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Old 05-05-2010, 10:02 AM
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I'm just starting a quilt that's mostly half square triangles and the dog ears are driving me nuts. Does anyone have a good way of handling them....cut them off before or after sewing the pieces together? I just can't get them to come out even on both ends. One end is always bigger than the other. So I'm thinking I'd like to eliminate them before I start sewing each one. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:13 AM
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If you are using templates to cut your pieces out, Marti Michell (SP?) templates are shaped so there are no dog ears. Also, Fons & Porter has a template that you can use to cut the dog ears off before you sew. I usually sew, press, and then as I'm watching TV, I snip, snip, snip.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:15 AM
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I also sew, press, then have an ear clipping session.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:29 AM
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Sometimes I chop them off, sometime I don't.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:30 AM
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I don't have any templates. That would be just more stuff to find space for. The pattern is a pinwheel in a diamond in a square and I think the ears should be cut off before I sew across them. It's really pretty and I'm alternating it with another block. If you look at this website where I found it you can see how many triangles it has.

http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof...eel_square.htm
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:56 AM
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i also do both ways,sew and clip and sometimes clip before i sew,
very pretty block
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:06 AM
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Topper1 where did you find that cute lamb. Rolling on floor laughing. It is cute
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:09 AM
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Anyway, we used to snip our own dogears and now there are templates with the corners already off..more to spend, and so many to buy. I personally would rather cut the ears myself and spend the money on fabric
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:15 AM
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When I make 1/2 square triangles, I square them up when I'm done and that cuts off the dog-ears.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:35 AM
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I usually snip after I've sewn the block together and before ironing the block.
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