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Has anyone tried the new technique for cutting half-square triangles?

Has anyone tried the new technique for cutting half-square triangles?

Old 08-18-2010, 10:39 AM
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I like to make a 7-1/2" sq - 2 pcs - and sew them right sides together and then 1/4" seam all the way around the whole square. Then cut them in half both ways and you have 4 3-1/2" triangles. Use two colors of course. Have to use the math to figure our different sizes.
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:25 PM
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cut 2 squares 1" larger than the 1/2square triangle blocks you want; put them right sides together. sew 1/4" seam all the way around the square. take to cutting board, cut from corner to corner...then cut from corner to corner...press open and trim to the size you want. easy, no drawing lines,
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:34 PM
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Same here. I prefer thangles or triangles on a roll.
Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
What others said, different strokes for different folks, but my eyes glazed over within the first minute on her explanation...
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by auntmag
Same here. I prefer thangles or triangles on a roll.
Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
What others said, different strokes for different folks, but my eyes glazed over within the first minute on her explanation...
I don't like to spend my money on thangles to make something I can make easily without them. I'd rather spend that money on fabrics.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ckcowl
cut 2 squares 1" larger than the 1/2square triangle blocks you want; put them right sides together. sew 1/4" seam all the way around the square. take to cutting board, cut from corner to corner...then cut from corner to corner...press open and trim to the size you want. easy, no drawing lines,
Can't get any easier than that! Thanks for the simple directions.
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:52 PM
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I find the time saved and the consistenccy of size is worth the money spent. However, I only use thangles when I have a whole lot of HST's to make. For only a few, I use the other method of sewing two squares together and then cutting them out.
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Originally Posted by auntmag
Same here. I prefer thangles or triangles on a roll.
Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
What others said, different strokes for different folks, but my eyes glazed over within the first minute on her explanation...
I don't like to spend my money on thangles to make something I can make easily without them. I'd rather spend that money on fabrics.
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:53 PM
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This is the method I use if I only have a few to make for a small project.
Originally Posted by Rachelcb80
Everyone keeps mentioning making HST's without marking on the fabric. What method (other than cutting each triangle individually) allows you to make HST's without marking a seam line?

I have the Tucker Trimmer template (by Deb Tucker) and I really like it. I have to cut all my squares, and mark my diagnol line to sew 1/4" on each side of, but I don't have to be super accurate with my cutting because you trim the square down afterwards matching up the seam line on your template. I really like that in that last step you get rid of the dogears at the same time you're cutting down to size. But with these templates that you showed a link to, there's no cutting all the squares out first. I like that. I probably can't justify having TWO different templates for the same thing, but if I didn't have the one I have already, I'd probably get these.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:34 PM
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I follow the pattern and they turn out great. Not a big deal, if you can sew a straight line, or follow a line.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:50 PM
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It's interesting. I use Triangles on a Roll and find them a bit easier than Thangles.
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:26 PM
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I use the gridded method. I have PDFs of several sizes and if needed for odd size I draft it. I stitch and cut right through the paper. The only cost is printer ink and paper or time if I have to draft.
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