Make a Half Square Triangles Around the World Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star!

Make a Half Square Triangles Around the World Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star!

Hi everybody. It’s Jenny from the MSQC.
Today I want to talk to you about this Triangles Around the World quilt. This is a simple half
square triangle quilt. And it’s one that I show in my trunk show and I realized that
I didn’t have a tutorial on it. When people started saying, Where’s that tutorial? Where’s
that tutorial? And so we wanted to do a tutorial and show you how to do the Half Square Triangles
Around the World. So let’s take a look at this quilt behind me. So, I mean it’s beautiful
for one. I love it. It’s a simple design and goes together easily. Great fabric line.
We’ve got, we’ve got eight blocks across, ten blocks down. We’ve got a 4 ½ inch finished
border. To make this quilt you’re just going to need one packet of ten inch squares. You’re
going to want to make sure that there are a lot of lights and darks in the pack because
you want to put those evenly together. You also are going to need about a yard for your
outer border. Since it’s only a 4 ½ inch border you don’t need that much. This is
going to give you a quilt that is about 57 by 69, somewhere right in there. The fabric
that we used today is a Shimmer pack. And it’s by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman.
And I mean it’s just a beautiful line as you can see from the fabrics behind me.They’re
just gorgeous. So again this is a basic half square triangle quilt. So what we’re going to do is we’re going
to take two squares. A light from the pack and a dark from the pack. We’re going to
put them right sides together. And we’re going to sew all the way around the outside
edge of this. So let’s head to the sewing machine and do that. You’re going to go
a quarter of an inch and just sew all the way around the outside edge. Now people ask
me all the time, Do you sew off the edge or do you pivot? It just depends how fast I’m
going. If I’m going so fast I can’t stop then I sew right off the edge. But if I’m
going a little slower, then I pivot. More often than not I’m sewing off the edge.
Alright here we are at the end. And we’ve got our little pieces right here. And what
we’re going to do now is we’re going to take this and we are going to cut it diagonally
corner to corner. And this is going to give us four half square triangles. So there’s
one cut and here’s the next cut. It’s always easier to not move your fabric. And
then we’re going to press these open. So keep your dark fabric on top. Go ahead and
set the seams, roll them back. And I just like to press them so the seam is on the dark
side of the fabric especially when you’re using lights and darks because that will hide
that seam allowance in there. So once you get all these ironed you’re
going to make sure that they’re all the same size. And we went for 6 ½ because that
is the closest to the size we want to use as much of the block as we can. And this is
pretty close but it might need a little squaring. If you find that your block needs a little
bit of squaring, what you’re going to want to do is you are going to want to find the
diagonal line on your ruler. You’re going to line that line up along the seam right
here. And you are going to make sure that the outside edge of your block is on the 6
½ which is what we’re going for in this block, a 6 ½ inch block. And you can see
we have just a little bit of squaring to do here. And that, it really will help if they’re
all the same size. So if your seam allowance was perfect and your cutting was perfect,
you won’t even need to trim these babies. But mine was, mine had a little bit of, must
needed a little bit of work because I’ve got a tiny bit of trimming to do. Alright. So then what you’re going to do to make
this quilt behind me, what’s really fun about this is this is all in the layout. It’s
exactly how it’s laid out. So I’m going to clear some room here. I have some other
blocks already made here. And what we’re going to do is we are going to look at this
center block right here. We’re going to put our lights together. Four lights together.
You can do it lights or darks. On our quilt we did lights. So we’re going to put those
lights together like this. So here’s our lights. And then we want to add rows around
them. Now it’s great if you have a design wall. I use the design floor, you know I have,
that’s where I have my biggest room is on the floor. And so I will start laying these
out. And it’s just how you turn them that gives you the pattern. So these are our darks
right here. And we’re going to put, we’re going to put our darks in just like this.
Now see how this, see how it’s starting to frame around it, just like this. And you
keep putting your darks and darks together and your lights and lights together because
this row, what we’re making now is this first row. And obviously mine on the quilt
are a little bit more mixed up than this. Although this looks pretty cool. So here is
this row right here. And then this next row, you can see it’s kind of zig zaggy. And
as you start putting those blocks in you will fill in that to make with your lights to bring
this out and make the next light row. Just like this. And they keep peaking just like
that. Here’s one over here that’s kind of a, it’s still a light. You can see we
have some in here where, you know, they’re, it’s a little questionable but they’re
still lights and then we have this row here. So once you’ve got it all laid out just
how you like it. Then you need to sew it together. So what we’re going to do is we’re going
to sew it together by row. So just for the sake of showing you I’m going to go ahead
and put this up here and make a full row like this. And then what I’m going to do is I’m
actually going to pick up this row. And I do that by sewing these two seams together.
And these two seams together. And I know this is the top one and this is the next one. So
I’m going to take them to my sewing machine just like this. And I’m going to sew those
two seams together just like I picked them up. There’s all kinds of methods for picking
up your quilt. Honestly I get so confused that I rarely pick up more than a couple at
a time. And then I’m going to go back and make sure they’re still in the right place
because it’s way easier to check than to pick. Oop, there we go. Yep, we’re still
in the right place. So then you’re going to sew that together and you’re going to
have the whole row done. One of the things I like to do when I sew rows together is when
I press them I like to go ahead and press from the top like this so that I make sure
that there’s no folds. And then I’m going to flip my row over. And I’m going to make
sure that all my seams are going one direction. So I’m going to press them all this way.
All these big center seams I’m going to press them so they’re all going one direction.
On the next row I’ll press them the other way and that will enable them to nest. So
now you have a row done, you can pick up the next row. You’re just going to attach all
your rows together and pretty soon you’re going to have a really awesome quilt. Now the fun thing about this quilt is I use
the lights and darks in one pack. You can see what happens if you use a solid for one
of your squares because these rows become very pronounced. And the borders just pop
right off of there. So it can have a very, very modern feel. Also if you take this square
here and say you started up here in the corner and then you lay your blocks out like this
it’s going to be a whole different look. Or what if you start your block on the side
and come out this way. I mean, the whole thing there’s just so many things you could do.
So many layouts. It’s just how you lay them out together. But either way half square triangles
make an awesome quilt. And this one makes half square triangles Around the World. So
we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the MSQC


