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Thread: Thangles or creative grids ruler?

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    Thangles or creative grids ruler?

    Earlier this year I signed up for a block of the month club using Thangles... Lots of half square triangles. I recently purchased a Creative Grids multi size 45 90 ruler that was recommended by the authors of several books on Jelly Roll Quilts (the Lintott's)... After 7 months of using Thangles, I really like using the Creative Grids ruler... It seems a lot simpler to me, an easier way to make multi-sized HST or QST... The ruler is a bit pricey, but i think it's worth it. Anyone else have a similar or different experience?

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    I don't like thangles. Too much hoo haw for me. I like the Fons and Porter half square triangle ruler.

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    Creative Grids for me! I love the grippers that are on them. There are You Tube tutorial videos to show you how to use them and lots of patterns that use them. I have one in my Attic Window block tutorial, in fact!

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    I have a friend who has been using thangles for years- loves them and always uses them- - me on the other hand prefer my rulers- guess it just depends on what you prefer- there are probably as many people who always use them as there are people who never use them- either way is fine as long as you achieve the finished product you wanted.
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    I also prefer rulers. I enjoy paper piecing for the odd, hard to do any other way, stuff.
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    I do both , it depends on the project( generally the small ones I use tangles) . There is a web site that has printable sheets for 1/2 triangles. Just can't find it right now.

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    The only time I've used Thangles is during my LQS BOM. I must say, I'm not a fan. I think using my regular rulers are far easier and quicker. Don't use any special rulers - just regular 6.5 x 24" with the various angle lines to use for trimming purposes. This said, I usually make my HST's a bit on the large size and trim down.

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    If you plan on making more HST or QST you MUST purchase a CD called Triangulations (I have 3.0 there may be a newer version). You can basically print out sheets for any size you are making. You sew on the sewing lines and cut on the cutting lines. Perfect HST and QST every time. It is a fantastic CD and worth purchasing (~$30). Something I will use in quilting for many years. Try it!

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    I just made 840 HSTs for a Bonnie Hunter quilt using the Easy Angle ruler. It uses strips that measure 1/2" bigger than the finished size. Once you get your seam allowance correct, there's no need to trim to size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewplease View Post
    I just made 840 HSTs for a Bonnie Hunter quilt using the Easy Angle ruler. It uses strips that measure 1/2" bigger than the finished size. Once you get your seam allowance correct, there's no need to trim to size.
    I too like making HST with the easy angle ruler...it goes quickly and both pieces are cut together so naturally the fit! Although I have used Triangles on a Roll. If I am making a scrappy using mixed colors or odd pieces....I think most of us use different ways depending on how many and whether color control or scrappy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewplease View Post
    I just made 840 HSTs for a Bonnie Hunter quilt using the Easy Angle ruler. It uses strips that measure 1/2" bigger than the finished size. Once you get your seam allowance correct, there's no need to trim to size.
    Hmmm... It looks like the Creative Grids ruler and the easy angle ruler have the same concept (although the creative grid includes quarter square triangle, but easy angle costs less!) it's good to know. Thanks

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    I prefer the Easy Angle.....I would rather not remove paper when I don't have to!

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    I started using thangles and enjoyed using them. I have since found it faster and simpler to cut 2 squares 1/2" bigger than the actual size hst size I want, right sides together sew a 1/4 seam on either side of a center line corner to corner. With this method I don't have to keep up with the thangles and making sure I have the size I need for the different projects.

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