If you eliminate 2 steps in squaring a half square triangle, will you save time? Of course you will!
Then what if you eliminate 3 steps and just cut once to square?
Recently, I was given a pile of triangles.
I normally make my half square triangles (HSTs)
in another way.
Looking back over my Quilt Blocks page
I found these techniques for makine HSTs @
I would check the squares on all four sides,
and sometimes have to trim all four sides.
That's FOUR steps!
(for my wish list)
I saw a ruler made to square half square triangles by using the bias line of the square.
I found 2 of my smaller square rulers have this line.
I didn't have a right square triangle ruler which might would work as well?
So I gave both of these a try.
No rotating around.
in assembly line fashion.
I found due to the small size of 2½ inches,
I was able to hold the ruler on the bias stitched line
and trim with my clippers
around the 2 edges, if needed.
Because, I DISCOVERED
Most of the time I could align the stitching line
on the bias line
line up the upper edge so
all I needed was
to trim ONE side!
Dad always said,
"You spend more time finding a faster way."