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Old 05-17-2017, 10:25 AM
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Does anyone use a Half Square Triangle Ruler instead of cutting and sewing squares together? Do you save on fabric using the rulers? Just wondering....

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Old 05-17-2017, 10:38 AM
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I use a square ruler, from when I helped my dad. It is one of his tools. It is a 12" Looks like a Letter L, there different sizes. My favorite tool.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:40 AM
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I don't think you'd save on fabric. Better to cut squares and sew on the diagonal.
That way you are not sewing on bias edges which tend to stretch.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:44 AM
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What is a half square triangle ruler?
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:08 PM
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I avoid sewing bias edges whenever possible so I usually do 2 larger squares, sew down the middle and cut apart. If you were repeating the triangles a million times like in Bonnie Hunter's quilts, it would be handy to strip piece half square triangles with her ruler.
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:52 PM
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I use the paper method for HSTs, or for larger sizes, the Easy Angle ruler. I can't tell you if it saves fabric. I do it because it is easier and quicker for me. And with the paper method, they are always perfect and no trimming.

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Old 05-17-2017, 01:06 PM
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I tried the Quilt in a Day ruler where you can trim up before you open your HST but it kept slipping and caused me pain so I'm going to invest in a Bloc Loc ruler, they're expensive so I'm going to order the biggest one, it's 12". I've tried my regular ruler but it was very hard to get to stay as well.
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:10 PM
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I have the Block Loc and it's a pain for me to use. I messed up many HSTs trying to get it right. It looks so easy on the video but not so much at home for me. I know it's something I'm doing or not doing but I'm the only one in my sew group that has one so they aren't any help.
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:26 PM
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That's a good thing to know! Maybe I should buy a smaller cheaper one to use first or see if someone local has one I can borrow to see if it works for me. It's a very expensive ruler....
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:29 PM
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I put small pieces of sandpaper on the back so my rulers don't slip. They are called easy grip I think.
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