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Thread: New tool and method for 1/2sq triangles

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    New tool and method for 1/2sq triangles

    I recently went to a lecture given by Cindy Casciato. She is very good speaker and she introduced a new tool and method that she had "invented". the tool is called "Magic Triangle Method Tool" and it is used to make 1/2 sq and 1/4sq triangles. Tool looks like a 12" ruler but is 5/8" wide and has a center line in it. You cut the squares 1 ' larger then the FINISHED size of the block, put the center line corner to corner and draw a line on either side of the tool. Then sew down each line and cut in the center. This gives you 2 1/2sq triangles. What makes this method different is the you DO NOT cut squares block size + 7/8" (we all know how hard that is). but you cut block +1". The extra amount is built into the ruler to help make block the correct size. I have used this several times to make 1/2 sq triangles and it really works great and makes perfect blocks with out hassel of cutting 7/8". This method can be used on any pattern where 1/2sq triangles are used. Just add 1/8" to blocks cutting instructions when cutting and then used this tool. Tool is only $10 and I think it is well worth it. It can probably be bought on Cindy's web site " www.cindycasiato.com" (and no she is not my best friend nor am I related). She also shows how to sew lines like you are using thangles but this tool is cheaper than thangles and can be used for any size block while you need specific size thangles for different block size.

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    Thanks, I looked at the website, but it's cindycasciato.com....you missed the second C
    The ruler was a neat idea and made sense. Not sure I'll add it to my growing number of rulers, but I did like it.
    Just wanted to correct the site in case someone else wanted to look.

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    I think the 7/8" didn't make sense. I have thought of just rounding up to the next number, then cut down to size needed. No sense to make things harder then they need to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I think the 7/8" didn't make sense. I have thought of just rounding up to the next number, then cut down to size needed. No sense to make things harder then they need to be.
    I think that the advantage of this ruler is that you do not have to think about the sewing /moving needle since the adjustments are in the ruler. She has basically added the 1/8" to the ruller for you. I am not really a "gadget" sewer but do have several oversized rullers and find this one to be really helpful.

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    I've had a clear ruler like that for years. it has slits that you mark the center line in. the ends of the ruler are pointed to fit in the corners of the square. she didn' t " invent" anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    I've had a clear ruler like that for years. it has slits that you mark the center line in. the ends of the ruler are pointed to fit in the corners of the square. she didn' t " invent" anything.
    This might be the Magic Ruler from Quilter's Rule. Interesting that both "creators" use the term "magic."
    http://quiltersreview.com/index.php/...but-effective/

    It's hard to come up with something really new. I was interested in the directions for using Cindy's tool, but the link to download them doesn't work.

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    I have a Creative Grids ruler that only has 7/8" markings. It is the best HST ruler ever! I like new quilting tools and it's fun to see all the variations and choices we have. My newest favorite way to make HSTs? Go die cuts. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    My newest favorite way to make HSTs? Go die cuts. LOL.
    Ditto!!! Lol! Very easy and math-free.

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    I too think it is funny Cindy Casciato claims to have "invented" this method and tool, I have been making HST using 1" bigger square for at least 15 years, if not more. I don't mess around with one square at a time though. I draw a grid on a bigger hunk of fabric and sew diagonals on the grid. Then I trim my completed one down. I don't think it is possible to come up with anything new for making HST.

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    this is sort of like the one i have but mine is clear. you must click on pic to enlarge to see it well.
    http://www.quiltersrule.com/template/qr-qq.html

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    I guess I am always the dissenting viewer/commentor. How is it harder to cut 7/8" than 1"? Why go the trouble of then having to square up your blocks before you use them? Ah - to each his own. Basic rulers work for me and my pocketbook. New "inventions" rarely grab my eye.

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    Amer. Patchwork & Q'ing has had that method out for years. I fail to see why you need to buy yet another ruler just to a square 1" bigger that finished HST size, draw a diagonal line, sew 1/4" on both sides of line and cut in half on the diagonal line! I've not been able to find this tute on the mag's web site anymore, so if anyone wants a copy, PM me your email. Also has method for 8 at a time. Pam Bono's grid method and those by others is also wonderful! All of these are accurate and none needs another notion!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    I've had a clear ruler like that for years. it has slits that you mark the center line in. the ends of the ruler are pointed to fit in the corners of the square. she didn' t " invent" anything.
    I also have this clear blue ruler with the slit down the middle but if you use that ruler then you need to cut your blocks 7/8" bigger than the finished block. Cindy's ruler adds in the extra 1/8" for cutting blocks 1" bigger. also if you cut block 1" bigger and stitch 1/4 " on either side of the center diaginal line then you still have to square block to be finished size you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    this is sort of like the one i have but mine is clear. you must click on pic to enlarge to see it well.
    http://www.quiltersrule.com/template/qr-qq.html
    I have one of these and I don't think I have used it more than once or twice in 10 yrs. Years ago I did the grid on the larger pieces of fabric to make 1/2 square triangles. I think the last triangles I made were for a block of the month 3 or 4 years ago.

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    The only ruler I use for 1/2 square triangles is the Wonder Ruler. They are so easy, and they come out perfect every time. I used to stay away from anything that had triangles before I got this ruler. Here is the link with a video on how to use it.

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/Too...r__D81315.HTML

    Click the tab that says bonus media, and they have a video you can watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwessel47 View Post
    I guess I am always the dissenting viewer/commentor. How is it harder to cut 7/8" than 1"? Why go the trouble of then having to square up your blocks before you use them? Ah - to each his own. Basic rulers work for me and my pocketbook. New "inventions" rarely grab my eye.
    This puzzled me, too. Unless it's "doing the math" to add 7/8ths to whatever size you want. Anything I don't have to square up before use is what I'm going for since I hate squaring up!

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    I always just make my squares 1 inch bigger and use my 6.5 inch square to cut them down bought my half square angle ruler from nanacys notions years and years ago use it all the time

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    I don't know when Cindy "invented" her ruler, but I have the Quilter's Rule (mine is blue-green from Nancy's Notions) which has the notation Betty Gall 1991.
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    Well, I just ordered the magic ruler. If I don't use it, I won't be the first one I've bought and not used. But it looked handy. I enjoyed reading all of the other comments. And I would like to know more about the grid method some of you talked about. Could you tell me where to find more info. Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanharville View Post
    Well, I just ordered the magic ruler. If I don't use it, I won't be the first one I've bought and not used. But it looked handy. I enjoyed reading all of the other comments. And I would like to know more about the grid method some of you talked about. Could you tell me where to find more info. Thanks,
    Here ya go, Jean! there are many other sites on the internet: google "HST grid". Here's one:
    [url]http://www.patchwork-and-quilting.com/grid-pieced-half-square-triangles.html[/url

    ps: if you are making many like I did, I drew my grid on template plastic, drilled a little hole at each intersection to poke a pencil thru to mark the grid on fabric.
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    my favorite ruler for making hst's is the nifty notions half square ruiler. you put both fabrics right sides together and cut the size you need then take them to the sewing machine and sew only have one dog ear to trim off and they are the correct size and no squaring up... part of the money for these rulers goes to breast cancer extra benefit.

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    I have one made by Omnigrid for Fons and Porter. Bought it 12 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS49OR View Post
    Thanks for the update on the correct site!!!!!

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    Well La-Tee-Dah, what an interesting thread!
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