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    Quicker? half square triangles

    I'm not one to buy all those dedicated rulers that come on the market. I had cause to do over 100 half square triangles and don't have the quarter inch ruler; I used my fine line chalk marker to draw only the center line and then adjusted the needle position to give me a quarter inch line. Anything that can save me time I really like.
    Anyone else have any ideas that fudge the product instructions?
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    That's the way I learned in my quilting class...I'll keep an eye on this thread to see other options

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    I use inklingo to make HST's and QST's. I hate doing it any other way than this way. You print on the fabric and sew on the lines, love love love it. very accurate.

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    If I need a lot of HST that are the same, I use the grid method for making them. I mark directly on my fabric. As all drawn lines are cut it doesn't matter if the marks show, they are usually trimmed away or buried in my seam allowance. http://www.quiltchat.com/lessons/halfsqr.html

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    Check out Triangulations software.

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    MaryK ... I've missed you (been creeping your blog!) wondered if you'd gone on a world tour!
    That's the way I do HSTs ... and if I want lots, I use the grid method, as per
    FelineF's link.

    I usually oversize the squares a little ... then trim them up so they are perfectly square!!!
    (and how I get them perfectly square and true to size ... eg. Christmas Churn Dash you saw IRL!)
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    Hope I can explain this so it makes sense. If your square is rather small take an index card and lay it diagonally from corner to corner, line your machine foot edge up against the index card and adjust your needle to 1/4" to the side of the index card and stitch. No need to mark anything. Flip it over and sew down the other side in the same manner. if your squares of fabric are larger, use a file folder or larger card. This is not my idea, a quilt group member shared this recently.

    I've also used this method ... because I'm lazy and it makes several at once and no stitching on bias ... hope this makes sense ... if the square in your picture is say 2 1/2", cut 2 5" blocks (1 of each fabric) and on one piece (I do it on the lighter fabric) mark the centers on all sides and draw lines on center top to center bottom and center side to center side (your block now has 4 sections) then draw a line diagonal from the the center mark on top/bottom to the center mark on the sides. These will be your cut lines after you stitch. You can either draw lines or use your foot to stitch 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn diagonal line. After stitching, cut and you will have 8 1/2 square triangles. Again, not my idea ... read it somewhere.

    Suzy

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    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...l_TD81088.html This is a guide that you put on your sewing machine bed so you don't have to draw the lines on your fabric. I haven't used it but know several quilters that have and they just love it!

    heres 2 you tube video showing how it is used http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYWwMCllt_8

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ View Post
    Hope I can explain this so it makes sense. If your square is rather small take an index card and lay it diagonally from corner to corner, line your machine foot edge up against the index card and adjust your needle to 1/4" to the side of the index card and stitch. No need to mark anything. Flip it over and sew down the other side in the same manner. if your squares of fabric are larger, use a file folder or larger card. This is not my idea, a quilt group member shared this recently.

    I've also used this method ... because I'm lazy and it makes several at once and no stitching on bias ... hope this makes sense ... if the square in your picture is say 2 1/2", cut 2 5" blocks (1 of each fabric) and on one piece (I do it on the lighter fabric) mark the centers on all sides and draw lines on center top to center bottom and center side to center side (your block now has 4 sections) then draw a line diagonal from the the center mark on top/bottom to the center mark on the sides. These will be your cut lines after you stitch. You can either draw lines or use your foot to stitch 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn diagonal line. After stitching, cut and you will have 8 1/2 square triangles. Again, not my idea ... read it somewhere.

    Suzy
    The formula for this method: (Finished size of HST x 2) + 2 (1 7/8 if you're perfect). For instance, for 2" hst cut (2 x 2)+2 =6" squares of both fabrics right sides facing. Draw lines as Suzy says, connecting sided at center marks, then draw diagonals from top to bottom, both corners making a big X. Sew 1/4 on each side of diagonals ONLY, not the cross connecting the side centers, CUT along ALL lines(center and diagonal. Makes 8 , trim to unfinished 2 1/2"
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    I found thr wonder cut ruler to be worth the money.
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    I have this and I love it.

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    I use the Eleanor Burns method which gives you 8 HSTs when you finish. They are a little oversized and I trim them down. I'm not good with triangles and when I try other methods I tend to have problems.

    mltquilt

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    I do the same thing but do use the Angler 2 also.

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    If you put two squares together and sew 1/4 inch all the way around, then cut in half corner to corner, you get the same results easier

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    I have many types of rulers and tools to make HSTs. I found all of them useful, according to my mood at the time. I don't like having just one way to make the same thing.
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maureen View Post
    If you put two squares together and sew 1/4 inch all the way around, then cut in half corner to corner, you get the same results easier
    But then aren't you left with all bias edges to join to other pieces?

    Tomorrow I will post a tute using 2 pieces of tape on my machine bed/table to make HST's. No rulers, no special tools, no marking. Good for 1/4" seams, too!
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    That's how I do mine too
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    i use THANGLES.... THE BEST...WAY TO DO HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES..

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    I use the index card method too. It replaces having to mark the center line across the block. Just start by dropping the needle in position, then line up the card. Sew beside the card and it's done. If you happen to stray and sew ONTO the card, it's only paper, easy fix !
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    Quote Originally Posted by echoemb View Post
    I use inklingo to make HST's and QST's. I hate doing it any other way than this way. You print on the fabric and sew on the lines, love love love it. very accurate.

    I have had inklingo for several years never used it, then forgot about it. It was one of those impulse buys that I had to have. Maybe I should dig it out and try it.
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    I have seen the HST done like this on FonsandPorter on Saturday afternoons. I like this method also.

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    Huh!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherryl57 View Post
    Huh!!!!!!!
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    Thank you for the "formula"!

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    I use this method, but instead of the wonder cut ruler, which I dont own, I use E Burns hst square up ruler. sew my2 lines, then cut triangles. No trimming as they come out perfect. Yes there is a bias edge, but I starch them with no problems. Works like a charm.
    Quote Originally Posted by An Arm Long View Post
    I found thr wonder cut ruler to be worth the money.

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