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    Thanks Gay, in reading the description it appears as though it is nearly the same thing. I cannot imagine sewing through paper will make a difference. I will check the fabric store when I go again. There are things that puzzle me and I need to be convinced. However, I do cut my fabric in a 2 layer square and mark/sew/press which is nearly the same thing. Can someone tell me these Thangles give you a PERFECT square? I want to hear a great, BIG testamonial on these things.

    Ok girls, let er rip!!!

    June

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    yes they do, it's because it's actually a rectangle untill you sew it, cut it apart and iron it. Then it's a darling little square. It's not the paper that makes the diff. it's the deminsions.(sp?)
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    p.s. I have to confess.... I cheated! I borrowed a couple from my mom and made copies, if you're making a lot it could get expensive.

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    Anyone else? the idea it is not a square is interesting. Can you give us some dimensions, Kathy?

    We are here to learn...especiallly me.

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    Since I'm at work (shhhh don't tell I'm on the puter) I can't , but when I get home I will measure and get back to you tomorrow
    kathy

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    I am learning from others that my method is the old and not so fast method. However a 6 in square (see-through ruler) with a diagonal line helps me to square my block to the proper dimensions. Sometimes I am :right onthe money" and other things I need to square. Rotary cutters were made for squaring and trimming so everything is neat and clean and perfect.

    I am still going to wait and weigh-in on what others tell me about those thangles. Just what I read does not convince me so far. Sorry!!!

    Tried and true methods work best for me.

    Keep trying.....someone may convince me yet. I am open to learning.

    June

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    Hey, June ...

    Personally I subscribe to an old philosophy: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    If your way works for you, don't fix it either.
    ;-)

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    I agree to that philosophy too, Patrice. I use the same method June uses and they usually turn out just fine. I know several quilters though who swear by the Thangles.
    Gay

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    I have no objection to Thangles. I'm just too cheap to buy such things. LOL

    Besides, I had already used my the computer to make my own before I knew I could buy them already made. I cut the fabric strips about 1/4" wider than called for, then center the strips of printed paper, so I know everything will trim down to proper sizes after the stitching is done. And usually only use it for dark fabrics.

    If I'm planning to hand-stitch the pieces, I iron freezer paper to the front of the fabric, then print my templates directly onto the back. Saves the time of drawing all those lines. Again, I only resort to that much work if the fabric is too dark for the printed lines to show.

    I've done that once in a while to prepare for machine piecing, too. Probably sounds a bit goofy. Slightly more prep work, and uses a little more fabric because of margins, etc. But sometimes it's worth it. Depends mostly on the specific project and the mood I'm in at the time. The method is especially helpful if I want to change a block designed to finish at one size so it'll finish to a different size.


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    OK here's the thangle (I hope)
    I don't know why it came out so big, maybe it'd lifesize but there's 3 to a sheet
    kathy

    it's 2 1/2 X 3 1/4
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    Thanks, Kathy. I will print it and see what I can do with it.

    Strange that I have been shopping in fabic stores for year, but only in the quilt department about 7, and never saw anything like it. I was just not looking in the right place.....or even curious enough to pick it up and check it out.

    This group has been a big help, in many ways. Please continue your kindness to others, especially new quilters. Your help is invaluable.

    June

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