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Sassy Tip-106

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Sassy tip #106:

Trimming Half Square Triangles!

I recently was at a quilt retreat and shared these tips that I use to make speedy work of trimming half square triangles…

This ruler right here is a life saver!

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•With this ruler you are trimming two sides of the triangle at one time!

You just line up your stitched line with the size HST you are looking for and zip zip.

•Now the next step is how to get those dog ears off of there!

I use a cut diamond as my mental reference…

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You want to cut the corners of your HST in like the top of a diamond looks. Once again… trimming half square triangles before opening and pressing is doing two sides at once!


You can free hand this with your rotary cutter…. just don’t cut your stitches!

Happy Quilting my fellow Sassies!

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Star Surround- Flying Geese


This weeks homework for the Star Surround Quilt Along, with Melissa@Happy Quilting, was Flying Geese and lots of them. She has a great tutorial for making the flying geese units. There are several ways to make a flying geese unit, three that I know of. I had heard of this method, but had never tried it. I have to say it may be a favorite. Making them seemed to wiz by.


I even got to try out a special tool I bought for squaring up these things. I got it at a quilt show I went to in February. It is called a Bloc-Loc Flying Geese Ruler. There are channels that the quarter-inch seams fit snugly into, this “locks” the unit into the ruler(no slipping at all!) and you can just zip your rotary cutter around it. It eliminates the time spent on each unit lining up the tip of the goose to make sure you have a quarter-inch seam area, making sure all other sides are correct and then doing it again for the opposite sides. I give this product an A+++.

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Last weeks homework was half square triangles and I also have a Bloc-Loc Ruler for half square triangles. This ruler works well for multiple sized units, so you still have to line up some numbers, but not the center on the diagonal seam. The flying geese ruler is only for units 2 x 4, which is the most used sized unit. They sell all kinds of these, so check them out: www.blocloc.com.



Don’t forget Melissa has a Flickr group for sharing your progress and maybe even winning some prizes if you link up! I also have an open  Flickr group for all my own bloggy friends following along just so I don’t lose track of you:)

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