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Thread: Really Easy Half Square Triangle Blocks

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    I tend to be a creature of habit and don't stray far from what I am used to. I have looked at them but haven't tried one yet. I might have to get one and try it.

    I used to do everything by hand and was very nervous of having to do all on the machine when I started selling 12 years ago. I decided to buy a rotary cutter and wasn't sure I wanted to use one as I felt by hand was more accurate. But I tried it and after a while I wouldn't do it any other way. So it would probably be the same with this smaller one too. I might like it more than I think. I dont' like the cutters that are the kind you press the handle down to engage the blade. I started with a Fiskars and I can't stand any thing else. I tried my friend's cutter the kind I described above and I wouldn't want one.

    I think those are an Olfa brand maybe? I'll stay with my Fiskars!

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    Thanks for the answer. I'll have to give this a try. ...somewhere I have one of those baby wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Thanks for the answer. I'll have to give this a try. ...somewhere I have one of those baby wheels.
    Your welcome Mad. You will have to let me know if you like it. I realize that everyone has their own way of doing things and I am a creature of habit so I am not offended if someone doesn't prefer my shortcuts. If it works for you fine and if it doesn't that's fine too! I took a class one time so I could get the designs used in the sampler quilt. But I didn't use her templates I came home and used my shortcuts to make the blocks. I didn't have much patience with using a differant template for each piece when I could do it my way easier.

    Each to their own. I firmly believe in live and let live as you know Mad!

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    Rhonda
    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one to do that! Thinking inside my own box...lol. I will look at directions for something and say to myself 'wouldn't it be easier to....' then I convince myself that the person writing the directions is the 'expert' and would be doing things the right way and I'm just being silly thinking of different ways.
    I once got a 50% on a pharmceutical test in LPN school because I had all the right answers but hadn't figured them out the way the instructors had showed us....MY way was much easier, but they didn't care! lol
    Have a great day!
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    Hi Rhonda, thank you for the templates I received them yesterday.. You re sweet to do this. Thanks again,Regards, Peterparley

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterparley
    Hi Rhonda, thank you for the templates I received them yesterday.. You re sweet to do this. Thanks again,Regards, Peterparley
    You're so welcome!! Hope you enjoy using them!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    I am a creature of habit
    Me too. I just did some HSTs the other day and what method did I use? Old tried and true drawing the line down the middle. Slap self on forehead! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    I am a creature of habit
    Me too. I just did some HSTs the other day and what method did I use? Old tried and true drawing the line down the middle. Slap self on forehead! lol
    They call it muscle memory Mad!!(no not the brain muscle!)
    You do what you have trained yourself to do and your muscles remember the steps and do them automatically!! LOL

    So retrain your brain and your muscles!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    This is a great tute... wish I had looked at this yesturday BEFORE i cut 132 triangles to make hst for the quilt I'm working on. Guess that just means I should spend even more time on this board LOL

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    Thanks for the tutorials!

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    thanks everyone!

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    GREAT !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Now the pieces that are left at the top and bottom can be used to make a 4 patch. There is very little waste with this method.
    Rhonda..thank you so very much for this tutorial...It was Very helpful...hugs Swimer Girl

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    I'm glad it helps!!

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    All I can say is ingenious!! Thatnks for the short cut and tip!!

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    Wow!!!! Thanks.

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    Am I missing something ?? If you cut the original half-square triangle unit out of the strip---don't you then have all of
    the sides of the square on the bias ? Awfully hard to sew
    accurately to anything else, especially for beginners because they stretch/ what you have after further cutting & sewing is an hourglass, not a four-patch. four-patch is 4 squares of different colors or pairs of colors.

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    Ok the largest HST I usually use is 1 1/2" so I don't pay any attention to bias or grain. But I am going to try a larger block and see.

    So someone tell me what problems do you run into with bias. If I understand it right it makes the fabric stretch right?

    I'll try a 4" square and see what happens. I learn by trial and error and if this is affecting the HSTs then I need to be aware of this for those who do make quilts. When I use the small HSTs I have never had any problem. So I am assuming that the larger blocks will need some thought.

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    yes, bias is stretchy. not too bad if you sew two pieces or HSTs & one of them is on the straight grain. but if you end
    up sewing two bias edges together, you can have problems,
    especially if you don't pin ends. that's why you cut your outside setting triangles from a large square into quarter-square triangles. then you have the straight-grain edges on
    the outside of your quilt. Cutting HSTs with the shown method
    works really accurately if you first use bias strips, then cut them with a square-up ruler. method is called bias-square.
    I'll check to see if there is a tutorial somewhere.

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    Lady, you're marvelous!!
    Do you wanna be adopted?

    Love this. I've loved the look of HSTs
    but couldn't get too enthused about
    making them. Always had to cut them
    down after making them too large!!

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    Thanks Ramona! This is the way I do all of my HSTs.

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    Thanks for tute. No excuse now for not doing HST's

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    do you cut your strip savage to savage this is neat thank you

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    I must be very lazy. When I cut HST I take two pieces of fabric the same size, right sides together sew around all four side (all the way to the end), then cut in half diagnonally, and cut in half diagonally again. Works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie
    do you cut your strip savage to savage this is neat thank you
    I just cut whatever I want. I do alot of scrappy so I use alot of differant fabrics.

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