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Thread: How to get perfect pinwheels?

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    Senior Member vivientan's Avatar
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    I'm working on a quilt right now, which is made up of pinwheel blocks. However I notice that it's so difficult to get perfect pinwheels, with the four pointed ends at the same spot. I'm pretty sure that I've cut my fabrics correctly with an accurate 1/4 seam.

    How can I improve this?

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    Are you making the hst's a little larger and then cutting down? If so, you really need to make sure you line up your ruler right on. Those little buggers will wonk out on you if you cut the slightest off.

    Here's a site the works pretty well.

    http://www.blockcentral.com/a-halfsq...glepaper.shtml

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    I make the HSTs larger and cut them down. You need to be careful that the seams are at the corner of the HST. Most directions say add 7/8" but I add a full inch and trim square. I also make 8 at a time. If I want 2.5" blocks - I start with two 6" squares and go from there.

    I use a 6X12 ruler with angles marked on it but the tucker trimmers are great for that as well - here is how they work ->

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw7qi3uHUZg

    I also press all the seams in the same direction so the seams nest tog when assembling. Here is my most recent quilt that is still underway - lol lots of HSTs.

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    I really like this one great job

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    I used the technique of cutting a light 5" square and a dark 5"
    scrap print and placing them right sides together. Then I sew a 1/4" all around the square. Next I make 2 diagonal cuts and then sew back together making sure I have butted the seams together.Works great for me.
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    I also cut larger - to the inch - and then trim. I use my regular ruler and use my 45 deg. angle to trim. I press my seams open to help everything lay flatter. Helps a lot when matching up lots of seams. At least for me.

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    oh wow, eparys, your quilt is gorgeous!

    has anyone here used the thangles method? I haven't tried it yet but I hear it makes perfect hst.


    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    I make the HSTs larger and cut them down. You need to be careful that the seams are at the corner of the HST. Most directions say add 7/8" but I add a full inch and trim square. I also make 8 at a time. If I want 2.5" blocks - I start with two 6" squares and go from there.

    I use a 6X12 ruler with angles marked on it but the tucker trimmers are great for that as well - here is how they work ->

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw7qi3uHUZg

    I also press all the seams in the same direction so the seams nest tog when assembling. Here is my most recent quilt that is still underway - lol lots of HSTs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady
    I used the technique of cutting a light 5" square and a dark 5"
    scrap print and placing them right sides together. Then I sew a 1/4" all around the square. Next I make 2 diagonal cuts and then sew back together making sure I have butted the seams together.Works great for me.
    I do this also and it works unbelievably well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    oh wow, eparys, your quilt is gorgeous!

    has anyone here used the thangles method? I haven't tried it yet but I hear it makes perfect hst.

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    I have - but even at that I want them a bit larger - Here is a link to free printable ones.

    http://www.quilt.com/Blocks/Triangle...Triangles.html

    There are several sizes

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    I just saved the patterns from the first web site. I plan to use the 4 inch one to make the Granbury retreat Challenge Project Linus quilt. Thanks for posting it.

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    Sorry for my ignorance, can someone tell me what does HST stand for?

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    According to the pattern I'm working on, it says to put 2 squares right sides together, then draw a line on the diagonal. Thereafter sew 1/4 seam to either sides of this line. Then cut along the line to form two triangles before piecing them together to form a pinwheel. Is this a good way to sew the pinwheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivientan
    Sorry for my ignorance, can someone tell me what does HST stand for?
    ok just realised HST stands for half-square triangles.

    Thanks for all the wonderful advice. Now I finally realise where I had gone wrong....never knew that I had to cut the squares bigger. No wonder all my quilts with pointed triangles always turned out horrible!

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    Okay I tried the Missouri Quilt lady method you take 2 squares the same size, right sides together, sew around all 4 sides with 1/4 inch seam and the diagonally cut across to form 4 seperate pieces put them together and all of mine came together prety darned close!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivientan
    Sorry for my ignorance, can someone tell me what does HST stand for?
    HST=half square triangles
    QST=quarter square triangles

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    make sure your seams are pressed to the opposite direction so that they but up against each other. then where the points meet make sure to mark them at the 1/4 to make sure when you sew that you are catching it so that you keep your points. I used to have the same problem and these were the tricks that were told to me and it works.

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    can anyone explain to my why a piece of clear plastic with measurements on it has to cost so much? I remain blown away by the expense of all these trimming tools in the quilting world.

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    I don't know. That is why when ever Joann's or Hancock Fabrick has their 50% off sale that is the area that I head; the notions section. Most of the material I can handle but to get good measuring items it's expensive. Now I hear that you should also stick to the same line because the measurements aren't always the same with different brands of rulers. So if you start measuring a project with a certain ruler keep the same line thru out the whole project. I think it's just another way to get our money and drive us crazy.

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    Hi, The website you recommended for paper triangle graphs came just in time, I just about used mine up making 376 1/2 sq. triangles. Great suggestion. Thanks

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    Do you know there is a software program that has them on thier CD and then what we do here is go to the Dollar Store and get tracing paper and print them out on it. It really saves money especially when you have large projects going on

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    Have you tried Thangles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg
    Do you know there is a software program that has them on thier CD and then what we do here is go to the Dollar Store and get tracing paper and print them out on it. It really saves money especially when you have large projects going on
    The program is called Triangulations. I snagged it from a sale bin on vacation. SCORE! The tracing paper idea is brilliant. Gotta love this Board...

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    Thanks, everyone for the info. I am new to quilting and I did not know what HST/QST meant. Now, I do. Thank you.

    Annee from Arizona

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    Here's a good tutorial on pinwheels. The last part shows you how to
    reduce bulk where all your seams meet. You can also press your seams
    open when you assemble your HST's or you can press all seams open...up
    to you. Happy quilting. :)

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/tut...ngles__D4.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivientan
    According to the pattern I'm working on, it says to put 2 squares right sides together, then draw a line on the diagonal. Thereafter sew 1/4 seam to either sides of this line. Then cut along the line to form two triangles before piecing them together to form a pinwheel. Is this a good way to sew the pinwheels?
    I've done that method and as long as you have a near perfect seam allowance, I don't cut them any larger and mine still line up. Caveat: I always pin and start at the most important point/ corner and sew out, that way if my seam allowance is off I still get the point/ corner I need right and can trim down if I absolutely have to.

    Something that may be messing you up is that when you press them on the bias you can end up stretching them quite a bit (I started sewing making garments and so when we say press, we mean iron until you're sure it won't move, quilters I found through trial, error and talking to some friends over the years mean press just enough that the seam will be where you want it when you sew across it).

    I've also used the 2 squares that give you 4 triangles (2 diagonal cuts after sewing around the outside) and have found that A/ it's easier because I'm not sewing on a bias and B/ I get more pieces for the effort!

    Just my take.

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