  • Stitch Wishes says:

    I'm a double checker too! Otherwise I'll be all finished and find several pieces turned around.

  • Karen Lautzenheiser says:

    So pretty and so easy!! Thanks again, Jenny, for a great tutorial! By the way, don't ever change the background music when you speed up the sewing…love it!!

  • Andrea E says:

    I love that half square triangle method and used it recently in what has become a really interesting quilt. My question though is is there a good rule of thumb for how big the new squares will turn out?

  • Jo Stovall says:

    Another great quilt, Half Square Triangles Around the World ~ thanks for sharing!

  • markay vintageformeforever says:

    I always look forward Fridays Jenny, because I know I am going to see a new tutorial from you. Love all that you do, and thank you so much for sharing your love of quilting with your viewers. Markay in Ky.

  • Stitchscape says:

    This is perfect timing for a patchwork class I'm running on Thursday about using half square triangles. Thanks yet again x

  • DebbieMalo says:

    This is one I will try you make it look so easy!! now off to the fabric store 🙂 thanks Jenny i love your tutorials

  • Vonnie C says:

    Great. I have been looking for a simple dark and light pattern for my daughter's birthday quilt.

  • Linda Daley says:

    Where is your trunk show?

  • Jennifer Vanaugh says:

    Can you tell me how high your table and top sizes? Thank you

  • Rogeria Maia says:

    Seus tecidos são maravilhosos. Parabéns!

  • Jan Kalonick says:

    I am always eager to crawl out of bed on Friday — cause I know that Jenny is waiting for me with a new tutorial.  My husband laughs and tells me that he wishes Jenny had one every day – that way he could make the bed as soon as he is up!!!  Love ya Jenny

  • Beth Endresen says:

    I love that you posted this. I have that exact fabric line in mind to make my parents a quilt for Christmas. I was going to follow your Binding Tool Star pattern

  • Gayle Fadden-Keffer says:


  • Teresa Durán says:

    cómo y dónde puedo conseguir las telas y las reglas para trabajar, le escribo desde Santiago de Chile.

  • Marilene Queiroz says:

    Lindo. Brasil.

  • Dan Volz says:

    I really like your tutorials. I have downloaded them to my computer so I don't have to have Internet access, I can watch it. But, the download button hasn't been on the video lately. Is there another way or is it illegal to copy?

