Improv Quilt with Patchwork Half Square Triangles

I recently signed up for Leah Day’s Free Motion Fillers, Volume 1 on Craftsy (more on that below)! I figured that while I was practicing my free motion quilting I might as well use up fabric I had on hand (although the class does give instructions and a pattern for a practice quilt). About a decade ago, I made a bunch of pillow for my college dorm room with no concern for matching up seams or seam allowances or anything like that! After college I removed all the lumpy filling and threw it away, but kept the pillow exteriors that I had made with random strips and squares of fabric. I pulled them out of storage and cut apart the pillow fronts and backs, then cut all of them into the same size squares. I had 9 squares so I went ahead and made 3 more for a total of twelve 12.5″ squares.

If you’ve got practice blocks, extra blocks of the month or any extra quilt blocks laying around, this is a great way to use up those squares and get them into a quilt! It’s also a fun way to play around with scraps without using a defined pattern, just make 12 blocks in any pattern you like. After getting together my twelve 12.5″ squares, I cut each square on the diagonal. And since it’s not precise, this project would be good for a child or someone new to sewing.

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Then I arranged the blocks in diamond shapes. In each row, the top and bottom triangle is cut from the same square.

I made a colored diagram so you can see a little easier the general arrangement I used.

I sewed together each square, then each vertical row, then sewed together the three vertical rows. In a short amount of time I had my 3′ x 5′ quilt top to practice free motion quilting on. I’ll probably add some borders to make it just a little larger.



Now back to Craftsy. If you haven’t heard of it or haven’t given it a try, head on over right now! It’s a fabulous resource for learning new skills. You can choose from a variety of classes and workshops on sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, food and baking, jewelry, papercraft and more. The classes are presented as online video series. You can watch, start and stop at any time and at your own pace. You can contact the class instructor with any questions you might have.

Craftsy sign up is free and you can even take some of the mini classes for free. Free classes I’ve signed up for include Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z (finally learn what all those feet that came with your machine do!), Perfect Pizza at Home, and the QuiltCon Lecture Series 2013. There are often sales up to 75% off on classes. I purchased Leah Day’s Free Motion Fillers, Volume 1 for $14.99 when it was on sale, regularly $39.99. Even at full price it would have been worth it, and for just $14.99 it’s a steal! It’s been a great class for me to learn the basic supplies, techniques and 50 patterns of free motion quilting. If you’re wanting to learn and have never tried I’d definitely recommend the class.

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  6 comments for “Improv Quilt with Patchwork Half Square Triangles

  1. April 23, 2013 at 6:22 am

    A great way to repurpose your old cushion cover! Thanks.

  2. April 23, 2013 at 6:23 am


  3. April 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I LOVE the way that top turned out! I love the squares and angles! You should make that into a pattern!

  4. April 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks so much for the information on craftsy. I registered with them last night through your link and watched one of the free classes on bag making and it was great! I posted a link to this post on my blog recommending that people try it out through your link so hopefully you get a couple more clicks.

    • April 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Vicky, thanks so much for posting our affiliate link on your blog!! I’m so glad you enjoyed one of the free classes on Craftsy.

  5. Rowena Kerr
    May 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Interesting fun layout of half square triangles.

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