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    Default Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    I've been looking at different half square triangle methods. Has anyone tried this one and if so what did you think? Just trying to decide what would work best for me before I jump into my next project.

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    Default Re: Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    That's pretty clever!
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    Default Re: Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    I wouldn't try that one. - for me. Others may like it. I see too much room for error in cutting. She was already off after 4 cuts.
    Plus this results in bias edges.

    The easiest method will really depend on how many HST's you want to make at one time, and if you want your HST's to have bias edges, or not.
    The strip tube method will make quite a few, already trimmed HST's, but you will have bias edges, which can stretch, and negate any ease of making them by giving you trouble later when piecing them. I have used this recently, and I like it, but I don't use it every time. I was also sewing them together almost imediately, so they weren't getting handled or moved around much. but I will say I should have used a straight of grain border, to stablize it, and I didn't. There is a bit of a wave to the small mat I made, even though I stitched around the whole thing with a walking foot before adding the binding.

    The 4 at a time, by sewing all around 4 sides, then cutting diagonally twice will also result in bias edges.

    The plain ol two at a time method will have your edges on the straight of grain, which will be easier to piece, but you will likely have to trim. They are less likely to distort with handling, and you could probably have a flat piece without a border to stablize.

    The 8 at a time looks promising, and I will probably try that next.
    https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/01...are-triangles/

    and then there's one where they take two large pieces, pretty sides together, and mark diagonally so many inches apart, then in reverse, then sew back and forth, then cut them all out, which will give you many straight edged HST's, which I have not tried.

    In my opinion, there really are no shortcuts. It's kinda like pay now or pay later.

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    Default Re: Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    I prefer the method of two at a time by drawing a line corner to corner on the back of one square, place pretty sides together, then sew 1/4" from the line on both sides, then cut on line, press open, square up. I also don't cut 7/8" on anything! I round up to a full inch, and this gives me room for error. Learned this in a Perfect Piecing class.
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    Default Re: Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    It looks fun! I might experiment first.



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    Default Re: Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    I draw the diagonal line and sew 1/4" on either side Then cut them apart. I have tried Jenny's method of sewing around all four edges but for some reason I wind up needing to do lots of squaring up, so I just do it the old fashioned way.

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    Default Re: Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    No! Too much cutting!
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    Default Re: Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    Thanks........I hadn't thought about the bias edges........bleh.
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    Default Re: Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    I like the Magic 8 from Craftsy. That method along with the Bloc Loc gives me perfect HSTs.

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    Default Re: Anyone Try This Half Square Triangle Method?

    I've never seen that method demo'd before. Not something I would use.

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