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Thread: Half Square Triangle help!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zennia
    i do like the others and draw the lines but i also cut my fabric bigger then it says. If pattern calls for 2 7/8 i cut it either 3 or 3 1/2 sew it and then square it up to 2.5. I always cut it bigger then called for.
    I do this, also.

    I like to think I am an accurate sewer, but this still works better for me.
    I do waste a little fabric, but my squares made with the triangles are nice and consistenet after trimming.

    The trimming is a good TV project!

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    these triangles are done best with that aqua tool we all use.
    Fons and porter have one too.
    just put your two squares together and run that line down both side, sew on the lines and wala, done, with no fretting with bias edges.
    Do get the right finished block size you want you have to ad 7/8" to the block size.
    Right girls?

    simple quilter

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    Well, Kirsten, you certainly can sew the seam on the long edge of the triangle after cutting the square in half diagonally. However, then you are sewing a bias seam which easily stretches. I have had the most luck with a few other techniques: Cutting the square a bit larger, doing the diagonal line with stitching 1/4 inch on either side as you describe, cutting between the stitching, opening to the square, pressing carefully (usually to the darker side), and trimming the resulting squares to size. I also really like using paper like "Thangles" or whatever brand has the squares with the stitching lines printed - usually comes in sheets that can be cut to as many squares as you need. With either of these methods, one pins the darker and lighter pairs of fabrics to the paper on which you stitch.I run my stitching just inside the printed line to be sure the square is at least big enough and not skimpy - the 1/4 inch is not as important as the size of the square when finished! Then cut between the stitching which gives about 1/4 inch seam allowances. Again, although the paper pattern is very accurate, I check the resulting squares and trim them if necessary.
    kendzis :D

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    I found this prior post really helpfull. Scroll down to Rose Marie's instructions:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/10247.page

    Here's a link to A Quilt in a Day instructions:

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/RulerInst...ulerInsWEB.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon M
    I do like Zennia does, I always cut a little bigger then square it up. Also if you do take your tape off of your machine and clean it up, next time use blue masking tape it doesn't make the mess some tapes does. I haven't had my full cup of coffee yet this morning :wink: but why do you need to take your seam guide off? You aren't using it for this project, just ignore it, or did you build the tape thickness up to high?
    I believe the blue tape is called PAINTER'S tape. It doesn't leave sticky residue on fabric.

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    there's half square triangle interfacing on the market you might want to check it out. i've never used the product but if i had a quilt with tons of triangles i would certainly look into using it.

    here's a link

    http://tadatriangles.com/default.aspx

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    Again,
    Thanks for the help!
    I did it the way the directions called for.
    I made squares, marked the diagonal and then sewed 1/4 on each side then cut.
    The top is done and put together, waiting on borders.
    Thanks again!!!
    K

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinMamaw
    Wow, thanks Annie - what a brilliant site! I love that grid piecing method - will definitely try that the next time I want lots of HSTs!

    K x

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinMamaw

    Very well written.

    I found her tip to add ONE WHOLE INCH to the finished size to be especially helpful - that's near the end of the tutorial.

    It would be so much simpler to draw grids that way.

    I always had skimpy finished squares when I added only the 7/8 inch to the finished size when I used the "draw a diagonal line on a square" method.

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    I needed this help , too . Just was glad to pass it along ! You are very welcome . Annie

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    K--I know you have yours done, but here's another option I would like to give. There is a product called Triangles on a Roll and comes in 11 sizes. I think it is like Tada but it tears off like thangles. It is pretty thin so is pretty easy to tear off. They also have grids for other triangles. Here is a link:

    http://www.trianglesonaroll.com/halfsquare.aspx


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    It certainly appears to be more than one road to Rome.

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    try using the blue painting tape as it it easier to rip off when finished and doesn't seem to be as sticky

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    I am not a very accurate piecer, which is why I mostly do applique. But the method where you cut your squares a tad bigger and then sew your 1/4" seams is the way I do it. I also discovered the hour glass block last summer when working on the round robin. That was fun to do and I managed to do it fairly well if I say so myself! So I guess an old dog CAN learn new tricks! :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    Sewing the square is an easier way to do it, because you don't have a biased edge that can stretch. If you don't have a 1/4 inch foot for your machine, simply draw your line from corner to corner, then draw another line on each side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first. Sew down those lines, and voila! :-)
    This is exactly what I was going to say. I have a 1/4" foot, and if you can get it for your machine, it's a very good investment.

    If you move your needle to the right, can you get the distance between the needle and the right side of the presser foot (or one of the lines on the machine) to be 1/4"?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kara
    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    Sewing the square is an easier way to do it, because you don't have a biased edge that can stretch. If you don't have a 1/4 inch foot for your machine, simply draw your line from corner to corner, then draw another line on each side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first. Sew down those lines, and voila! :-)
    This is exactly what I was going to say. I have a 1/4" foot, and if you can get it for your machine, it's a very good investment.

    If you move your needle to the right, can you get the distance between the needle and the right side of the presser foot (or one of the lines on the machine) to be 1/4"?
    That's what I do, and usually I even move it one MORE tic to the right to get a SCANT 1/4 inch to account for the fold. Sometimes I do the seam on 3 pieces of 1 1/2 inch fabrics I'm using to check how the fabric works after it's sewn and ironed. Sometimes I need the scant 1/4" and sometimes I don't. Fabric thickness varies.

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