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Date: 1/21/13 12:17 PM

I saw this cute snake quilt. The instructions show the measurements to cut the half square triangle for the snake using the company's product. However, how can I translate this pattern using the traditional method of making half square triangles? Should I start with a 4 " square to make a 3" finished half square triangle?

http://www.trianglesonaroll.com/snakes.aspx

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Date: 1/21/13 2:44 PM

3 7/8.

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Date: 1/24/13 3:07 AM

My book says that for 0,5 cm seams the sides of the square you cut will need to be the finished size of the triangle + 1,75 cm.
Inches make no sense to me (and cm might not to you) but you can measure it yourself by drawing two triangles of the desired size on a paper, trace around them at the distance of your seam with, put them together in a square and measure the sides.

Not sure if I'm making sense here, but I can try making a picture if its not entirely clear.

edit: also, thats a really cute idea for a quilt!

edit2: also, google tells me to add 1 inch http://aboutneedlework.com/quick-cutting-fabric-for-quilting.html the picutre there also sort of shows what I was trying to explain
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Date: 1/24/13 7:55 AM

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Should I start with a 4 " square to make a 3" finished half square triangle?
Yes. You can always trim it down. The extra 1/8" or so gives you some "wiggle room". I do this with all my students in class, whether they are making 2" HST's or 14" ones. It got too confusing with them for the 7/8" inch extra, so I told them to round it up to 1".

Edited to add: All the books say 7/8", as Saya recommended, but when you're trying to get the point across as to "finished" or "unfinished" with older students, you go around in different ways. That's why I decided to round everything up to 1" and then cut it down.
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Date: 1/24/13 4:43 PM

To tell you the truth I use this product all the time and I really like it. I have no affiliation but I find that these triangles keep me accurate and I have less waste.

They do add a small amount of cost to each project and unfortunately the price of the rolls just went up. But quilting is not always the cheapest of activities.

ETA: Please understand that I am not trying to tell you what to do. Everyone works differently and has different needs. I really like these, but probably other people don't. Some people prefer Thangles. Other people probably don't want any aids and just cut from strips or blocks. To each her/his own.


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