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Half Square Triangle/Tips for more perfect

Old 11-10-2012, 04:16 AM
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OH thank you everyone for helping me!! If I could tackle this again, I probably wouldn't. Now I know to not use pre-cuts for this sort of thing and to starch more and square up using a 45" angle line. In future I will make my own squares cut a bit larger than i need. SO helpful! THANK YOU!
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:48 AM
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My best ruler addition is the Quilt In A Day triangle square up ruler. ONE cut to square up. It is great. It is fast and easy and everyone I have shown it to goes out and buys one.
I think Eleanor Burns has a demo on her web site.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:58 AM
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I don't buy pre-cuts so I have never had a problem with HST's. I use the method described by pocoellie. It works well for me.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:18 AM
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I have tried making them larger and cutting them down, but somehow I manage to screw that up too I'm going to try the starch method next time. Thanks for all the tips ladies! I'm also going to check out the Eleanor Burns ruler!
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by mea12 View Post
I just abandoned a quilt project that was all half-square triangles made from pre-cut 5" squares. I used the drawn line method and all was well until assembly took place and some points were off. Now if these were all the same size, is that supposed to happen? Is accuracy hard to achieve w/ these and if so, what do you do to maximize accuracy with those points? I read a little bit online and it seems many make them larger to start with and then later trim to size. Is that step i missed that would've yielded better results?

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I always make them bigger and trim down to size. I also invested in the Bloc Loc rulers. Love these rulers!
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:09 AM
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Originally Posted by sandy l View Post
Untill I started using the "make larger block, trim to size needed", HST were nothing but frustration for me. It's the only way now for me.
Me too! I just add 1/4" to the size of the original squares. Also, one other trick a guild member told me is to just stitch a hair north of the stitch line (this really helps me with my HST's).
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:29 AM
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I've found the most important rule for me was to make sure the 45 deg line on your square up is totally on, then cut to size. If either of the ends is off a hair, it'll make the hst off in piecing.
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Tiger Tape. Works absolutely wonderfully.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:41 AM
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I have this ruler and LOVE it!

Originally Posted by Rose Marie View Post
My best ruler addition is the Quilt In A Day triangle square up ruler. ONE cut to square up. It is great. It is fast and easy and everyone I have shown it to goes out and buys one.
I think Eleanor Burns has a demo on her web site.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:57 AM
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I make the HST's bigger than needed, then cut them to size.
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