No Hassle Triangles Nancy Zieman



Many of our favorite quilt blocks are made by assembling half-square and quarter-square triangles. But what size do you cut all those triangles to end up with a square and a straight quilt block? What if I told you I figured it out for you? Now you can create 2-1/2″, 3-1/2″, 4-1/2″, 5-1/2″ and 6-1/2″ half-square and quarter-square triangles from squares. That’s right, there’s no hassle and no need to cut a single triangle! The measurements are printed on the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge that I designed for Clover.


Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover Needlecraft



Slide the gauge to the desired setting. The gauge locks into place to assure accuracy. Reference the left side of the gauge for half-squares and the right side of the gauge for quarter-squares.


Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge makes easy half squares and quarter squares



The No-Hassle Triangles Gauge gives the block and the cutting sizes.
Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge in Use by Clover



Half-Square Triangles

Reference the left side of the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to select a half-square block size. 
Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover Left Side IMG_4158



Cut crosswise strips of two fabrics—the size is printed on the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. Cut strips into squares.


Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4203



Lay No-Hassle Triangles Gauge onto squares to double-check block size.

Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4137



Mark a center diagonal line through No-Hassle Triangles Gauge die cut openings.  
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Stitch a scant 1/4″ from each side of center. 
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Cut along the center diagonal line. 
Nancy Zieman No-Hassle Triangle Gauge from Clover IMG_4988



Presto, there are now two accurate half-square triangles!
Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4152



Quarter-Square Triangles

Reference the right side of the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to select a quarter-square block size. 
Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4178



Cut strips the size printed on the gauge. Then cut into squares. 
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Mark center diagonal line through the die cut openings on the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.


Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4164



Stitch a scant 1/4″ from each side of center. 
Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4168



Cut along center. 
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Stack two half-square triangles, meeting opposite colors. 
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Slide the gauge to the half-square triangle marking on the left side. Double check that the block fits within the gauge perimeters. Mark center diagonal line through die cut openings.


Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4187



Cut along center marking.


Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4215



This time, you’ll have two accurate quarter-square triangles! Using the gauge guarantees that the sizes of the half-square and quarter-square triangles are compatible in a quilt design!


Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4217



Nancy Zieman's GiveawayFor a chance to win a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge from Clover, please leave a comment below.


Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge in Package by Clover



Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of my favorite shears, the Bordeaux Shears from Clover Needlecraft, is Sonja Hansen. Her comment was, What memories that book invokes. I still have mine and although it is no longer my “bible,” I can’t seem to part with it. I think that book gave me my love for exactness in my sewing. It taught me that my garments didn’t have to look “homemade.” I must blame my Vogue book for the many, many books that have followed in my quest to learn “one more” technique or hint, including so many of yours. Thanks.

Nancy Zieman's Bordeaux Shears

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