  • Susan Evans says:

    If I want to make a 3 1/2 inch square with two triangles, how big should the pieces of fabric be for 4 half square triangles? Is there a formula to figure this out?

  • Jeanne Geier says:

    I have a quilt design that calls for half square triangles sewn diagonally then cut diagonally and one vertical and one horizontal cut. If I use your "around the outside edge" system, will the triangles be the same size?

  • Carolyn Smith says:

    You make it look so simple. I think I can do this quilt thanks so muchCarolyn Smith

  • Shirley R says:

    Great pattern, Jenny!!! I already have the half sq block made and I just need to design and add border! Thanks again for the inspirations!

  • Beth Cooley says:

    How do you iron the seams when two diagonals come together? It looks like they go the same way? May I suggest a quick discussion on a video about what to do when seams go the same way. I love this quilt. Making it as a wedding gift.

  • Heather B says:

    I absolutely LOVE HST's would love to see more tutorials with those. And also thanks again for the lesson on squaring up. this pattern would be a cute pillow!

  • Claire Haire says:

    Is there a way to edit the info on the tutorials to show the issue of Block featuring a quilt? I have every issue of Block and all of it's previous iteration and would love to be able to reference a particular issue when I make one of your quilts.

  • Melissa Smith says:

    Love this quilt. Does anyone know the math equation to use this same method but end up with 4" squares?

  • Roberta John-Gorman says:

    Is there any way to add the block issue that your tutorials match up to? I have all the Block magazines but have to spend so much time trying to find the written directions to go with the tutorial. Would be so helpful. Also, just LOVE the background music you use when you speed sew. Thank you for what you do.

  • Bernice Porter says:

    thank you Jenny for all your sew easy tutorial. You are why I am still a quilter. I made two baby quilts from watching you, and starting another quilt. keep the ideas coming.
    Bernice Porter

  • Teresa Hooker says:

    Jenny, you are so inspiring and I absolutely love watching your tutorials. I have never quilted before and now I want to make it my new thing for 2016. So glad I found you and Missouri Star Quilting Company. Just compiling my shopping list before making my order to come to the UK! xx Happy New Year xx

  • Linda Paden says:

    this is the best tutorials I have seen yet

  • Julie Holleran says:

    This is a real stunner of a quilt.  My granddaughter will be needing a "going away to college quilt" soon…can't imagine she wouldn't like it….thanks for the great tutorial (as I am 1/2-square challenged lol) hugs, Julierose

  • Cindy Edmondson says:

    if i needed to make 4.5" triangles, what size squares would i start with?

  • Suzanne Stiles says:

    Thank you for a great tutorial Missouri Star Quilt Company and Jenny! I'm currently working on my first, pieced quilt using this method. I used the floor to lay it out as well, taking photos after laying it out. Doing this, enabled me to see how the colours looked. Each time I rearranged pieces, I'd take another photo until I found the most pleasing (to ME anyway, lol) layout. Now I'm sewing the squares into rows, using the final photo as a guide☺️. I keep reviewing the video to make sure I'm following the steps in order. Jenny, you are so easy to follow and LISTEN to! Please keep up your wonderful tips and tricks😍

  • Jolan Dallatore says:

    This is great! I have several layer cakes, and while I love the fabrics, I hate to waste the material as it's so lovely. Also, my grown children are all travelers (nomads?) and this is the perfect project for the next quilts for them. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Susan Osborn says:

    Love this quilt. Made it for my daughter in law for Christmas and it came out beautiful. Love all you videos

  • Andrea Kirschman says:

    I love this quilt because of the high contrast it can create. it is also so simple and yet doesn't look like it; those are my favorite!

  • Rosie Ysasi says:

    This is my favorite video so far! I love how you show how easy and quickly it is to make the half square triangles. This tutorial has given me the courage to attempt my first lap size quilt!

  • Vonda Eggleston says:

    This is a great quilt to make and it's quick and easy too. You can make it in color scheme and it's always amazing. One of my favorite and a real go to pattern.
    Jenny and the girls ALWAYS do a superb job on the quilts and tutorials. Amazing talent. Keep them coming. I look forward to Friday mornings so I can check out the newest tutorial.

