random half square triangle love

by Nova on July 4, 2011

I love half square triangle quilts and finally I braved one! my first real adventure into (neat!) half square triangles! woot! all thanks to my new Go! baby cutter.

Inspired by ‘Sew Katie Did’s’ stunning half square triangle quilt, I made ‘Shards’, a throw size quilt top (yet to be quilted…). It reminds me of shards of coloured glass.

This came together in next to no time and I can’t tell you how in love with it I am.  I am excited to get it quilted now (not quite sure how just yet… please feel free to offer advice ;) )

I was really impressed with the go! cutter. I’m always a tad skeptical when it comes to gadgets & gizmo’s but I can truly say I  am very impressed by the go! baby cutter. It’s super speedy (i cut 216 triangles in well under 10 mins), it aids in precise and accurate piecing, it’s safe, it’s portable and it is hand powered ( no batteries or plugs required) & really, the waste is minimal if you’re clever with your cutting beforehand (see my vid below).  Also you get to choose which and how many dies you want to buy so you’re only purchasing what you know you will use. If you’ve been thinking about getting a go! baby cutter & have hovered over the buy button, I’d be happy to answer any questions you have the best I can, just drop me a line (on side bar) or leave a question in the comments below.

Here’s  my go! baby cutter in action. Hopefully it will give you a good idea of  just how quick and easy it is to use…

I have also put together  a little tutorial for you with directions to make a random and modern half square triangle throw size quilt not just like mine ;) the beauty of it is you just chain piece and don’t even think about it and end up with a unique &  randomly pieced quilt. Play with colour combos, add a feature fabric, just have fun with it!  It’s so quick and carefree to put together, especially with a little help from my new cutting friend ;)  Get my tutorial here. ( my tute assumes you have a basic knowledge of machine piecing)


half square triangles

216 triangles in well under 10 mins…

…chain pieced …

half square triangles

& add a border to offset your ‘shards’…

half square tirangle quilt top

My border pieces were patched together with what I had to hand, hence all the seams ;) plus I cut one bit too short. Oopsi! Measure twice, cut once & all that!  Once it’s quilted the lines will all merge so I’m not worried, plus I love random seams. Odd I know.

Happy half square triangling  :)

‘Shards’ – random half square triangle throw size quilt top tutorial ( all fabric details, dimensions etc are listed on the tutorial page)

For more info on the Go! Baby cutter visit the Accuquilt website & btw, they have a sale on their dies until 5th July! yay!. While you’re there why not sign up to their email list so you never miss a sale & get the latest accuquilt updates :) plus sign up now & receive 22 free quilt patterns! yay!




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