Thanks to all of you who gave me such great suggestions for making the paper piecing of Half Square Triangle units easier. I have tried shortening my stitch length and that made a big difference. Now I need some larger needles! I will try out some of the other ideas for ripping the paper off and see how I do.
Here is a little tip I can can pass along in return. I love my Precision Trimmer ruler. I use it for my non paper pieced half square triangles.
If your block units are accurate, your blocks will go together like a dream!
Here is a picture of the ruler. I know it looks upside down, but this is the orientation for the way I use it. See the diagonal lines? See the solid lines and the measurement notations?
This is how you use it when making Hour Glass units.
The diagonal markings have a little circle that you line up exactly dead center, where all your points come together. In an ideal world, the dotted diagonal lines also will line up with your seam lines.
Trim the right side and the top, move your block around and reposition the ruler to trim the other two sides.
Have a lovely day everyone!