Thursday, January 13, 2011

Now Why Didn't I think Of That?

I found this amazing idea for half square triangles by the Missouri Star Quilt Company on Youtube. I thought I would do it to make sure it really works and see how accurate this is......

First take two charm squares.

Stack them up, right sides together.

Sew a 1/4" all around the outside edge. I started on a side but now realize I should have started in a corner, but it doesn't make that much difference.

It will look like can see my little wobble on the left hand corner...

Use your rotary cutter and ruler and cut from corner to corner.

Flip them open and voila! you have perfect half square triangles.....One note of caution, the edges are on the bias. It is most important to PRESS not IRON your finished square. This is a cool idea and I will use it in the future.

If you measure a charm square they are a little bit over 5", as you can see in this picture. If you cut your own charm squares exactly 5" you will get an exact 2 1/2 " finished square. My friend Terry just emailed me and said, if you cut your own  on the bias they would turn out with the edges on the straight of grain.....another good reason for friends!
I am just a little slow on the uptake or have you heard of this technique before? Isn't it always the simple things that amaze us?
Or maybe it is just me!!



  1. First I've heard of this technique Kelly. Thanks for posting!!

  2. Marsha McCloskey has a method of joining several bias strips before cutting the squares. I'm pretty sure she wrote a book about it with directions to get different sizes.

  3. I've seen it before but discounted b/c of bias. Never would have thought of cutting 5" square on bias as a first step. I love smart people!

    Thanks, Jan

    1. WOW!!! Thank You for this wonderful, scathingly Brilliant information!!!! NEVER thought of cutting on the bias!!!! Thank You again!!! And Again!!! Mollie

  4. I happened to see the video the other day and thought it was pretty cool but I don't like that it's on bias. Cutting bias squares first is brilliant.

  5. I love this idea and will try it soon, will be cutting mine on the bias. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  6. I love this Kelly! I just bought a new stack of charms and was wondering what to make. Now you just got me started thinking some more :) the wheels are turning!

  7. starching takes care of the bias problem. i do this all the time now.

  8. I saw Jenny Doan do it on a YouTube tutorial and thought it was the best thing ever!

  9. Oh, great tip! I haven't seen this before, but it's so clever. I know I will use this idea.


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