Thursday, January 26, 2012

Half-Triangle Tip

I wish I remembered where I read this, heard this, saw this...

We all know the trick about making two half-square triangles. Sandwich two squares, right-sides together, draw a diagonal line, and the sew two quarter-inch seams (using the inked line as a guide).

 Now comes the trick. Pressing the blocks open. 

Normally you cut the unit in half, along the inked line, and press open. But, with the bias seams, those squares can stretch out of shape and get wonky.

Instead, press FIRST...

...and THEN cut them apart.

 Pretty nice, eh?

 Happy Stitching!


  1. Yes, I do that too. It's a great tip and I can't remember where I saw it but it sure helps!

  2. Oh, I do hope I can remember this when I ever decide I have time to do some quilting. I think I need to change my mind frame about this... if I wait until I feel I have time.... I'll never have time, will I?
    I am intrigued by the idea of sewing a mystery quilt along with others. Do you know of any 'beginner' mystery quilt blogs or web sites?

  3. Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try it.


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