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Thread: how to cut out squares and triangles so I have a bit of fabric left to trim

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    Hi, I have a problem with sewing together my half square triangles. Such a pattern such as "Dandy Quilt Block"
    http://quilterschach.comT/TheDandyQu...ck_Page2.html.
    My squares are not square and my triangles are even worse. Does anyone have a soloution to my delema. Thanx in advance.

    QuiltyBud, Bernice, Alberta

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    I saw something the other day, a new way to do HST. Take 2 squares of fabric, place right sides together and sew 1/4 in.seam around all four sides of squares. Then cut on diagional twice. basically cut an X in the square. Open up the pieces and you have 4 perfect HST. I tried it and it works great, now I just need to figure out what size squares you need for different size HST. Can anyone out there help? I am so not a math person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver
    I saw something the other day, a new way to do HST. Take 2 squares of fabric, place right sides together and sew 1/4 in.seam around all four sides of squares. Then cut on diagional twice. basically cut an X in the square. Open up the pieces and you have 4 perfect HST. I tried it and it works great, now I just need to figure out what size squares you need for different size HST. Can anyone out there help? I am so not a math person.
    Your biggest problem here is that you now have BIAS edges on all your squares! Are you sure you want to do that?

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    I use this method and love it!

    You can adjust the size of your strips - use 2 solids - use 3 different colors - so many options and my triangles and points come out perfect.

    http://www.youtube.com/missouriquilt...12/vOWSp0mTTqE

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver
    I saw something the other day, a new way to do HST. Take 2 squares of fabric, place right sides together and sew 1/4 in.seam around all four sides of squares. Then cut on diagional twice. basically cut an X in the square. Open up the pieces and you have 4 perfect HST. I tried it and it works great, now I just need to figure out what size squares you need for different size HST. Can anyone out there help? I am so not a math person.
    See if this link helps http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-57124-1.htm#1377835

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    am working with HSTS now. have no problem as long as i starch fairly heavily. can't do them if i don't use starch.

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    Sewing HST's from squares along the diagonal I mark the diagonal and stitching lines with "Quick Quarter" (from quiltersrule.com if LQS doesn't have it). Instructions say to add 7/8" to the finished size of your squares for this method. If you are having trouble, try adding 1" so you have some to trim.
    Being way off may be a pressing problem, too. Be careful not to stretch as you press!

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    The first thing I would do is to starch my fabric stiff. Instead of cutting 4 7/8" for the square, I would cut 5", then square it up. Definitely, press not iron.

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    Yes you have to square it up..look in the tutorials here on the board..lots of good info in there..Rhonda has a good one for HST's in there...
    Happy Stitchin' Linda B.

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    First, starch your fabric. It really really does help. For years and years and years I didn't, now I'm sooooo glad I am and it has made my life sooo much easier.

    As far as, HST's here a free site that makes making them easy peasy.

    http://www.blockcentral.com/a-halfsq...glepaper.shtml

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