  • Heather Fulton says:

    This is my favorite tutorial you have so fae! I have actually started doing my own and it's my first time doing HST. So excited! I'm using a charm pack and have been able I get 4 HST out of each two pieces of fabric. Your tutorial gave me the confidence to try HST. I've been afraid of working with anything that may stretch because of a bias. Thank you!!!

  • Maitel Johnson says:

    I am so doing this quilt with my precut squares!
    Thank you!

  • Audrey Vorkoeper says:

    I finished this quilt last month using Kansas City Troubles fabric. It was stunning….love, love, love your tutorials!

  • Debra Hartman says:

    I love that this quilt goes together so quickly. I believe it can look great in all style of fabrics and all size quilts as well. Thanks for all the great tutorials!

  • Peg Lewis says:

    I had a tough time choosing a favorite but since I needed to I guess it would choose the "Half Square Triangle"; around the world. It is because of the versatility of this block.  You can make a quilt with either your layer cakes or the charm packs.  The different lay-outs and patterns are endless and it is so easy to do with quick satisfaction.  Thank you Jenny and MSQC for your wonderful video's (I love them all) and products.  You are my favorite place to get all my quilting needs.  Thank you again.

  • Kristie Champagne says:

    love this quilt ! i started making my half square triangles today and when i get them all sewn together and then cut and open them up to iron them the seam goes past the square and i get these little xtra ends…is there a way to get rid of them or am i doing it wrong ?

  • Susan Sews says:

    I love mine, trying to get it pinned

  • AngiesQuilting says:

    I just added this to my "favorites". Wonderful project! Beautiful Quilt! Jenny, thank you so much! My dream is to meet you and attend one of your trunk shows and classes. I'm in North Calif.

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  • Eddie Mingua says:

    Your amazing!!.. As a beginner you make everything so easy to follow and create. Do you have a tutorial on a double wedding ring?

  • collette wilson says:

    wish me luck

  • dsailler says:

    Hi! I am wanting to make this beautiful quilt for me and my husbands bed. Any advice on how to adjust this to fit a queen size bed? Will using more blocks keep the integrity of the look but just enlarge it? Thank you! Love your videos!!

  • Rebecca Chase says:

    Can you also use charm packs instead of the 10" squares?

  • Mary Kay Harman says:

    Is there a printed pattern for this quilt?

  • Juanita Vela says:

    working on this now…love it… this is my third topper all 3 yours ..thank you for the clear directions! having so much fun

  • Becca Bradley says:

    I have tried some of your designs. They're simple to do, but I end up with blocks that are kind of wavy due to all the bias edges.

  • Kathleen Waltz says:

    After I've laid out my blocks how I want them, I take a photo or two with my cell phone before I start picking up blocks to sew together. Makes it much easier to figure it out if I get confused about the order.

  • Marzeena Packeerally says:

    Hi i am Shermila. I love all your videos. I am from Sri Lanka. thank you for sharing the videos.

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  • Mags Nash says:

    Yes that was a great 👍 tutorial and I really enjoyed your tutorial as always. The colour scheme was great 👍 too. Thank you so much 😊 Jenny

  • Jim Hogan says:

    Thank You. You always show the easy way to make a beautiful quilt.

  • Bonnie Fredmund says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.  Your awesome!

  • Lisa Starr says:

    is there a pattern for this QUILT? i'm making a queen size and need to know how many squares i will need, etc. thanks

  • Sandra Cherry says:

    Beautiful quilt.Jenny you make it look so easy.Love your videos,Thanx

  • tressie carter says:


  • Maria Alice De Oliveira Souza Castro says:

    Eu adoro seu ferro de passar, gostaria de ter um desse. Onde encontro , aqui no Brasil? Você consegue me dizer? Um abraço, parabéns pelos trabalhos, perfeitos.

  • Ky says:

    I have a bunch of fat quarters I would love to use for this quilt. Do you think it would be ok to use 9" squares (as you get 4 out of a FQ instead of 2 10" squares) and end up with a slightly smaller quilt?

  • TOOTVideo Showcase says:

    Is it possible to do this as a quilt as you go quilt?

  • Elaine Reib says:

    I made this quilt but added my flair to it. I just cannot figure out how to send you a photo. I think it turned out perfect.

