Piecing half square triangles in the pub!

Thursday. The day of the week I meet my friend Janie for a pub lunch and a bit of hand crafting. Janie knits, I sew. Over the last few weeks I’ve been hand piecing half square triangles (also called ‘hst’s’ –  if you’re just learning to quilt you’ll soon notice just how often we use acronyms in this stitchy world of ours!). They’re for my Ocean Waves quilt that I’m making from old shirts – one of which I was wearing when my son was born!

Sewing case and hand pieced half square triangles. © Stephanie Boon 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Half Square Triangles ready to go!

They’re so easy to take along, all I need are a few squares of fabric and my needle case, which also holds a reel of thread, a pair of embroidery scissors and a thimble.  I made the case a few years ago and I still love it. And, bonus, it hasn’t fallen apart!

Handmade needle case with a link to hand piecing half square triangles. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Little pockets in the front and back hold just what I need for some portable sewing

60 Hand Pieced Half Square Triangles Finished!

I’ve finished up a lovely pile of  half square triangles this week – 60! (When you’re slow stitching, that counts as a finish, believe me!) Enough to make 6 more Ocean Waves blocks, which I’m quite excited about for some reason. I made some of the other blocks by machine when I started, but I’ve really been enjoying the hand piecing and will probably carry on with it. On Thursday afternoons anyway.

I can’t recommend it enough. If you’ve got a project or two on the go that you started by machine but got left by the way-side in favour of other things, taking a few pieces out with you to hand piece will really move the project along without you feeling like you’ve actually done anything! Start with a simple component, like these half square triangles for e.g. They’re just two squares joined together by a diagonal line of running stitch. Most of us could stitch them while we’re talking with friends, or on a journey somewhere, so why not?

Learn how to hand piece your own half square triangles with this easy tutorial and join in the slow stitching movement in your quiet moments.
It’s more productive than you’d think!

Linking up with Finish it up Friday and Let’s Bee Social – hop on over to see what’s been happening this week 🙂

Until Sunday, happy stitching!

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com


7 replies
  1. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    I love the idea of always having stitching ready to go – might be a resolution for 2015 for me. I’d have to make a pretty needlebook like yours first though.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      They’ll probably end up in a project that’s both hand and machine pieced Jennifer, but I do like the idea that I can get on with parts of it while I’m away from the machine – I feel a lot less guilty about another work in progress looking wanly at me from behind the machine as I get excited about the next new project, haha!

  2. Ann
    Ann says:

    What a great idea to have something small and manageable. I’m still trying to finish hand quilting a large quilt but it’s almost impossible to take anywhere. This certainly allowed was you to participate with friends.
    So, so glad you’re back on Ocean Waves! I loved you pillow last year,

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Ann. I had planned to have the top finished by the end of this year, but I’d say the chances of that happening are pretty slim now! (Which is one of the reasons it feels good to at least be able to do something on it little and often.) Which quilt are you hand quilting at the moment? I really look forward to seeing it. I’ve got a lap quilt and a queen size on the go at the moment -and as you say, they’re too big to take anywhere really – especially in a back pack on the back of my bike!!!


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