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.
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.
The No-Hassle Triangles Gauge gives the block and the cutting sizes.
Reference the left side of the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to select a half-square block size.
Cut crosswise strips of two fabrics—the size is printed on the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. Cut strips into squares.
Lay No-Hassle Triangles Gauge onto squares to double-check block size.
Mark a center diagonal line through No-Hassle Triangles Gauge die cut openings.
Reference the right side of the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to select a quarter-square block size.
Mark center diagonal line through the die cut openings on the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.
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.
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!
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.
Bye for now,