Still lots of time left…no worries…right?
Day 11 is Triangle Papers…with so many people who do not know the value of triangle paper…this post is for you…
There are two types of quilters…those who know about triangle papers and use them and then those who don’t know how much better their quilting lives would be if they knew about and used triangle paper…
First off using triangle paper is NOT paper piecing…I do not care to make a whole block and then rip the paper off the whole block…I get that this is an accurate way to do very complicated blocks sometimes…but I do not care to do it..
Triangle papers aide you in making perfect HSTs and then the paper comes off and you stitch your triangles into blocks, borders and so on…
Slowly.. I have been turning quilters “on” to using triangle papers…how many of you never used them before the Magic of Christmas blocks?
Its real simple- watch……you need a light & dark fabric- I’m using 2 light and 2 dark charm squares to make a 4″ finished block using 1″ HST papers…I can make the same block using only one light and dark charm if I use the 1/2″ and 3/4″ HST papers…and yes…thats a mini charm next to the 2″ finished block.
Starch both your fabrics completely wet-let them dry naturally-I hang them so they dry faster…
Lay them right sides together- light fabric on top.
Trim and lay triangle paper on top of light fabric
Shorten your stitch length on your machine…I usually stitch at 2…I’m moving to 1
Cut apart on all the solid lines.
Lay the triangles on the ironing board with the dark triangle up…press all the triangles to the dark fabric.
Grab the short side of the triangle paper with your left thumb and then push up and rip the triangle paper grabbing from the middle of the paper triangle close to the seam and pull. This is if your right handed.
Now you can cut the dog ears off…but look how little they are (on 1/2″ and 3/4″shown below in brown) they are not 1/4″ dog ear…more like an 1/8″…I usually leave them on…when they are this small…in the bigger size triangle paper they are larger and I will cut them off, as shown here
Now they are ready… I stitch them into a block!
It really doesn’t get easier…This method is so much more accurate/faster than any of the traditional methods of making HSTs if you have to make lots of them. When doing the MOC blocks I tried one block with and one without…it was so much nicer and my blocks were so much more accurate this way…This blocks comes out to a perfect 4 1/2″…unfinished.
Now the Triangle papers come…two ways…
In sheets…you can stitch the whole sheet OR you can cut a strip or however many you need for your project. We have them from in 1/4″ increments ranging from 1/2″ all the way up to 2 1/2″ and also two VARIETY packs…one with the smaller sizes and one with the larger sizes.
I will list a few of the details…from the sheets
A sheet of the 1/2″ makes 84 HSTs and 1 strips makes 14
A sheet of the 3/4″ makes 60 and 1 strip makes 12
A sheet of the 1″ makes 40 and 1 strip makes 10
A sheet of 1 1/4″ makes 56…they come on full size 11×17 sheets, once you get over an inch.
A sheet of 2″ makes 30 per sheet…
They also come in CHARM configurations in 5 sizes…1/2″ 3/4″ 1″ and 1 1/2″. You would use two charm square and place the paper on the light…stitch all the dashes and cut apart on all the solids…The Charms also come in a Variety pack as the 5th size.
The 1/2″ and 3/4″ make 18 HSTs per sheet using 2-charms squares
The 1″ and 1 1/2″ make 8 HSTs per sheet using 2- charm squares
Just to give you some info…
The only thing you cannot do with the triangle papers is to COPY them..they must be a first generation print from a printer and NOT a COPY…trust me they will not be correct…some will be small… some will be big…some say well if they are big I can cut them down? Really? that’s wasting so much time is unreal….You don’t want to trim your HST ever!!! Such a waste of time…make them the right size from the start…There are a couple of other Triangle Papers out there on the market…I do not like any of the ones for tiny triangles 1″and smaller…ours are perfected and that is why I designed them…
Again… the possibilities are limitless…here is a 2″, 3″ and 4″ block all made fast & easy from triangle papers.
Here is the link to our website…to see all the Triangle Paper Options They are on sale…reg $7 & $8.00 for the Charms….sale $5.60 & $6.40…Sheets are $7-$10 reg…sale$5.60 and $8
Day 12 WINNERS!!! CONGRATULATIONS…PLEASE EMAIL AMY @ ahoefler.new.rr.com to claim your prize you have until 12-31-16
If you do not see your comment right away it because its in moderation…I have to approve some comments…but please be aware that I approve them all and then pick the winners…315 comments…not too bad…I think you can do better…
Barb Onken- Mini Wonder Clips
December 13, 2016 at 10:04 pm
I have most of my gifts wrapped and only need some stocking staffers to buy. Highly unlike me. Wondering if I am forgetting something but enjoying being ahead for a change.
carol shannon-Regular Wonder Clip
December 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm
My shopping is all done for this year. I have one present left to wrap then I can begin my other projects. Merry Christmas everyone.
