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Old 08-20-2010, 11:58 AM
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I am making a whole bunch of half square triangles and need to know if I should cut off the little tails or leave them on. Don't want to ruin them so wise to ask before cutting thanks
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:59 AM
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Are the little tails about a 1/4" long? If that's what you mean, they often called dog ears and yes you should cut them off.
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:04 PM
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thanks so much for the fast reply and yes you are right they are the dog ears not tails brain is not working well today.
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:04 PM
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Yes, you want to cut them off so you get nice flat seams.
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:15 PM
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The only time I leave them on is when strip piecing OBW's, the little ears come in handy lining up the pieces :D:D:D
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I always cut my squares a bit larger than called for. Then sew together, cut and press then I square them up by cutting all four sides which also removes the dog ears. I like my squares to be perfectly square and this is the only way that ever happens.
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:12 PM
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I have made lots of HSTs and I always trim the dog ears off, am making a quilt now that has about 400 of them, I save the little triangles I trim off and am planning to make a quilt with them.
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:23 PM
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Great idea. I'm going to try that.
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