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

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    My daughter bought a new template for making perfect half square triangles at a quilt show last week.
    HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE TEMPLATES: Introducing a new template technique for cutting faster, more accurate half square triangles.
    I watched the tutorial at

    http://templatetechniques.com

    I was very impressed as I always have a problem keeping them from stretching. I would like opinions from other quilters as to what they think of this method.

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    I am sure it is great for some people. I don't think it is for me. I don't like drawing on the fabric with ink and there are just too many steps for me. If I have to make a lot of hst, I use the Wondercut ruler with strips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumzbear
    My daughter bought a new template for making perfect half square triangles at a quilt show last week.
    HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE TEMPLATES: Introducing a new template technique for cutting faster, more accurate half square triangles.
    I watched the tutorial at

    http://templatetechniques.com

    I was very impressed as I always have a problem keeping them from stretching. I would like opinions from other quilters as to what they think of this method.

    Thanks for the link.
    Looks like it would be very accurated. I will take more time to study this, as I think I might like to get these templates.

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    Laying in bed when my ankles hurt, I have too much time to think. This procedure could be done with any small square ruler. It has to have a right angle to be a hst, and any square will work. A person could make a regular hst and then using it as a pattern just place a piece of blue painters tape where the edge of the fabric should be, and continue following her directions. Living on a fixed income with no money to spare, I think this would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Laying in bed when my ankles hurt, I have too much time to think. This procedure could be done with any small square ruler. It has to have a right angle to be a hst, and any square will work. A person could make a regular hst and then using it as a pattern just place a piece of blue painters tape where the edge of the fabric should be, and continue following her directions. Living on a fixed income with no money to spare, I think this would work.
    and if you have a 12.5 inch ruler you could make anything from a 1/2 inch HST all the way up to a 12 inch HST with ONE ruler and a piece of tape (maybe two layers of tape would form a more defined ridge for grabbing the seam).

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    a tool like this would never interest me.

    1. a different template for each size HST? no thank you
    2. drawing lines? no thank you
    3. all those extra steps? no thank you
    4. ridiculously expensive? no thank you

    different tools work best for different quilters.

    for me, the EZ Quilting line of triangle rulers - most designed by Sharon Hultgren - are much less expensive, easier to use, fewer steps, and provide consistently accurate patches. each ruler can be used to make a variety of sizes in just a few simple steps.

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    Check out Rhonda's hst.

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    If you are having trouble with half-square triangles, and the templets work for you, by all means use them. Everyone has trouble with something and finds their own way of working around it by some assistance from a little tool. Good Luck, Pam

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    What others said, different strokes for different folks, but my eyes glazed over within the first minute on her explanation...

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    I like the video. I would get her product.

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    There are various methods for making HST's that you can try without a template. One of the best things to do though, in my opinion, is starch, starch. With this template, I would be afraid of slicing my fingers. LOL

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    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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    I've just always used the grid method only I do my grid 1" bigger than finished size instead of 7/8" and trim down while squaring them up. I also use the leaders and enders method for making them with the triangle bits I lop off from making flying geese blocks (which I make using a rectangle and a square) and trim those to various sizes.

    This has always worked well for me and I don't mind marking the fabric because my grid marks for the squares are usually cut off in the trimming process and the lines drawn for my sewing 1/4" away are invisible in my seam allowance.

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    I've been using Thangles. They took a little getting used to but now I love them and you don't have to add that dreaded extra 7/8's of an inch.

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    Interesting technique :D:D:D

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    Someone posted a method on the board putting 2 squares face to face and sewing 1/4" all the way around, cut on diagonal twice for 4 perfect hst's. I had so much fun playing with this idea, I ended up with a pinwheel quilt over the weekend.
    I don't know how to find it again but it was two weeks ago. None of these rulers work for long, I lose them or forget them.

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    I saw this, too, and was intrigued. The great thing is that you can start out with any size square.

    I like the Quilt In A Day triangle square up ruler. I just bought the June Tailor HST/QST shape cut. I've also used Thangles.

    For making HSTs from squares without drawing lines, try the Angler 2. http://www.cottonclub.com/cgi-bin/St...es=0&lastmenu=

    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    Someone posted a method on the board putting 2 squares face to face and sewing 1/4" all the way around, cut on diagonal twice for 4 perfect hst's. I had so much fun playing with this idea, I ended up with a pinwheel quilt over the weekend.
    I don't know how to find it again but it was two weeks ago. None of these rulers work for long, I lose them or forget them.

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    I use the Angler 2. I've tried several specialty rulers, and find them more bothersome than they're worth. That, however, is my personal opinion and not everyone likes the same techniques. If you think the ruler would work well for you, I think you should try it.

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    I'll stick to my own methods. It is fast and easy and you don't have to buy anything! You do need a template but I send them out free to anyone who asks.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-37915-1.htm - Easy Half Square Triangles

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    Rhonda, when I have more time I am going to read your information. It looks like a great idea.

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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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    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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    Same here. I prefer thangles or triangles on a roll.
    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by auntmag
    Same here. I prefer thangles or triangles on a roll.
    Quote 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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    Quote 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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