Diane-Jumbo Wonder Clips
December 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm
My daughter told me this week that “I’m kinda getting bad at the Santa thing”. She knows she’s getting a smart TV for Christmas but she was home from college and saw it in my bedroom unwrapped. I didn’t make it a point to hide it. I gave her a look as if to ask “problem?” then she said “I really like it though!” It’s not what I thought I was getting. The kids (3 of them) have gotten older and it’s hard to surprise them with things they’ll like. They tend to like the bigger gifts and when you’re spending that much it’s important to get the right model etc. With that said I only have a few more things to get. All gifts still need to be wrapped and some decorating still needs to be done. In my defense we just got a new puppy 3 weeks ago. He’s a Pomeranian and weighed just 1.6 lbs when we got him November 23rd. He’s taken a lot of my time! Not to mention I’m pretty sure he’ll unwrap any gifts I put under the tree. I haven’t even put the tree skirt under the tree yet for fear he’ll potty on it or chew on it.
I’m sorry this post is so late in the day…but it was a long over due hair appointment…and Jace was over until late afternoon…I want to post a pic of some of my decorating…but I am missing some things…like the curly willow I wanted to fill up these buckets..spray painted red?…It’s way too cold to make Nick go outside and cut some off our tree!
To win a whole set of triangle paper charms or triangle paper sheets…2 winners, …please comment if you have used the Triangle papers yet or not… or if you have a question regarding them that I did not answer in the post please comment!…winners will be picked tomorrow!!!
Baby… it’s cold outside here…time to snuggle in for the night!…LB
353 responses to “11 days until Christmas!!!”
I have not used triangle papers, but I know they came in with the freebies from your November special weekend. I also see they are needed for the MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS, which I probably won’t start until the spring. Sooooo…. I should go to each pattern page and find out what’s needed and order them! Unless someone out there already knows and could save a busy Christmas Elf a little time? Ho, ho, ho!
I have never used triangle papers but they look like they would make life a whole lot easier!!! I’d LOVE to give them a try!
Triangle papers are a great way o sew! I use them whenever I can.
I have used other brands for years, but have not tried yours. BUT…I have some here all ready to be stitched for the MOC blocks! Only a couple blocks til I’m finished! Woo hoo!!!
I have never used triangle papers but they look like they would make life much easier! I’d love to try them!!
I would love to win this set. I have never tried these. You make it look so easy. I say away from small sizes because they don’t come out right. Thanks, Nancy P.
I really like using the triangle papers. They are fun to use and they are so accurate, I have been using them for about 5 years now, love em.
I would love to try your triangle papers for small blocks!
I haven’t tried the triangle papers yet but would love to give them a try!
I sure would like to try these papers! I have never used them and the idea of trying something so small is very intriguing to me!! Merry Christmas!!
I have been hoarding triangle papers for a long time. I get them out and look at them occasionally, kind of pet them and admire them. Then I put them away. I’m going to use them soon. I’m sure of it.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Triangle paper! It’s SOOOOOOO EASY!!!!!!!!!
Yes! They do make life much easier!!
I did not know about copying them!!
I purchased the triangle papers at the International show last spring from Nick. I thought I would experiment and see if it would be a time saver. LOVE them for all the itty bitty HSTs. Waiting to see what necessities are in the other remaining 10 days before I stock up for this winter.
Hi Lisa, thanks for all the photos on how to sew these up. I have collected quite a few packs of your triangle papers, but have not gotten to sit and sew. Hopefully, the New Year will allow more sewing time for me!! I am a visual person, so the photos really help, and know I can do it now!!
I have used another brand but I like the way yours are laid out on the paper to use as whole sheet or cut apart. These would be wonderful if having to make lots so hst’s. Would love to try these.
I love triangle papers ! What a time saver and perfect HST s every time
I have used the triangle papers before. They work wonderfully!
I love, love, love Triangle Papers….Lisa introduced me to them several years ago at the National Quilt Show in Lakeland, Florida when I purchased a quilt kit at your booth. I have used them ever since for every quilt I make. The 1 inch is the smallest I have tried. I want to make some miniature quilts so have to order some of the 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch size. By the way, I really miss your booth at the Lakeland Show every year. I haven’t been the last two years because you weren’t there. Boo Hoo!
