Setting and re-setting your ruler can take valuable seconds, especially when you’re doing it hundreds of times. Whether you’re cutting HSTs or trimming off corners of a snowball blocks, this method lets you make a few cuts in one fell swoop.
- Line up (up to) four sets of blocks to trim.
- Lay the seam line along a gridline on your cutting mat, overlapping them.
- Set your ruler on top of them, adding a quarter inch from the seam.
- Using a sharp rotary blade, cut all four at once.
You’ll shave off a few seconds/minutes and use your precious sewing time a bit more efficiently.
Never thought of doing that. Must remember that.
I love HST projects but there is no really quick way of making them. I tried all the methods but the best remains the paper sheets you can print yourself off the Triangulations DVD from quilter Brenda Henning. Depending on the size you are working with you can make lots at a time, accurately (although I wish she had a wonky version too!). You can try a sample sheet: https://www.bearpawproductions.com/userfiles/file/Half%20Square%20Sample%20Grid.pdf
Ah, yes! I’ve seen these sheets but have not yet tried them. Thanks for the tip!