| Half square
triangles (HSTs) can be difficult to sew because the diagonal seam,
sewn corner to corner is on the bias. The resulting square
can become distorted [ i.e., not square] if this seam is even slightly
stretched out of shape during the sewing and pressing process.
are papers which stabilize the bias seam while
stitching & pressing and have the additional benefit of showing
you where to sew and cut.
THANGLES the math is simple....just add
1/2" [two 1/4" seam allowances] to the desired finished size and cut
your strips that size. For example, if you want a 1 inch
finished HST, you cut 1-1/2" strips and use THANGLES.
It is as easy as making squares because you use the same easy
math. Add 1/2" to your desired finished size and cut the
strips to that width.
revolutionary nature of THANGLES is easy to see if
you consider how it SPEEDS up and SIMPLIFIES
the cutting process for a quilt block that is made of squares and half
are available in 16 sizes -
1/2" to 6"
We've made it easy with our
"Gotta Have Them All" assortment.
here for details on
how to order.
When using Thangles, cut fabric strips 1/2"
larger than the finished size of the HST unit. Layer two
sides together, lay paper strip on top, pin together. Then
you stitch on
the dotted lines, cut apart on the solid lines.
Finger press the paper open. With an
iron, press the fabric to match the paper.
Trim off the extended "dog ear".
Pinch the seam allowance near the center of the
seam, hold on to the paper triangle and with a "snap" the paper easily
cost just $5 a package, which is a bargain when you consider
how many each package makes and how much time you'll save in drawing