I haven’t tried them yet but sure would like to! After this Christmas I’m going to need some “easy accuracy”!
Would love to try these Triangle papers. I am a new quilter and this seems it would be so helpful and time saving. I love small quilt pieces and these triangle papers would be more accurate squares. Thanks for the pictures showing how to use these papers.
I have used them periodically but only when it is suggested. I usually make big and trim down or do what the directions say…cut 1 7/8 in half. I don’t like working with triangles and would use paper more if I knew what size I needed to use to substitute them for what size of triangle cut in half. Also never now what size to cut strips…I.e. size of paper or a bit smaller.
The first time I used them (and starch for that matter) was at the retreat in November! What an eye opening experience and my blocks were near perfect!
For you Monkees fans: …and I used this technique….now I’m a believer. 🎤🎧
I love triangle papers. I’ve been using them for several years. They are accurate, fast and fun to use. Thank you for taking the time to give such a detailed explanation with photos!!
I have used triangle papers once and loved the method. Looking forward to using them again.
These papers are the best!!! Been using them for about a year and could not have made the Magic of Christmas blocks without them! My blocks are all done but can’t decide what setting to finish with!!! Thank you for all you do Lisa!!
I haven’t tried the triangle papers. I don’t do a lot of quilts that require HST’s because they don’t turn out very well. So, maybe if I tried the papers, I will do more quilts with HST’s.
Yes I have used them & love them especially if I’m making several 1/2 squares the same color!
I’ve never used them but your tutorial sure makes me want to give it a go. I’ve tried your method of starching fabric before cutting and wow! does it ever make a difference when piecing!!
I love triangle papers. I’ve been using them for several years. They are accurate, fast and fun to use. Thank you for taking the time to give such a detailed explanation with photos!!
I’ve never used them but I need to. I have the magic of Christmas but haven’t started it because I know it won’t turn out right without them. Winning them would be cool!
I have never used them, but are placing an order right now!
I have used triangle papers but not your brand. Actually, I need some now so if I don’t win, I will be buying some of your papers..1
I love the triangle paper have used the 1/2″ hard to find a quilt shop that carries them
I’m using them now as I am finishing Words To Live By.
I use them all of the time and LOVE them too. Accuracy doesn’t get any better than these!
I ordered the triangle papers for MOC but have skipped those blocks until I have more time. Thanks for the instructions that answered some of my questions. I am saving this tutorial!
Love using them, but would be head over heels smitten to have the whole set!
I haven’t used triangle papers. I tend to make half square triangles bigger, then cut them down to size. Would like to try the triangle paper though!
I ordered them for the MOC blocks when you showed the before and after…wonderful….would love to have all sizes
Yes I have used your triangle papers and love them❣️ We were just talking about the preciseness of your triangle papers in quilt class and I was surprised how many quilters have not tried them. I’m sure we will have some converts in our class now :-).
I’ve used other triangle papers but not these that you have designed. I am especially interested in the charm size….what a great way to use some of the charm packs that I have collected. The cold air arrives here tonight. I just built a fire, the tree is decorated, now to get the presents wrapped!
I have not used triangle papers. In fact, I was just reseaching this very topic in one of my Facebook Group I belong to. I mentioned PG papers, and got various responses. One member said your papers were very good and recommended them. I had made my decision to purchase my first papers from you. Today’s post was very timely for me. Thank You for all your instructions! It is greatly appreciated,
Yes! I have used them many times! A whole set would be a wonderful gift!
I would love to try the papers. This might motivate me to make the harder quilts with lots of triangle detail. They have been scary before! Thanks for the chance to win.
I used to oversize HST’s and then cut them down, but you’re right, it seems like a waste of time when you can make them once with the triangle paper. I use them now all the time. Especially love and use your charm square size!
I see you press your triangles before you tear the papers off. I always tear my papers off before I press the triangles, and then I use steam. Do you use steam since the papers are on them?
I’ve used them before and absolutely love them. I am a perfectionist….and want the triangles to be all the same size….Merry Christmas,
I have used HST papers for the Rocky Mountain Puzzle SBOW 2012. I couldn’t believe
how easy they were to use and how perfect my HST,s turned out. These papers are my go to method now and I will never go back to piecing without them.
I have used them before and love them, need to get more sizes!!! Merry Christmas
I have two packages at home that I haven’t opened yet!
Love the accuracy of using the triangle papers. I just need to have a better stock of sizes!
