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Thread: Is there an easy peasy way to make foolproof HST's?

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    Is there an easy peasy way to make foolproof HST's?

    I love the quilts with HST's but mine never seem to come out exact - is there a foolproof way of getting them accurate without too much extra effort?

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    Yes. The Accuquilt Go! die cutter creates perfect triangles with the "dog ears" nipped off. This makes it very easy to match up triangles for sewing.

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    yep. foolproof. Love it.
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    Triangulations CD Sew on the dotted lines and cut on the bold lines. You get a bunch of HST from each paper
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    Triangles on a Roll work great too.

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    I find that making them a little bigger than they are suppose to be helps me. They get distorted sometimes because of the bias and I use starch and make sure I press, not iron. But making them 1/2" to 1" larger helps me also. Triangles on a Roll are a dream to use, but you have to buy the correct size for each project and that can be spendy. But I've done it just because it simplifies things so much. It's worth it to me!!!
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    I've found that taking a scant 1/4 inch seam helps a lot. Also, take a look at Rhonda's method of HST's (see the tutorial section here). She uses strip piecing and then centers a square template on the seam line on the diagonal to cut the HST from the strip. There is some fabric waste but it's a lot less marking and stress. They come out great using her method.
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    No matter which method you use, I think it's important to avoid having bias edges on the outsides of the HSTs.

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    I make mine out of squares that are 1" bigger than the desired size and trim them down. Perfect every time! I do have the AccuQuilt Go with the HST dies but I rarely use it.
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    This may help.

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    Jan's method is the one that I use....Drawing the line is worth the effort to me.

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    I use Jan's method too, and it's a great basic method.

    If I need more than 2 HSTs of the same fabrics, for example for a Carpenter's Wheel, I draw a much larger grid on my fabrics. The little extra time needed to draw lines on the fabric is worth it to me, in terms of accuracy and happiness. It's great to see 8 HSTs arrive at the same time!!
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    I do it Jan's way, too. I've done the paper things, too. They do work well and if you want to just do a few you can draw them up quickly in Paint so you don't have to buy papers.

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    It all depends on how many I need to make. If I need a lot then I do paper piecing with something like Thangles. If just a few then I do the same as Jan in VA. I love my That patchwork Place/Martingale Bias Squareup Ruler for this as it is well marked and in 1/4" increments.
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    Missiour Star Quilt Company has a video on how to make HST the easy way...Jenny's videos are great,

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    June tailors HST ruler will make perfect HST's every time. It is a wonderful tool! And squaring up is super easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltlady1941 View Post
    Missiour Star Quilt Company has a video on how to make HST the easy way...Jenny's videos are great,
    Agree that Jennys videos are great. She inspires many a new quilter. However I've found her method of sewing all the way around 2 squares hard for a newbie to handle the bias edges that are stretchy. Quick and easy sometimes can be a quick way to frustration later. I think for a newbie to hst's the best way would be the way Jan had suggested in a previous post or by using HST paper. The draw back to papers is that they too can be stretched out of shape when ripping off the paper. Please don't attack me I love Jennys tutorials, and watch them all. The best way to find the method that works for you is to try them all on some scrap fabric. You many end up liking Jenny's method and be better able to handle the bias edges than I could, after all I'm no expert like Jenny!

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    I do the 8 at a time way and they are always perfect and the right size when I'm done. That only works if you need to make a lot of them though..

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    Triangulations rocks! I love it and they come out absolutely perfect with NO TRIMMING.

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    I use JanInVA's method .... making a larger grid if doing more than one HST, which is usually the case.


    For those wanting the Triangulations method ... the PP patterns are on QuiltersCache.com ... only cost is for you to print them out. Just be sure to check the measurements and adjust accordingly.
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    Wondercut Ruler works really well.
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    I use Fons&Porters half square/quarter square ruler. You cut a strip and lay the ruler down and cut once, flip the ruler and cut once. Then pick them all up and sew on the edge. They come out really nice and they have not been stretched out of whack and you can cut a bunch pretty quickly.

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    Using triangles on a roll or printing out this type of paper http://www.quiltingandwhatnot.ca/Hal...-Triangle.html and photocopy makes the best 1/2 square triangles. I have completed quilts this way and it is the only way to go. Here are two examples, and good luck on your project
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    I use triangulations CD the most in making HST'S.
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    Rhonda's Method is the way to go. Perfect every time.
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