We have been busy here at the shop creating finishing kits and blocks for this years shop hops. The hardest part is always, you know that word a lot of us try to avoid, math!! What if you had a handy set of numbers to use for your calculations? Using our hand held devices, such as phones, tablets or even a pencil, and some quick measurements we can create masterpieces.
So what numbers do we need?
Let's talk half square triangles.
We all use them in all sorts of fantastic ways. They are probably the most versatile building tool we all can master. But when we design our own blocks how big do we cut the squares to use for the traditional method of half square triangle creation?
Just add 7/8 of an inch to the size you want the triangle to finish.
If you are using a calculator you can just use .875 as the number to add.
For example: If you want the half square triangle to be a finished 1 inch in your quilt cut your squares 1 7/8.
If you want one to finish 1 1/2 inches then just add 1.5 + .875= 2.37. This then converts to 2 3/8 for the cut size.
Here's a helpful fraction conversion chart for when you use those pesky fractions on your device:
How about quarter square triangles?
This time you just add 1 1/4 inches to each finished size.
So if you want 1 inch finished quarter square triangles you cut 2 1/4 squares.
Now how about setting triangles? Those wonderful side triangles and corner triangles to make beautiful on point quilts.
Side/ Setting Triangles
Take the finished size of your block and divide by 1.414. Round this number up to match a common number found on most rulers. Then add 1 1/4 to that number. Cut a square of fabric the number you just calculated and cut on both diagonals to get the side triangles. Yields 4 side triangles.
Take the finished size of your block and divide by 1.414 just like the side triangles. Round up. Then add 7/8 to that number. Cut a square of fabric the number you just calculated and cut on one diagonal. Yields 2 corner triangles.
So now the question is what quilt will you design with your new found knowledge?
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