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Thread: setting triangles for quilt with blocks on point

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    setting triangles for quilt with blocks on point

    I am doing a quilt with blocks on point. When sewing on the setting triangles, do you find the center and sew with extra on each end of do you line up ends? Hope this makes sense. Thanks

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    I cut the triangles larger than necessary, match centers, sew, and then trim off the excess. It's just a lot easier for me than trying to line up those end points!

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    i pinch the center of each edge and line them up.
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    I'm with Prism on this. In fact I have made the triangles even larger--say an inch or so. Instead of trimming at the edge I leave the excess on and then trim evenly above the intersecting corner to allow the setting triangles to "float". Here's Marti Mitchell's explanation.

    http://frommarti.com/float.shtml


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    I pinch the center on the corner triangles only and match them up that way. the inserted side triangles will go in well since the bottom of the block fits the straight edge of the triangle.

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    Try this for your setting triangles.
    The same article in different formats for your ease of opening.
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    I often make my triangles bigger than specified. Although I keep the 1/4 seams scant, the triangles seem to have an annoying way of getting a bit smaller and do not square up well at all.

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    One huge piece of advice. For you side triangles please make sure the bottom part of the triangle is not the bias edge! In other words don't cut a square in half for your setting side triangles. It will cause huge problems down the road if not handled carefully. Most instructions I have seen for them is to cut big squares then cut them in quarters on the diagonal. The side you attach to your block will be on the bias but the bottom edge which ends up being your quilt edge is on the straight of grain. I also agree with making them oversize.

    I am currently quilting a client quilt and it is a mess due to her cutting her setting triangle so the bias ended up being the edge. She stretched the quilt out of shape when attaching the borders and didn't measure down the center of the quilt. I ended up having to remove the borders, remeasure, recut, reattach and starching the dickens out of it while reattaching. Now my borders have no wave but there is a lot of fullness in the center of the quilt. I suspect more was wrong with the construction than just the bias edge but at least the center can be eased in and quilted out for the most part.

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    Thank-you Jan in Va for your wonderfully clear easy to follow instructions. I appreciate you sharing with us.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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    Jan thanks for the wonderful explanation!
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