Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
1/2 square triangles - what should I do? >

1/2 square triangles - what should I do?

1/2 square triangles - what should I do?

Old 11-08-2019, 08:37 AM
  #1  
pal
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Long Island, N.Y.
Posts: 1,832
Default 1/2 square triangles - what should I do?

Our Quilting Club is making a mystery quilt using 144 1/2 sq.triangles, making a 4 1/2" square. Mine stink - close but not quite......

Should I try to use them? Or should I cut them all down to 4" and make a smaller quilt?

What's the worse thing that can happen if I use them and juggle this way and that? Precision is really not a part of my life, so if it comes out "not too bad" or just "looking good" that would be fine.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
pal is offline  
Old 11-08-2019, 08:44 AM
  #2  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Near Seattle, WA
Posts: 4,147
Default

Well, with a mystery quilt we don't know if everything will trim down and work or not. If all parts are now made/cut and work with the square math (as opposed to rectangle math) it would be just fine to trim down and make them consistent. Sometimes it will, sometimes you think it will and then you cut the offending block in half and that takes out any flexibility you may have had.

I'd go with it as good enough if you can. I'm not impressed with my workmanship on my current project but nobody but me knows what the back looks like!

As I deal with my vision issues I prefer to make large and cut down for precision. Also, I work quite fast and slicing and dicing is easier for me than trying to get my eyes to work on slow and careful.

If I had to exchange blocks with other people, I would do them again. For me, it's rare I redo. One of my recent projects was quarter-square blocks made from pre-cut 6" squares. Yeah, most of them worked just fine but when I ran out of 6" squares and used 6.5" squares and trimmed them down I was much happier.
Iceblossom is offline  
Old 11-08-2019, 08:55 AM
  #3  
pal
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Long Island, N.Y.
Posts: 1,832
Default

Thank you, Iceblossom. I used my favorite fabrics so I don't want to lose them. Wish I'd cut them larger than needed and cut them down but was too anxious to start the project and didn't really think it through. Another learning experience.....(wish I didn't always have to learn the Hard Way!)
pal is offline  
Old 11-08-2019, 09:12 AM
  #4  
mim
Super Member
 
mim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: maine/washington
Posts: 1,559
Default

Somehow -- no matter how carefully I do, some end up not quite right. I've learned the hard way to make large and cut to size. I have square rulers that make it easier. Good to know that I'm not alone
mim is offline  
Old 11-08-2019, 09:28 AM
  #5  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Boothbay Maine
Posts: 8,686
Default

Karen Brown from Just Get It Done just published a YouTube video on HSTs. Maybe that will help you in your struggle with precision.
jmoore is offline  
Old 11-08-2019, 09:59 AM
  #6  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 38,365
Default

Are they all too small? If I had done a few and they were not coming out the correct size, I would take them apart, move my needle over one click and check the size agin. If that did the trick, I would take apart the others and do the same. If it is a mystery quilt, chances are cutting them down may effect the overall design. Can you ask the person in charge of the mystery if cutting them down will effect the pattern?
Tartan is offline  
Old 11-08-2019, 10:12 AM
  #7  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 10,568
Default

In my experience with HST close but not quite can still work. If they are only 1/8" off or so I would say go ahead and use them paying close attention to scant 1/4" seam allowance. You may end up with a few chopped points or floating points but if you are ok with that go for it. I fear cutting them down they won't line up with other units in the mystery.
feline fanatic is offline  
Old 11-08-2019, 11:01 AM
  #8  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: MN
Posts: 23,081
Default

If the HSTs are only a little skimpy, make a template for the "finished size" - draw around it on the skimpy unit. Line up the seam lines with the other unit, stitch on seam lines. If my fabric is "sturdy" - I can live with scant seams .

If the fabric is flimsy, sleazy, or ravelly, or ununwashed, using skimpy seam allowances is just asking for problems.

Last edited by bearisgray; 11-08-2019 at 11:03 AM.
bearisgray is offline  
Old 11-08-2019, 07:43 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Washington
Posts: 843
Default

Originally Posted by pal View Post
Our Quilting Club is making a mystery quilt using 144 1/2 sq.triangles, making a 4 1/2" square. Mine stink - close but not quite......
I would ask the mystery quilt organizer if the smaller HST would work. If not and if you can't squeeze a bit more size out of them, save them for another project and make new ones! I've no doubt you could come up with something fun with them.

But I hope they work out for you.
TeresaA is offline  
Old 11-08-2019, 08:19 PM
  #10  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 4,782
Default

Originally Posted by TeresaA View Post
I would ask the mystery quilt organizer if the smaller HST would work. If not and if you can't squeeze a bit more size out of them, save them for another project and make new ones! I've no doubt you could come up with something fun with them.
This is what I would suggest, too.
JustAbitCrazy is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Glenda m
Pictures
43
04-18-2015 07:37 AM
Glenda m
Pictures
10
04-14-2015 01:06 PM
Glenda m
Pictures
45
10-10-2014 11:52 AM
sondray
Links and Resources
0
04-16-2009 05:01 AM
NewsletterBot
Main
3
09-16-2007 12:04 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.