on the gauge. Then cut strips into squares. In this example, cut 6-1/4″ strips, then cut strips into 6-1/4″ squares.
- Stack two blocks.
- Mark center diagonal line through the die-cut openings on the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.
- Stitch a scant 1/4″ from each side of center.
- Cut along center; press.
- Stack two 1/2-square triangles, meeting opposite colors.
- Slide the gauge to the 1/2-square triangle marking on the left side. Double check that the block fits within the gauge perimeters.
- Mark center diagonal line through die cut openings.
- Cut along center marking; press.
- This time, you’ll have two accurate 1/4-square triangles! Using the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge guarantees that the sizes of the 1/2-square and 1/4-square triangles are compatible in a quilt design!
Watch No-Hassle Triangles (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
Make This Sampler Quilt at Home
Bye for now,