Sew Ottawa! Welcome to our Sew-a-long!

Thank you everyone so much for joining us on this sew along, we are so excited to get started and see what you all create!

Tania from Poppy Monroe and I will be here to help you every step of the way so please don’t hesitate to tag us with your questions on facebook or even send us a PM. Jenna-Rae at Fabric Crush has graciously offered to let us use her studio every few weeks to help some of you who would like some in person help. We will let you know dates and times when we have them ready to go.

Stay tuned to our Facebook Page. One of us will be going live to do a live sew along of the block soon!

Today I am just going to post the basic tutorial on how to make a Half Square Triangle Block (HST).There are several different ways to do it but today we are going to be tackling the easiest/most straight forward way and the way we will be using the most.

Step 1:

Cut two contrasting squares. For the purpose of this tutorial I am using 3.5″ squares which is mostly what we will be using in this sew along. For this quilt you will be using a 1/4″ seam allowance on all blocks.


Step 2:

Lay the white (or lighter coloured square if not using white) square on top of the darker square – right sides together – so the sides that you want facing up are going to be sewn together.


Step 3:

Using a ruler and a pencil (I used a Frixion Pen because I had one handy but a pencil will do just fine) you will want to line your ruler up from one tip of the square to the other tip as seen in the below image.

To make sure nothing shifts you can pin the block but stay away from the line as you are going to be sewing on both sides of that line in just a moment.


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Step 4:

Using your sewing machine you are going to want to sew 1/4″ down either side of the line – shown here in black thread – the line is shown in pink pen so you can see where you are needing to sew.


Step 5:

Once you have both sides sewn you are going to cut down the line (shown in pink here)


open up your two sides and voila! you have two HSTs!

Step 6:

Press your seams to the dark side.

Use your ruler and just trim off the little excess tails. If using scissors just cut as close to the block as possible.


Step 7:

Trim off your extra little tails and if necessary make sure the block is square and you are all done. Now just make a dozen more!


We will be starting the official Sew Along on the 11th of January but if you want to try your hand at HSTs right now then just make sure you use 3.5″ blocks to start and you will have a head start on the sew along.

Tania and I will be taking turns making blocks – I make two blocks one week and then she makes two blocks the next week. This way, at the end of the sew-a-long we divvy up our blocks and have ‘sister quilts’. Such a fun way to connect with other quilters and sometimes get the same block looking totally different. We have agreed in advance on a colour theme and fabrics though so it should match up pretty nicely!

I promise better photos next week, these crooked photos are making me twitchy

Much love,


2 thoughts on “Sew Ottawa! Welcome to our Sew-a-long!”

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