Quilt-Uber-Fest Day 1

The Quilt-Uber-Fest started today:

The first block was by Quilt Dad.  I wasn’t going to do it.  Don’t I have enough going on right now???
Evidently not — here’s my Taking Flight Block!
It “flew” together!  Which reminded me — here’s a fun way to square up half square triangles some of you may not have seen.
I have just drawn a diagonal line down the back of one 4″ square, put it with another 4″ square with right sides together, sewn 1/4″ on both sides of the line, and cut on the line.  That is a typical way of making half square triangles.
Now to square up.  I am squaring this one up to 3 1/2.”  In the picture, I have lined up my triangle with the ruler in two places:  1) the diagonal line of the ruler is on my seam, and 2) the 3 1/2″ mark is along one side of the triangle.  Then I trim one side.  Then, I am done.  That’s it!

When I press the triangle open, I have one 3 1/2″ half square triangle block! 
Give it a try sometime!


  1. Staci
    October 2, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Oh my goodness! Aren’t you the clever girl?
    I’ll be trying this very very soon!

  2. Kritta22
    October 2, 2011 at 3:11 am

    I’m so trying this when I get home! That will come in handy!

  3. Leah
    October 2, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Clever! I am going to remember this for the next time I need to size my half square triangles. Thanks!!

  4. Jane
    October 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

    That makes too much sense, which explains why I’ve never done it that way, I guess!

  5. Anonymous
    October 3, 2011 at 2:00 am

    OMG! What a time saver. Thanks so much for sharing this great tip.

  6. Rosa
    October 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the tip.Sure I`ll try it.