For the Carly QAL, you are going to be trimming a
lot few half square triangles. There are so many different ways to trim HSTs and you should do whatever way works best for you. I have tried most of the methods over the years and have my personal preferences, but I will list some of the options here.
For the past several years, I have used option number one - just a square ruler with a diagonal line. A few months ago, I discovered that I could use my Stripology XL ruler to trim squares and found that I got significantly better results with this method. Since that ruler is quite large, I then bought a smaller QuiltCut ruler. But then I discovered that they make an even smaller ruler and I have ordered that one and it is supposed to be delivered today - I will report back on how that goes.
Listed below are several different rulers that use all kinds of different methods. If you are not happy with how your HSTs are turning out, I suggest looking into these to see if there is one that you prefer.
- Square ruler (this is my favorite) - Creative Grids 6.5" square
- Slotted ruler - Stripology XL, QuiltCut 14.5", QuiltCut 8.5"
- Bloc-Loc Ruler
- Quilt in a Day Ruler
- Creative Grids HST Ruler
- June Tailor Slotted Ruler
- Half Square Triangle Paper
This week on Instagram, I shared a video of me trimming HSTs a couple of different ways. You can watch that here.
It may seem like a lot of HSTs to trim, but break it up into little stacks of blocks and trim just a few at a time. I am making 2 quilts so I have twice as many to trim as you do! I'm excited to see your quilts start to come together. Next week we will start piecing our blocks.