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    I dont know what it is about triangles. I can do circles, I can do complicated paper piecing but I cannot do triangles.

    I get the colors on the wrong side. I sew the wrong sides together, making a square not a larger triangle. Luckily I have extra fabric.

    Intellectually, I understand them....but somehow I cannot get them tamed. I have two quilts going right now that are triangles. I am finishing these and never doing another one.

    But for right now, I think I might just stop and have a margarita.

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    LOL I sew them on the wrong sides too... unsew them and then do it again ROFLMBO Could I have some salt on the rim of a margarita too? :D:D:D

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    Sorry, it posted twice, yikes!

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    I do better matching up squares, draw a line catty corner, stitch the 1/4in on each side, then cut them in half. Triangles drive me crazy too, so whenever possible, I do it this way. Just check out your pattern before you do all those final triangle cuts, & this might be alot easier...

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    Sure...regular with salt or raspberry with sugar?? I already ate a candy bar. If I hadnt promised this stupid quilt to a charity by the 29th, I would throw it in the closet!

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    I made the mistake of cutting out striped fabric. Now as if the triangles aren't bad enough--try getting the stripes going in the right direction.

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    GRAMMY, we are sisters...YES it is striped fabric on top of it all!!!

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    I only do triangles if they start out as squares and are cut into triangles after sewing. I want to do a hexagon quilt though and then I'll have to get over it, I guess.

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    When I do anything with triangles, I ALWAYS lay the block out on the left side of my sewing machine. I study it, lay one piece on the other piece, hold it, pin with one pin, and then PRAY that I'll sew the triangle right..... :) :)

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    I,m with you, gave up a piece of fruit for a wine spritzer from South Africa, seems like a fair trade to me. It is called Pomula Trust me the margarita will help you see things in a different light!

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    I am also working with triangles at the mo doing a kite design quilt and i know what you mean about sewing them on the wrong way round but i unpick them and this is more frustrated than anything lol,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    GRAMMY, we are sisters...YES it is striped fabric on top of it all!!!
    I am making squares first. Then take my dritz marking tool and draw a diagonal line on the back of each striped fabric. Sew 1/4" on each side of that line. Then cut on the line. Press open and you have two triangles.

    I figured out each square gives you strips in two directions. After you have two squares worth of triangles you can match them up.

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    PatP that is a wonderful stained glass window in your avatar!

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    I'm not a triangle fan either

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    I dont know what it is about triangles. I can do circles, I can do complicated paper piecing but I cannot do triangles.

    I get the colors on the wrong side. I sew the wrong sides together, making a square not a larger triangle. Luckily I have extra fabric.

    Intellectually, I understand them....but somehow I cannot get them tamed. I have two quilts going right now that are triangles. I am finishing these and never doing another one.

    But for right now, I think I might just stop and have a margarita.
    I feel your pain! I have a full bottle of wine, wanna come? :lol:

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    Thank you neeng, that window is 5 ft in diameter the trim is sassafras wood . It use to hang in the second story of our old farm house. DH put it there and then he installed it in our new home. When the sun shines I feel like I am in church everyday! The baby is grandson Parker Lance in his great-grandma Palmers christening gown with matching underskirt.

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    Okay...just when I was getting my mind wrapped around the idea of trying triangles...all that add 7/8 stuff...I was really gearing up to try it...ugh! I'm sticking to applique...LOL!
    Oh and thanks so much for the warning about stripes and triangles...RFLOL!

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    HSTs are the only way to go! Just look at the pics of how to, & try it! So much easier!...

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    I like to use a Wonder Cut ruler to do HST's - the ruler does the math for me - I just have to cut strips...there are other rulers on the market that work well for cutting triangles also.

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    I dont have problems sewing them. I have a problem putting them together properly. I finally did what the one quilter posted and laid them out on the side of my machine.

    I am not doing HST. I always get so confused about what they are called. I am doing the ones where two triangles are put together to make another triangle. You sew on the short side.

    I got half of them done...only need 32. But I have 15 mistakes!!! Stripes wrong way, WOW upside down, accent color in the wrong place and the infamous put two triangles together and get a square.

    My husband just came in and laughed. He thinks it is hilarious. I think he is sleeping on the couch tonight.

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    The couch is a great place for husbands who think our frustrations are funny:)

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    yep I think it is a good place for hubbies to sleep when they laugh at us!!!! Have another margurita or two and you wont care which way those little triangles are facing!!! :thumbup:

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    Dakotamaid, I am not sure what you are doing with your triangles. Most of the triangles I use are either in paper piecing or in HSTs (half square traingles). I always do HSTs the way that was shown earlier in this thread. One of my very early quilts was a disaster that wouldn't even slow me down today. It was a scrappy row-pieced quilt of triangles with lots of animals for a child to "spy". My row was nothing like straight. If I were doing it today, dots where seams will meet, as I did on beginning my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. Then line up dots and sew dot to dot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    I dont know what it is about triangles. I can do circles, I can do complicated paper piecing but I cannot do triangles.

    I get the colors on the wrong side. I sew the wrong sides together, making a square not a larger triangle. Luckily I have extra fabric.

    Intellectually, I understand them....but somehow I cannot get them tamed. I have two quilts going right now that are triangles. I am finishing these and never doing another one.

    But for right now, I think I might just stop and have a margarita.
    I feel your pain! I have a full bottle of wine, wanna come? :lol:
    Oh yes, trial and error....do you have red?

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    try Rhonda's cut down method..Its a great way to get over your fear.

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