I have used them and everything you say is true, a really great product.
I LOVE these triangle sheets and would love to try them! I need to learn how to select the correct triangle sizes for the patterns. I have never starched my fabrics before sewing… great tip! Does the starch need to be washed out at any point? Thanks for the 12 Days!!
I’m making a chart for you…and the starch can be washed out if/when using the quilt, but no it doesn’t have to be…starch is not made from cornstarch anymore…therefore this old issues we had with cornstarch are gone…
I have used the really old method of drawing my lines to make the half square triangles…. the papers look much more accurate😀😀
I have used the triangle paper on a roll. I don’t remember where I bought them but I agree they make it sooo easy. I definitely need to try yours next time. And will!
I have used the HST papers and love them. Have never used the charm square size. Merry Christmas!
Yes, love the triangle papers. Still working on Among Friends, the papers make those blocks so easy and accurate. Lisa’s stuff ALWAYS rocks!
I was first introduced to the triangle strips when I purchased your wool flower wall hanging years ago. It has a border of tiny half square triangles and those strips made making them a breeze. I learned something new from your post though, they now come ready made for charm packs, how cool is that?
Wow, I never really thought about using, but very interesting to say the least. Thanks for the chance to win.
I have not used your triangle papers. They look intriguing tho. My question is do you pin them to your fabric so they won’t shift like you do with others? Thanks!
Triangle papers are the best! They make me feel good because that little 1/2″ square is going to be PERFECT!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE triangle papers! I love them especially for tiny half square triangles – but even for 2″- 4″ ones they are so accurate and easy —- I find I can make a ton in a short time — as I said, I LOVE them!!!
So far, I have not tried the triangle papers but have been so tempted! Didn’t realize all the sizes they came in. I have been making them the old way and trimming them to size. I can see where the triangle paper would save a great deal of time and be much more accurate. Will put them on my list for Santa!!
I have used them and they’re the best way for these cute little HST. Wonderful instructions you’ve provided here too.
Use then love them, Makes perfect half square triangles without trimming. A quilters dream!
Thank you for sharing a great triangle paper tutorial. I’ve used them many times but never on charm squares. I need to try them! Thanks for designing them for charm squares. Are there any that work with the 10″ squares?
I have used the triangle papers for many PG projects. I love them. They are so easy to use and make the blocks perfect!
I have used triangle papers in larger sizes. I’m anxious to get some 1/2″ and 3/4″. I want to make some of your mini quilts from Little Gatherings.
Haven’t used your triangle papers. Have tried the method in which I drew all the dash and solid lines on the lighter fabric– worked OK but took so much time to do the drawing, I wondered hoe much time I really saved
I used these triangle papers with this year’s SBOW and they really do work ! Lisa what presser foot are you using to assemble the block? Is it the Compensating foot?
I’ve never used triangle papers, but would love to give them a try! BTW – is that a special spray handle on your starch can?!
Yes! I used the papers for the first time last week! Love them. “charm” size looks fun! Just want to say, I love all of your designs! I first saw/heard about your shop at the quilt show in Cleveland several years ago. Fell in love with the wool on flannel “grandmothers garden”. Made it and have been hooked ever since! I have been known to pay admission to the show, go to your booth and then go home! Lol. You are such a talent and a good and lovely person!
I have not used triangle papers very much, but I’m thinking it would be the way to go, the next time I need half square triangles. Hope I get lucky.
I have never used any triangle papers, I am looking forward to trying them!!! Can’t wait for 1/2″squares to go together slicker than a trout.
I have never used the triangle papers but would love to try them. I am new to quilting, have finished a quilt that I did in my beginners class. I am anxious to do more, and your triangle papers seem that they are a more accurate way. I know accuracy is important in quilting. I would love to try them
I haven’t used these or any papers for HSTs. Would love to give them a try!
I have not tried the triangle papers but after seeing your cute tiny blocks I think I might have to try them.
I have tried the strips but I must say that I had a time with them. I guess I just didn’t quite understand them. This was quite a few years ago. If I do try them again I would try the sheets. I just can’t get over how talented you are.
I have used the sheets with the Among friends quilts and I love them. They are easy to use and save a ton on paper…
I have used triangle papers before and I love them!
I have not tried the triangle papers yet but would love to try them.
Love using your papers! And the ones sized for charm paks, they make scrap quilts so much easier! I’ll have to check what sizes I’m low on. Bought lots of sizes when you had them in your Christmas sale before.
