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Thread: HST's -- an aha moment

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    HST's -- an aha moment

    I learned a tip at a class at my LQS a few days ago that I'm sure most of you know, but I didn't -- and I've been making quilts for a very long time. In the class we were making tons of very small HST's and the instructor preferred the old method of cutting squares on the diagonal and sewing the triangles together. That's never my first choice of constructing HST's. I prefer the two-at-a-time or four-at-a-time methods, but I always use the teacher's method in class. The measurements for the 1-1/2" HST's were 1-7/8" squares cut on the diagonal, and she did have us cut 2" squares, which is my usual habit. But here's the tip: Line up the triangles at the point instead of matching the side where the seam will be. They come out square every time with just the tiniest bit to trim because of cutting them over-sized.
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    Thanks for the tip katy!
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    Guess I'm not so dumb. I've always done it that way.

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    I do it that way too... and you're right. They come out perfect.
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    thanks for the tip
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    Yes! I figured this out when my hsts were sewing up wonky. I do this for a lot of blocks not just Hsts.
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    Thanks for your post, it's always nice to have another tip in your back pocket. I'm definitely going to test it on my next hst project.
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    great tip!! Last Saturday on a Fons and Porter episode, they talked about this.
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    Wow. I've always done that wrong. Thanks for the heads up.

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    I can use that tip. Thanks!
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    Thanks for the tip. That's one of those things that I've never thought about but it makes perfect sense.

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    thanks for sharing, will give it a try

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    Thanks for the tip. Those 1/2 square triangles can be pesky! :-)
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    I will try this the next time I am using hst's. I am also going to try it on other blocks as well, thanks for the tip, I had never heard nor had I thought of this.
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    Wow, good tip
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    Thanks for the tip - I'll definitely be able to use it.
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    I learn something every day -- thanks for the tip. I had never heard it before
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    Good tip!!

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    Thanks for sharing!! Great tip!
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    Thank you! I have tried so many techniques for HST's but usually I cut them over sized & then square up to the right size but your tip looks easier to me. I will try it for sure.

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    Thanks for the heads up. These reminders are always appreciated.


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    Great tip. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing. Everyone has a different method from which we all gain.

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    Great tip. Looks like it saves a lot of stitches.

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    Well, I'll be. Today is not a waste because I learned something new!
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