Follow Us on our Patchwork Quilts Facebook page.  
 The weekly newsletters from Patchwork Quilts are wonderful!
Sign up for our Newsletter
& receive a FREE Pattern today!

Enter Email Address:

Half-Square Triangles

by Claudia on April 30, 2014

"Bears in the Bitterroot" is our Patchwork Quilts block for the 2014 Big Sky Shop Hop and we have had a lot of very positive feedback.  Another name for this block is Carpenter's Frame.  I found this interesting information on Block Fab HD, a free app that I downloaded onto my IPad.

This particular block is an 8x8 grid and has 36 (yes that is 36) half-square triangles...for one block!  I was required to make a block and send it to each of the shops in our circle, but I was behind schedule.  Normally I cut squares measuring one-inch larger than the finished square and sew ¼-inch on each side of the dangle, cut apart, and square it up to the precise size.  I was telling Marilyn (well maybe whining) what I needed to do and she suggested I use the Strip Tube Ruler.  She told me how much faster it was than any other method.  I was skeptical, but in a hurry.  WOW, OH WOW - how cool it was.  I made fast perfect half-square triangles in half the time!  I plan on using this wonderful ruler whenever possible for my projects.

This ruler makes half square triangles a breeze by combining brilliant engineering with "the tube technique."  It's perfect to use with strips and even includes directions to make our favorite block from 2½" strips: The Daniela Block.  With this great gadget, you can easily make accurate half square triangles from 1" to 9½"!

Stop in to Patchwork Quilts and see a demo on how to use this cool new ruler.  It will truly change your life.