Monday, February 16, 2015

Tutorial: Fast and Easy Half Rectangle Triangles

This is my new favorite way to make half rectangle triangles (HRTs). Using the Recs Tool by Darlene Zimmerman and Joy Hoffman makes it so fast and easy. The tool is etched with markings to make several sized blocks. For this tutorial, I'm making the 6 1/2" sized block.

1) Cut a 6 1/2" strip

2) Cut out pieces using the Recs Tool

3) Rotate Recs tool and cut another piece

4) Continue cutting down the strip until you have as many pieces as you need.

5) Choose two pieces with contrasting colors or value

6) Sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Use the snipped angle for alignment.

7) Press seams open

8) Trim and your block is done. So easy! : )

Sunday Sail quilt in progress

Make a bunch more you will have a fun HRT project before you know it!


  1. Thanks, I never would have thought of this!

  2. What a great tool! I've wanted to make HRT's and this template looks like a time saver!

  3. Thank you for this! I love HSR but they always looked so tricky. They look great with your method!

  4. Great tutorial. This makes it look so easy!

  5. Great idea. I think I might have that ruler--I better check...

  6. I have that ruler. Thanks so much for giving us another way to use it!!



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