Half Square Triangles = Mug Rug

by Karen on April 27, 2011

in quilts, triangulations

Just  last week I posted a tutorial on how to use the triangulations that I was practicing.  I had 24 half square triangles to make use of so I made a mug rug from them and practiced straight line machine quilting with it.  I forgot to post it


Just the right size to add a small snack to it or to place a cup of tea on a saucer to catch spills – you don’t want to get it stained up too fast Smile the great things about these mug rugs though is the size – so fast to put these little babies together.  The lines aren’t perfectly straight but not too bad.


We had more rain today but not bad rain – only heavy a couple times and not as heavy as it had been.  It is actually supposed to clear out in another hour and the sun come out for the next couple of days – I hope!!

The winners of the AQS quilt show in Paducah are posted.  Go HERE to see the winning quilts.  There are some really neat ones like usual.  I really like the applique on this ONE by Deborah Kemball – I liked it enough that I search for a book by her and ordered one this morning Smile more inspiration you know.


I was asked yesterday how does this CD work  to get half square triangles as from looking at the sheet of paper it wasn’t clear – so here is a little tutorial.  Insert the CD in your computer and read the instructions – she has clear instructions.  Print out the size pattern you want on the kind of paper you want to use – I used Carol Doak’s paper piecing foundation paper as I had some on hand – you might want to print out several sizes and see exactly what they are – it displays on the computer screen really well so you can see what you have.


The one I printed says 1  & 7/16th inches. I really do admit though that I do not understand the measurements.  If anyone can explain this please do! When I pressed my half squares out they measure 1 & 15/16ths square.  That is why I say you might want to make one and measure and see if it is the size you want. Trim your paper down – I leave about a quarter inch all the way around.  If anyone can tell me about the measurements I will let you all know what I learn. EDITED:  well don’t I feel stupid – there are 4 files on this program and I only looked at the first one.  The second file you can find the triangulations for finished sizes of 2 inches, 2 1/2 inches ect.


Cut two pieces of cloth the same size (or a little larger is ok) and place right sides together and place the paper on top of it.  Put a couple pins in to hold the whole sandwich together.  Smooth out best you can.


Sew on or right next to the dotted lines removing pins as you come to them – once you have some stitches in place it holds together well without pins – follow the arrows and use your up/down needle positions to turn the corners. Use a small stitch and your needle that you use for paper piecing or heavier than normal cloth – I use a #14 or #16


Put the needle down, lift your presser foot, turn the paper and continue to follow the arrows.


Yes I forgot to start with a full bobbin and ran out and had to take time to fill.  Even with following lines I can not stitch straight it seems Smile but that is ok with this as it is in the seam line – make sure you stay on the right side of the dotted lines!  You will need to make sure you are squared up and if you are off of the lines too much that means more squaring up is needed though.


Using your ruler and rotary cutter cut on the solid lines, rows first, then do the individual blocks.


cut the square in half on the solid line.


trim your points on those solid lines


Press to the print color fabric – or whichever way works for the color fabrics you are making. Peel the paper off. Pressing before you take the paper off helps to keep from stretching if you have a heavy hand – press straight down helps also.


Then make into whatever design you want to make –


This size makes 24 half square triangles with one sheet of paper.  I think I will turn this little experiment into a mug rug – maybe later today or Sunday.  There are so many sizes available on this CD that there is probably one in here someplace that finishes at 2 inches – I’m sure I just missed it.

You could print this onto fabric by putting your fabric on freezer paper and then put through your printer.  I would check though on a sample piece to see if any of the ink bleeds out onto the fabric.  You can also use this for hand piecing either by printing out directly onto the fabric or by printing out one on paper and using a light box  trace your lines on to your fabric.