Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Assembly line

252 half-square triangle squares coming right up!  The first 84:

IMG_6559After writing my last post I looked through one of my quilting books to refresh my memory about how to construct multiple triangle squares by drawing a grid on the back of one of the fabrics and sewing along certain lines.  The next day I was trying to work up the enthusiasm to carefully measure and draw the grid when I took a break to check email.  Now I’m wondering if my computer listens in on conversations and goes out seeking relevant information all on its own.


Waiting in my inbox was junk mail from Quilt-Pro Systems about a “one day only sale” on Triangle Magic software.  I almost deleted it but since I was in the midst of pondering triangles, I clicked through to the product web page, and it turns out that this software prints out exactly the kind of grid I was planning to draw, for any size triangle square from 1” to 7”.  The sale price was just low enough that I didn’t mind buying it to try it out.

It worked!  Layer 2 fabrics, right sides together, pin to paper template, sew on the red lines, cut on the black lines.  The paper stabilizes the seam while pressing, and I am getting nice square units, properly square and exactly the size I want them to be!


These fabrics are all sewn and just need cutting and pressing.  I have 4 or 5 more to stack and sew.  I thought it would take me much longer to get all these units made up, but it looks like I may be ready to play with the layout by the end of the week!


  1. I use that method but it depends on whether I am using whole fabric or scraps. I just do whatever works. I like how this is turning out. HST's are just so versatile!


  2. Don't you just love how the universe helps us along sometimes by providing solutions to life's little questions?;) Have fun!!
    Happy Quilting!!

  3. Looking good! It looks like a great way to make HSTs - similar to what I do, but I just draw an X and "try" to sew 1/4" from the line. I think having a line to sew on is a good idea.

  4. I've used that method but bought a heat-transfer pencil and drew it on paper, then ironed it onto the fabric. But that was years ago - before thangles and Anglers and all the new fangled stuff... I can't wait to see what these become!

  5. The stars aligned and brought you a solution. The paper must definitely stabilise the seams. I'd like to try that method. Lovely batik prints too.


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