I love making quilts. I love selecting fabrics. I love the sound the rotary cutter makes when it slices through layers of fabric. I love the hum of the sewing machine. I love dropping the feed dogs and quilting the layers together with 'squiggles.' I love watching my kiddos snuggle under quilts that I made. And I love instant gratification!
The triangle square is my favorite block to work with because it can be arranged in many different wonderful configurations. What I don't love is working with the bias edge and triangle points that are constantly being sucked into the throat plate of my machine. So I always piece my triangles using squares. Using squares makes the piecing fast, accurate, and eliminates working with bias edges and points. (This method is by no means unique - it can be found in many books as well as on-line.)
This is how I piece my triangles:
First cut contrasting fabric into squares (these are 6.5 inch squares & will yield 5.5" triangle units)
Next select one square from each stack and place them right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one square. I use a regular #2 pencil and a ruler to do this. (I used red here for demo)
To save time, I mark and pin up to fifty squares at once.
Line up the left edge of the sewing machine foot with the pencil line and sew the squares together using the chain piecing method illustrated in the next photo.
Do not cut the thread after each square. I often chain piece 20-30 squares before I stop and cut the threads connecting them - this saves a lot of time and thread.
Then flip the squares around, line up the edge of the sewing machine foot with the pencil line and sew a quarter inch seam on the opposite side of the pencil line. Each square will make two triangle square units.
Next, cut the squares apart on the pencil line to make two triangle units.
Press each triangle unit open.
Use scissors to trim the dog ears of the seam allowance. And viola, perfect triangle squares! Easy-peasy!
I hope this inspires you to try these.
Have a terrific weekend!