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Thread: quick way to create half square triangles

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    I am sure that most of you have seen this method of creating half square triangles, but perhaps those new to quilting have not. the pictures below, I hope, show how it is done very clearly. I made enough half square triangles for a full size quilt in one long afternoon - that includes cutting, sewing, ironing and squaring up the blocks.

    two squares, right sides together, sewn on all four sides
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    cut on the diagonal
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    4 half square triangles.
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    That's a good one. Pictures speak a thousands word...or how ever that saying goes ;-)

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    Just be careful they don't stretch since all your outside edges are on the bias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Just be careful they don't stretch since all your outside edges are on the bias.
    you are so right, thanks for adding that.

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    Starching profusely will help that.

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    I Love pictures..short sweet and definately to the point.

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    OK...why have I never seen this before?? That is TOO COOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    Starching profusely will help that.
    I agree, I would starch the fabric and then start making these like crazy :D:D:D

    Thank you for making this tute for us! :D:D:D

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    How do you determine the square sizes for the blocks that you want to make? For instance, if I needed 6 1/2 inch half square triangles, what size would the two squares need to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah
    How do you determine the square sizes for the blocks that you want to make? For instance, if I needed 6 1/2 inch half square triangles, what size would the two squares need to be?
    I cut 91/2 in squares and ended up with 6 1/2 in half square triangle blocks.

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