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    Junior Member Phoppe's Avatar
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    I am new to quilting and I absolutely CANNOT figure this out. I am trying to do the Sister's Choice block which consists of squares and half squares. My problem comes in when I sew the two half squares together. The half squares that are sewn together end up being smaller than the full squares and then I don't know how to attach the half squares to the full squares. This of course ends up not making my corner points match up. I've attached some photos to show you what I mean. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    this is what happens when I try to attach 2 rows together,,they don't match up
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    do I sew the 2 half squares to the full squares like this in the center?
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    the outcome....points way off.
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    Did you cut the squares that you made into a triangle the same size as the other squares? They need to start out bigger.

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    The squares with the triangles weren't cut big enough to start with.

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    when you cut the triangles you have to cut them a little larger....search for half square triangles or hst for more info on sizes and directions

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    Hmm the pattern didn't say to cut them bigger. It just said cut 2 1/2" squares.

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    Ok thanks everyone...I feel really stupid now haha

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    Yea your full squares are to big you can trim them down or if you do not have a lot of them cut start over

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    i made the same mistake -- several times before i fiqured it out

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    You will need to make the blocks for the HST's 7/8" larger than the square blocks.

    Sew scant 1/4" seams, cut apart, press to the dark and square up the HST blocks to match the square blocks.

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    I am not an expert, there are others on this board that will have the best answer for you. As I see it you may have 2 problems going on. 1. remeasure you squares and triangles. They appear to be different. Accurate as possible cuts are very important. 2. Consistent 1/4" seams are important. I do what is called a scant 1/4" seam. One or 2 threads short of 1/4 inch seams.

    Hope this helps a little:) Welcome to the board.

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    There's a few Tuturials on this board for that. You can try looking in the search...or here is one that may help you


    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-8342-1.htm

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    How are you making your HST's? I find it easiest to cut two squares 1 inch larger than the finished size I want. Draw a diagonal line on on square. Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line, cut apart and square up.

    Here is a link that explains it well. The instructions say 7/8 inch larger but I do 1 inch. I refuse to measure 1/8!

    http://quilting.about.com/od/quickpi...squaretria.htm

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    I probably don't know what I'm talking about, but it looks like maybe you needed to start with larger half sq. triangles. Did you use the same size sq. (and cut on the diangle) to make you hst? If so, that may be the problem. The sq. would need to be larger to account for the seam allowence. I can't remember the formula, but someone on here will. Your block will be lovely when finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoppe
    Hmm the pattern didn't say to cut them bigger. It just said cut 2 1/2" squares.
    that is one of those things you learn along the way. I usually cut about 1/8" bigger, but have even gone 1/4". It is easier to "square up" then like this find out that they are too small.

    "Square up" is to make the squares all the same size by trimming to a certain required measurement after you sewn the together like the half-square triangles.

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    So basically for a 2.5" inch square I need to cut the square 3 3/8' and then cut it diagonally, right?

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    Welcome from chilly Atlanta. Glad you're here.
    You must add 7/8 inch to each side of the HSTs before joining them together.

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    At this point, I would probably cut down the squares to fit the HSTs. The block will be smaller, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoppe
    So basically for a 2.5" inch square I need to cut the square 3 3/8' and then cut it diagonally, right?
    You are right on, most will tell 7/8" larger, but why not 1" and make life easier when rotary cutting. Yes, you will trim alittle, but you will have perfect size half square triangles.

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    I believe that if your squares are 2", the squares you cut to make the triangles have to be 2 7/8". If memory serves, you add 7/8" to the size of the square you are wanting to end up with after making the HST. Connecting Threads has a little tutorial on it: http://www.connectingthreads.com/tut..._HSTs__D4.html

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    Thanks for all the help and links. I think I've got it figured out now. :) This site is great!

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    I make the squares for the half square triangles 1" larger too, instead of 7/8"

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    I always do half square triangles bigger than I need and trim them down. Even if I start out with the right size squares I don't always end up with the right size half squares.

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    looks like you got the answer

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    ...and when you square up, make sure your diagonal center line on the HST stays diagonal and in the center or you will lose your points. have fun!

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