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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    If you draw an x and sew on both sides of the line then cut, you wont have bias edges.
    The best ruler investment I have made was for the triangle sq up ruler from Quilt In A Day. One cut to sq up.

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    Your practice piece is beautiful. I'm a sucker to "gadgets" and would probably have fallen for the same sales pitch. I'm with everyone else. Do whatever is comfortable to you. Your choice of fabrics is great. I love the "kick" that the blue/green adds to the mix.
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    Repeat out loud - There Are NO Quilt Police, 25 times.
    Everyone has their favorite way - and yes the way Jenny shows and also a method I use a lot with the strip tube ruler (Cozy Quilts) the outside edges of the hst are bias and are the non-traditional way. BUT I haven't had any issues and I love not having to trim my hst again. So Use The Method You Like as long as you aren't having issues and are getting good results. P.S. I do starch my fabric

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    Bias edges can be a little finicky but if you have starched and sew without pulling on the bias you will get along just fine.
    Lori - MamaBear

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    Your fabrics are lovely by the way :-)
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    You don't HAVE to buy the HST ruler to make HST's. I have seen Jenny make the HST's that way, and I do somewhat agree with what your shop owner says, and this is the main reason I don't make HST's this way, but instead cut my 2 squares 1" larger then the size of the HST I want, then trim it down, but if you want to make it Jenny's way, I would suggest that you starch good and that should prevent any trouble with the bias.

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    [QUOTE=BDawn;6021967]Yes, she does make it look easy and I thought it was. I will starch twice once on back then front, sew. Here is a picture of the sample then a picture of the material I am using I will not be using any of the sample pattern ( it was just a practice piece) Thank you all I am just so happy to be able to get such great knowledge and willingness to help.
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    I too love the fabrics you've chosen, and your practice block looks great (especially the 8 points coming together in the center!), except I don't see enough seam allowance at all the outer edges to keep the star points from being cut off when you combine the blocks. I would want to find a solution for that before proceeding.

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    Your sample looks great to me! Also like the table cloth .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDawn View Post
    I made a Big Star block using the tutorial off of missouriquiltco.com. I took it with me to pick out fabric and get suggestion at one of our local quilt shop. The owner of the shop tells me that the method used on Missouri Quilt Co. is completely wrong and that I need to purchase the nifty HST ruler because I will have trouble with bias the way that was shown in the tutorial. I bought the ruler and tried cutting HST with it. I watch youtube how to do this but I am not pleased in how it works. On the Missouri Quilt site the instructor states to cut 10 inch block and 1/4 seam around block then cut diagonal to form 4 HST.Has anyone tried sewing around block then do a diagonal cut? Or why will this not work? Thank you for advice.

    I thought my sample looked good and I am now confused how you would be able to make this quilt without having to work with the bias

    Good heavens! What is with the incessant need to sell specialty rulers? What is so hard about making HST? You can cut squares without any ruler, then HST's with only a straight line between opposing corners. May not be the exact size called for in a pattern, but if all the squares were equal to begin with, then the quilt COULD go together without nary a measuring stick of any sort.

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    LOL, simple answer, you can't make a triangle using 90 degree corners. At least one side WILL NOT be on the grain.
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