Sunday, June 04, 2006

Triangulations CD

This could easily become my favorite quilty gadget! I was worried about accurately doing all these little half square triangles for a block swap I'm in with two friends. We're making the Lori Smith pattern, "Quilt Block Sampler." We're each making a third of the blocks, and making three of each one. Mar and Deb are both fabulous piecers. I forget that sometimes less is more on seam allowances when there are a lot of seams in an 8" block like this one. :)

I remembered that I had the Triangulations 2.0 CD by Bear Paw Productions. I had only used it once before for HSTs on a round robin top a year ago. I pulled it out last night, and made up these HSTs very quickly and accurately. What I like about this program is that you can print paper foundation pages from 3/4" finished size all the way up to 7.5" - in 1/8" increments. Obviously I don't use this a lot, but on these small HST-intensive blocks, I'm glad I remembered I had it.

Yesterday I spent catching up on swap blocks. Just one more of this one to put together today, and then I can move on to my Christmas project. I changed my mind last night about the quilt pattern for my niece. Well, I think I changed my mind. I'm worried about having enough border fabric. I've had this fabric for almost five years, tucked away for her quilt. Just need to ponder this some more! LOL.

Since I didn't leave the house yesterday, today is definitely market day and a trip to the quilt shop to see Jane.

My gratitude today is the sunshine streaming through the windows - reminding me that I need to dust!


Linda_J said...

You would recommend the software then, Vicky? I have seen it advertised, of course, but still have a far amount of Thangles and Triangles on a roll on hand.

Vicky said...

Yes, I would. You always have whatever size you need right at hand and ready to print off.

JudyL said...

Vicky, I've never used the triangulations CD. I might have to try it. Thanks!

Judy L.

ForestJane said...

I like paperpiecing hsts too, but I draw my own in corel, and use copy/paste to squinch them all up next to each other so I can sew them without stopping. :)

Patti said...

The block looks great Vicky, well done! I've not used that program. I still like pressing my approximate size half square triangle squares open and then trimming to exact size. I always seem to distort them if I press them last - no matter how careful I try to be.

Dawn said...

I just bought that cd in Paducah this year and I love it! I"ve already used it a TON - especially for those really off size HST I need to make!