Connie loves making triangle squares with Thangles and we always use them if we sew together on a project because they produce such an accurate triangle square and our pieces always match in size. In this project we want 4 triangle squares that are matching and the finished size in the quilt is 1-1/2″ so I’m using 1.5 Thangles. There are 3 sets on each strip and I’m going to cut one set off so I’ll end up with just 4 matching TS.
Layer two pieces of fabric together, light and dark RST, don’t worry too much about the size of the scrap. (Pictures loaded in reverse – ugh! ). Lay the 4 Thangles paper on top. Pin in place.
Reduce the stitch length on your machine and stitch on the dotted lines.
Cut out TS and on solid lines.
Tear off paper and press. You have 4 perfect triangle squares.
If you prefer to overcut and then trim your TS to the correct size, that is fine. If I wanted to do this fast, I would simply cut 2-3/8″ squares, cut in half diagonally and pair up one light and one dark triangle and sew them together. However you want to do it is up to you but you will need to end up with 40 small blocks consisting of 4 triangle squares each as shown on p. 62.
Please do not cut your spacer squares at this time. We will want to measure our TS blocks first to determine the correct size for the 40 squares that are shown as red check.
Work on your triangle squares for the next week. I have not started mine either but will hope for another snow day soon.
I’ve already heard from Judy, one of the winners – waiting to hear from Kelly, Carol and Barbara.
Last night I saw the sew along and my “old” eyes saw Horney Triangles. I chuckled and wondered why the name. Today, I saw the I had read it incorrectly. Sometimes the print is too small. Hope my new glasses come soon.
Sandy, I did the same thing, had a good laugh at myself today!! In fact, I am still chuckling
I like the your idea of sewing the odd sizes of fabric together for the triangles and then trimming the sides before cutting. When I used the papers, I found that sometimes the tri-squares came out a bit smaller than should be probably because of the difference in fabrics. My aunt would say I was being too much of a perfectionist, but if you don’t start out with the right size…..
I like the Horney Triangles!! Ain’t life grand?
Yes, we all are so happy to read your posts and those from “our” friends all over the country. When I was in school I had pen pals from all over the world. Now this is almost as good. I also wonder what ever happened to the pen pals as they lived in countries where there have been wars and earthquakes.
I have a Kansas Troubles charm pack in my stash that I was thinking of using. But if I do, then I won’t be able to use Thangles; right? Maybe I’ll look for a jelly roll I can use instead???? Or just go out and (shudder) buy more fabric.
Bernadette – why not use the charm pack and cut 2-3/8″ squares?
Yes, I see you offered that as an option for those not using Thangles. Thx, Mary.
Primitive Gatherings sells wonderful triangle paper for charm squares.
I used a pile of leftover triagle squares from another project..reds and light tan set together with a red check. It is quilted and ready to bind tomorrow.
Sandy! Are you kidding? You’re already finished? Holy Smokes – I’d better get going!
Thangles! Of course! I have a packet of those… just may have to put them to use and give this quilt a try… going to order the book now… the way you present these quilts in your sew alongs makes it all seem so easy (and relaxingly enjoyable)! 🙂
I got the book right after it came out and now I can’t find it. My husband can’t find a couple things either so we are starting to think we have a ghost that moves things around. I’ll turn my office upside down, who knows, I may have “hidden” it. I’ll order another one if necessary then the first one will show up.
Martha – this sounds like our house! We lose things all the time!
Am I a winner or is it a different Barbara? I am pretty low tech, so not sure how I would know if it is me!
Barbara – I think you’re the only Barbara Russell so send your address to my email – email@example.com — and I will send your book! Congratulations!
Ratna – Thangles are papers to layer on top of your fabric that create very accurate triangle squares. Google Thangles.
So enjoy hearing about your day to day life-I really miss it when you don’t post. Love the projects and “mini”lessons. Keep doing what you do-we love it!