My newest quilt uses lots and lots of HST's. I got one block finished and was frustrated by how stretchy the fabric was. So I decided to use Triangles on a Roll. I set my stitch length shorter, placed the dark fabric on the bottom, stitched and cut them apart. BUT I didn't remove the paper. I pressed them to the dark allowing the paper to stabilize it. Then I tore the paper off but NOT from the edge. Tear the paper to the center and then apart. It worked like a dream and I'm now ready to make dozens more and they'll be perfect! Even if I were to use my own paper I could see the same method used to keep the fabric from stretching.
I know I saw these hints somewhere and hope I'm not repeating a post from some bright quilter here. EvelynThis message has been edited. Last edited by: EvelynB,
At guild they gave us 1/2" strips of graph paper to lay on a square as a guide for stitching along the diagonal instead of drawing a line. I thought it was silly so never tried it. But I bet it would also stabilize when you press then tear it off.
I usually just draw a line across the diagonal of 2 squares and stitch on either side. Easy peasy. But when I need dozens or hundreds the paper is nice and mindless. The impressive, helpful part was stabilizing the stretchy fabric. A post-it note might do it too. LOL