Still waiting for my sewing machine to come back from the shop. I don't want to work on the Halloween Bounce borders until I get it back, so I have not been doing much sewing. Tuesday I had the day off and didn't want to waste it by not sewing, so I got out my Single Wedding Ring blocks which I thought I could piece on my back-up Janome.
When I first started making these blocks I used triangle papers. The blocks were coming out ok, but I got really bored with having to rip off those papers and trimming up the half square triangles. Each of those Single Wedding Ring blocks has sixteen half square triangles, so I was feeling bored and bogged down using the triangle papers. I decided to switch things up mid-project and got out my Easy Angle Ruler. I really need to use that more often.
The method is so darn simple, really. For my blocks I cut 2 1/2 inch strips (two hst fabrics right sides together) and then used the Easy Angle Ruler to cut out my triangles.
It really is the easiest method of making accurate half square triangles that don't even need to be trimmed, they are so perfect.
I also started pressing my seams open, which made things lie much flatter and go together nicer. Another technique I need to do more regularly.
Honestly, using the Easy Angle ruler vs using those triangle papers cut the block construction time in half, and the results are better.