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# Thread: Really Easy Half Square Triangle Blocks

1. I've found that I only have to trim the ears off - the blocks are coming up true. As I always add an inch and trim back when I do them the two squares sewn on the diagonal way, for me this way is loads quicker.

2. Originally Posted by bj
Thanks for this tute. I do the old overcut then trim method. It's a pain in the neck. This looks much more efficient!
I like to just cut strips without measuring just do it by eye and I then just put them together and sew a straight seam. No math no measuring with a ruler. Sometimes I cut a straight edge if my cut wasn't too straight. I am all about not doing any more math than I have to!! LOL

3. Wonderful instructions! I'll definitely give this a try. Thanks so much for taking the time to post all of the pictures!

4. Originally Posted by k3n
I've found that I only have to trim the ears off - the blocks are coming up true. As I always add an inch and trim back when I do them the two squares sewn on the diagonal way, for me this way is loads quicker.
It is a trade off. I think the double seams is quicker to cut but you have to cut dog ears. The single seam open and cut is a cleaner cut with no dog ears but then you have to sew the second side and continue to cut. We do almost all in scrappy so we use primarily stacks of swatches. You do have a little waste with this depending on how well you but up your template to the previous cut. But if you are cutting one inch wider on the 2 squares then you aren't getting any more waste probably than what you had.

I am glad this works for you. I think it is quick and easy and no math. At least not much. I dont' measure my strips so less math if you do it by eye.

5. I know there's a formula to work out the diagonal of a square but I just measured the diagonal line on my template! I'm with you - if you can avoid maths, it's a gooood thing! LOL

6. Thanks Rhonda. I Bookmarked it & it will be handy very soon. You do such great work.

7. Thank you everyone! I just hope it helps people to make HSTs without all the headaches.

8. Thanks for sharing! I use triangles on a roll. But this is cheaper and probably just as quick since I have to cut all the dog ears.

9. Originally Posted by oma2526
Thanks for sharing! I use triangles on a roll. But this is cheaper and probably just as quick since I have to cut all the dog ears.
When I started quilting I couldn't afford to buy anything so I have never been one to buy anything if I can do it myself. This is so easy and is really accurate as long as you make sure the corners stay on the seams as you cut.

10. Letter on its way. Thanks for the free tutorial. My mother made a lot of quilts and it always looked like a lot of work. I'm anxious to try my hand using your templates and your tutorial.

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