Saturday, September 8, 2007

Half-Square Triangles Revisited

This last week, I have been making a ton of quarter-square triangles. It is such a useful block, but also one that I find hard to make accurately. Of course, this block starts with a half-square triangle. I am always trying to find better ways to make the half-square triangle.
This time around I cut the tissue paper strips about 2" wide and drew a line down the middle. Then I placed the strip on top of the two squares that are stacked right sides together, matching up the line with two opposite corners of the fabric squares. Then I just sewed 1/4" away from both sides of the line. The paper acts as a great stabilizer. The stitching lines do not shrink or stretch the fabric. And it is easy to tear away the tissue paper after the square has been pressed.
It is much easier to draw a line on the paper than it is to draw a line on the fabric.
Give it a try, You may just like this method.
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