  • Sheryl Johnson says:

    I'm a fairly new quilter. I've discovered, if I sew off the edge while sewing around all 4 sides, then cut thru where the two sew lines come together, mine came out so much more square and needed less trimming. This REALLY helped when I used 2 different designers for the different fabrics, since the pre-cut 10" were not exactly the same size. (pick one designers fabric and sew your 1/4" seam according to that fabric)

  • Sheryl Johnson says:

    To keep mine straight, once I do my lay out, I use small pieces of masking tape, and label rows from top to bottom, A, B, C, D, etc. And blocks from left to right, 1, 2, 3, etc. So block "C-2" would be 3rd row from top, 2nd block from left. This way if I can't finish putting top together at one time, no worries about getting things mixed up. And the masking tape peels off easy when you need it off, with no residue!

  • Lorelle Chambers says:

    Love this quilt thanks Jenny

  • Lyn Gala says:

    I am so disappointed in your company. I have enjoyed so many shipments. I have a quilt on my bed now using batiques I love. But on May 28th I ordered a number of items, including white on white backing. It is now July 28th and after four different people have all made promises and excuses, I still have NO fabric and NO refund. Every company makes mistakes, but eight weeks and multiple excuses later, it's clear your company does not know how to handle mistakes.

  • Tasha's Sewing Tutorials says:

    i love your cutting and sewing table combo. please tell were you got it or who built it for you. I need that in my life

  • Onwardbe says:

    you are so inspiring thank you so much

  • Ana Maria Maurilio Ribeiro says:

    muito bom. Amei

  • vpiltk says:

    The HST there is a little tab. Do you cut those off?

  • Terry Skupowski says:

    New to quilting, thanks so much Jenny for your help on these triangles.  I was a bit confused and think I am going to make my new granddaughter a lovely quilt.     I like the idea posted below of taking a picture to make sure placement stays correct.

  • Linda Daley says:

    Could you please do a tutorial on a trip around the world quilt? Thanks. Love this quilt!

  • Gloria Montenegro says:

    What is the name fabric?
    Calico,line?? Algodón

  • steph pennell says:

    I've got 8 fat quarter packs could I do this quilt with these plz

  • Betty Littrell says:

    well here I go ,first quilt and I am 65 now, but I am determined to do so.thanks it looks so awesome.

  • Angie says:

    Jenny, this is beautiful! Did you match your backing to your border and binding?

  • Janice Ball says:

    How many 10 inch squares in a layer cake please?

  • Carrie Levine says:

    LOVE your videos!! Thank you for your sharing and helpful info!!!!

  • Carrie Levine says:

    How do you know which color to also purchase for the added yard of fabric?

  • Carrie Levine says:

    Is there a written pattern for this?

  • Carrie Levine says:

    I made this quilt!! I was so inspired by your video. I used SnowmanGatherings III pack. It turned out great. Fastest quilt I’ve ever made and accurate too. Thank you so much for sharing.


    I can not find 10" blocks. Could I cut a 12×12 square and do the same thing

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  • Anne Trenary says:

    Today is January 10, 2018 …. my question is, I have a paisley 10" layer cake pack and wanting to use just four colors and white can this be done? thanks and I love watching your tutorials. Sometimes I have to watch them 3 or 4 times before it sinks in.

  • Vicki Boring says:

    i have some beautiful batiks i want to use to do this pattern, but, do you think if i used brown instead of white it would look pretty?

  • Lori Korell says:

    I made my own 10 inch squares and didn't need to buy a layer cake. Very easy peasy and cute. You can also make the quilt bigger !

  • Brandon Taylor says:

    Where can the fluorescent rulers be found

  • Lori Henderson says:

    You never mention washing your fabric should I wash if I am using pre cuts and yardage

  • Steven Sagar-Watson says:

    Hi Jenny I love your shows and I am hooked on watching them over in the UK. I loved the way you where laying out this quilt , would you ever do a quilt like this but make it a bit more modern and contemporary making it more pronounced light and dark using just 2 fabrics either solids or plainish fabrics instead of it being scrappy. Many Thanks

  • Tiffany Hutson says:

    How many yards are needed for the backing on this?

  • Innocenza Scigliano says:

    Potete inserire i sottotitoli in iraliano per piacere

  • Nishan Paper Craft says:

    i like your job ………….thanks dear

  • Susan Maroney says:

    gorgeous and so simple thank you

  • Мария Веселова says:

    Спасибо большое

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