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Old 08-20-2010, 10:33 AM
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I needed to make a large number on half square triangles so I decided to use the new method that was talked about on Missouri Star Quilt Company where you sew around a square on all four sided and then cut across from corner to corner. It sounded really good and looked great on the tutorial, but I guess I was not careful enough with the hypothenuse(long side) not being on the straight of grain. I had a mess to say the least. If you decided to use this method maybe starching is the answer. I ended up using the Fons & Porter Half and Quarter Ruler and they turned out great. The two long sided are on the straight of grain.
I will post my tablerunner when it is finished. Happy Quilting!
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:42 AM
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I was wondering about those bias edges. Thank you for letting us know :D:D:D
I will starch my fabrics well if using this method :wink:
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by amma
I was wondering about those bias edges. Thank you for letting us know :D:D:D
I will starch my fabrics well if using this method :wink:
Anytime you know you will be sewing on the bias- STARCH the fabric heavily before you even cut it.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:01 AM
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I starched the square before cutting. Never hold the end of a bias cut edge as it feeds into the machine or pull it from behind. Don't pull it away from the needle by the fabric after sewing. That will distort most all sewn pieces bias or not. I made several HST using this method last night. I didn't have a problem but I made sure the pieces were not tugged on at all.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:02 AM
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thanks, Starch Starch Starch
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:20 PM
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I've used Thangles for 1/2 sq triangles. You pin the paper to the block, dsew on the dotted line and cut on the solid line. The paper stabilizes sewing on the bias, and you press with the paper on, let cool and rip the paper off. Comes in about 4 or 5 different sizes.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:31 PM
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I'll keep that in mind if I try that method. Thanks.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:29 AM
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Quilt in a Day uses big squares and sew on both sides of an X that you draw on it then cut in half on both sides then on the x lines. You get 8 half sqs not on the bias.
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