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    Hi Everyone!
    I’m working on a quilt pattern that calls for a bunch of triangles. I really dislike cutting squares on the diagonal in order to get triangles. I never seem to be able to cut right through the diagonal and come out the point. Does anyone have any tips on cutting triangles from squares? Are there lines on my ruler that I should be lining up with my square? Thanks for your help.

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    Here are my two tips. If you haven't invested in a Creative Grids ruler already now is the time. The non slip surface they have built into the ruler really works. You can't cut accurately if your ruler is sliding around on the fabric. I like my 6.5" x12.5" ruler for cutting on the diagonal.

    My second tip is to start cutting your first corner with your rotary cutter before placing your ruler on the diagonal. Just cut in a very small amount, like 1/16 of an inch. You will know that you have one corner perfectly on the corner. It will be much easier to see the corner without the ruler in the way. Now with your rotary cutter still in place just barely cutting into the first corner, use your other hand to place the ruler across the diagonal and cut.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by DeniseSm; October 2nd, 2019 at 09:15 AM.
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    You never cut squares that would leave bias
    edges to work with. The best way to make your
    Triangles with no bias edges are-
    Cut your squares 1 inch bigger than your
    pattern calls for. Place two squares right sides
    together. Draw a pencil line diagonally across
    your lightest color. Stitch 1/4 inch on each side
    of your pencil line. Cut on your pencil line. Press.
    Square up your blocks.

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    I can think of many many instances where you have to cut triangles with bias edges before you sew the block together. The first two that come to mind are the Cats Cradle block and the setting triangles for any quilt set on point. Given that there are many instances where you have to cut triangles before sewing, it is prudent to ask for tips on how to cut the triangles accurately from corner to corner.
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    If I'm doing bunches, I like the easy 8 method. Not knowing the pattern or what you're doing, it might not be the way to go for you.
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    I have never used Sizzix Dies for quilting but I know people that do:
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sizzix-Bi...ll&athena=true

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    I throw out another idea to you.The Bloc Loc ruler. Here is a video by the inventor (I think)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUqbjcV36IE



    Lorie

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