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Thread: Has anyone tried the new technique for cutting half-square triangles?

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    My daughter bought a new template for making perfect half square triangles at a quilt show last week.
    HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE TEMPLATES: Introducing a new template technique for cutting faster, more accurate half square triangles.
    I watched the tutorial at

    http://templatetechniques.com

    I was very impressed as I always have a problem keeping them from stretching. I would like opinions from other quilters as to what they think of this method.

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    I am sure it is great for some people. I don't think it is for me. I don't like drawing on the fabric with ink and there are just too many steps for me. If I have to make a lot of hst, I use the Wondercut ruler with strips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumzbear
    My daughter bought a new template for making perfect half square triangles at a quilt show last week.
    HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE TEMPLATES: Introducing a new template technique for cutting faster, more accurate half square triangles.
    I watched the tutorial at

    http://templatetechniques.com

    I was very impressed as I always have a problem keeping them from stretching. I would like opinions from other quilters as to what they think of this method.

    Thanks for the link.
    Looks like it would be very accurated. I will take more time to study this, as I think I might like to get these templates.

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    Laying in bed when my ankles hurt, I have too much time to think. This procedure could be done with any small square ruler. It has to have a right angle to be a hst, and any square will work. A person could make a regular hst and then using it as a pattern just place a piece of blue painters tape where the edge of the fabric should be, and continue following her directions. Living on a fixed income with no money to spare, I think this would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Laying in bed when my ankles hurt, I have too much time to think. This procedure could be done with any small square ruler. It has to have a right angle to be a hst, and any square will work. A person could make a regular hst and then using it as a pattern just place a piece of blue painters tape where the edge of the fabric should be, and continue following her directions. Living on a fixed income with no money to spare, I think this would work.
    and if you have a 12.5 inch ruler you could make anything from a 1/2 inch HST all the way up to a 12 inch HST with ONE ruler and a piece of tape (maybe two layers of tape would form a more defined ridge for grabbing the seam).

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    a tool like this would never interest me.

    1. a different template for each size HST? no thank you
    2. drawing lines? no thank you
    3. all those extra steps? no thank you
    4. ridiculously expensive? no thank you

    different tools work best for different quilters.

    for me, the EZ Quilting line of triangle rulers - most designed by Sharon Hultgren - are much less expensive, easier to use, fewer steps, and provide consistently accurate patches. each ruler can be used to make a variety of sizes in just a few simple steps.

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    Check out Rhonda's hst.

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    If you are having trouble with half-square triangles, and the templets work for you, by all means use them. Everyone has trouble with something and finds their own way of working around it by some assistance from a little tool. Good Luck, Pam

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    What others said, different strokes for different folks, but my eyes glazed over within the first minute on her explanation...

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    I like the video. I would get her product.

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