When I’m writing a pattern for publication, instructions for half square triangles are written to cut the squares 7/8″ larger than the finished size of the HST. If I’m doing half square triangles for my own project, using this method, I cut my squares 1″ larger and trim them down.
Half square triangles (and lots of them) seem to make their way into almost every quilt I make. A while back, I wrote a blog post about making half square triangles. Michele from Quilting Gallery suggested I try Triangulations for quarter square triangles. That has changed the way I make quarter square triangles. Unbelievably easy and perfect!! Really perfect! I love the Triangulations software so much, I’ve added it for sale on my website. I am really sold on this technique.
In the next stash project, there are lots of flying geese. No half square triangles though! Since there are many flying geese and some are larger than average, I didn’t want to waste a lot of fabric, even though I’d end up with a bunch of half square triangles from the ends I cut off the flying geese, I went with the “no waste” method.
Patti Anderson has a great tutorial for making flying geese using this method. Please review her method and if you’re going to do the next stash project, try it and see what you think. I’ve made a whole stack of flying geese using this method and they’ve all come out totally perfect and pretty darned quick!