I posted a question regarding this earlier and it was suggested that I would have more response if I changed my subject line. I didn't know how to edit it, so I posted a new question.
Has anyone use the Triangulation system to make Flying Geese and half square traingles? If you have please let me know what you thought.
/// lost my message... I have used both paper methods and both give you a nice product.
But I still prefer the oldfashioned way of making geese, sewing squares to rectangles and sewing squares together with 2 seams and cutting them apart. I have the Lazy Girl Template and Those from E Burns, i use Burns most for squaring up ... I am too lazy to do all that pinning, sewing tearing and have all that mess left over, I just want to get them made - to me, all those extra steps and time used is no savings over the moment it takes to square up later.
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I have an older version of Triangulations without the geese and I love it! If you are making a quilt that has a lot of HST's it is the way to go as far as I can see. I print on cheap dollar store scribble pads, they rip off easily. It is mindless sewing to sew them, then I cut them apart and pull the papers while I'm watching TV at night. I love how every single HST is perfect!~ no squaring up!
I used the 1/2" half-squares for my mother's quilt. They worked fine and very exact pieces came out of it. Just shorten your stitch and you should be fine.
Just remember, you get out what you put into your work. It's worth the extra time for those special quilts!
Just be sure to make a sample. I used it once and though it said it was the right size it was just off enough to be a problem. I use a WOF strip for HST's -- mark off squares and diagonal and double seam. Prep is slow, but I prefer this method over Traingulations. Good luck. Still use 2 squares onto rectangle for Flying Geese. Sometimes works -- sometimes not. Still learning.
I have triangulations. I have not used it alot, but it does definitely have its place. When I need to make lots of small HST's (all the same coloration) it is great, both for speed and accuracy. You can print whole sheets of the units and then cut the sheets to smaller sizes if you don't want to make a full sheet of the same. Save the ones you don't use and make them later for another project. For the most part right now I love the Eleanor Burns triangle square up ruler to make HST's and QST's. This ruler is very handy to square up oversized units that you have sewn (if you don't want to make 8 of the same HST's you can make one or as many as you like oversized and then use the ruler to trim). QST units are also made with the triangle square-up ruler. I also make flying geese units using more than one method depending on how big my scraps are and how many of the same type units I need. I love to use the EBurns rulers for final squaring of these units even if I don't use the ruler to construct them first. DRAWBACK: Eleanore Burns rulers do not have the odd sizes that are difficult to cut and square-up. These odd sizes are often needed for sampler quilts.
With all of this said, I still own triangulations version 2 and 3.0. Why? Many of the smaller blocks and even some of the larger ones have "odd" measurements (like 5/16) that are very hard to accurately cut and the newest version (3.0) has QST in 1/8 inch increments, HST to 1/16 inch increments AND geese in 1/4 inch increments. These small HST increments and geese were NOT available on version 2 which I bought before the new one. Believe it or not, I saw one shop (JUNE of this year) still selling the OLD 2.0 version instead of the current version!
Lesson: If you want to buy triangulations be sure to buy version 3.0 which has everything currently available!
I have an older version but use it whenever I need to have multiples. I have also been know to make a "sheet" of whatever size I need - take out the number I want and set the others aside for another project. Very quick and so accurate without having to do the square up process. I just got triangles on a roll for those times when I only need a few just to try....
I think it's another of those things where different people prefer different techniques for a variety of reasons. Personally I don't like paper piecing. I've tried it a few times but I'm just a cut and sew kind of gal. So I say try it - see if YOU like it. This message has been edited. Last edited by: Bozie,
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and help.
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