I really enjoy triangle papers and am excited to see the charm size! Thank you!
I’ve not tried these but they look interesting. I’d like to make some mini quilts and I’m thinking these would be ideal for those,
Wow, your collection of red and white quilts is amazing. Just love them. I have used your papers in a kit I bought over the summer from your wonderful husband. Then I bought some more for some of these small stars you are doing. I am not used to using them, so they are new to me, and don’t love taking papers off, but for the accuracy of them, I will do it. I enjoy your patterns and kits, and seeing all your wonderful quilts. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
I have used these before and love them for minis!
I have used them and a couple of different brands. Recently used yours (ordered from your online site) for the mini tree of life. I had never starched before either but what a difference that makes. Love the accuracy from using the papers and searching. I would use yours again in a heartbeat. They are great!
That should have read certainly, not searching! Ugh.
I have used triangle papers to make the quilt Tree 🌲 Farm. They really are a great way to make HST. I’ve been busy making a tree skirt for my oldest Granddaughter. I got a late start as I made 27 stockings with embroidered names for my daughters second grade class. We do this every year and in the past her mother in law helped, but she passed away this fall. Most of my decorating is done except for my kitchen tree, lighting issues! This tree has all the ornaments that play music or have some movement. My six year old granddaughter loves it. I have 8 of your Christmas quilt blocks done and am hoping to do the rest after Christmas. I love red and think it will be a wonderful quilt when done. Thank you for the patterns and the great fabrics.
Won’t dream of doing HST without the papers-so exact and quick, really makes your sewing much more enjoyable”
The triangle papers are great!!
I love triangle papers! And now that I have a cheat sheet to ensure I’m using the right size I will be using the papers a lot more! Thank you Lisa for posting that helpful guide!
Merry 11th day before Christmas everyone!
I have not used the triangle papers, but I need to learn how to use them. Every time I have to work with small half square triangles, I don’t like how they turn out. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I’ve given up on several projects just because the triangles didn’t look right. And used a few choice words in the process!!!
I think this will be a new experience in 2017; thanks for the encouragement!
I love your triangle papers! Just the right size!
I have used triangle papers before and love the results. I’ve never seen such small sizes before though. Something to add to Santa’s list
Yes, I have used a couple different brands of triangle papers, on wife them being Primitive Gatherings. I used yours to make Summer Love. Your trial Glenn papers made the project quick, easy and accurate. Thank you for all you do for your woolie customers!
I have never used the triangle papers….I first heard of them on your site. Have not done a lot of quilting as of late. Your photos make it look so easy . I will definitely be getting some.
I bought some in Houston, but haven’t played with them yet.
I have used the triangles once and I loved them. I don’t think I could have made the very, very small finished triangle squares any other way. One question…unrelated…what do you have on the top of your spray starch?
I have used your triangle papers with a “Song Bird” Frivol that I purchased. It made sewing my HST easy!
I have used triangle paper before, but I like Lisa’s better because the seam allowance is thinner on the small ones. This means less bulk when working with small blocks. I had never used the starch until this summer when I did the summer block of the week among friends. This quilt would have been a nightmare without them. Thanks Lisa!
I love triangle papers!
I haven’t used them yet, but will use them when I finish the summer freebie. I’m going to try starching then, too.
Your blocks do look great! Yes I have used triangle paper before but I don’t always get a great HST. I’m going to try and starch mine. Maybe that is what I’m missing.
Thanks for a chance to win. Happy Holidays!
I have not used triangle paper yet but want to try it because my pieces never come out right! So, it’s time for me to go for it!!
I stopped in the store yesterday to purchase a pack of triangle papers to help me finish the last three blocks. Headed to sewing room now. I will certainly need more papers for Setting 3!
P.S. I will have Season 5 of “Hell on Wheels” on. Love that Cullen Bohamen!!
I used other triangle papers with success. Then I found your papers. They are a definite step up. So many sizes of triangles! Even better you designed the papers to work with the pieces of fabric we use. You are a quilting genius.
I have never used Triangle papers. Your review and tut for using them is wonderful and makes me think I should give them a whirl.
I’m a new quilter and would love to try the triangle papers but I thought they were a little intimidating but your post really helped! I think I will give them a try! I like my triangles to be accurate the first time! Thanks for the enlightening post!
I only have one size of triangle paper and used it on one of the Magic of Christmas blocks. But I had to trim them down to the correct size. Wasted time, I know. I guess I need to get some different sizes of triangle paper. It is great at making my projects more accurate. (What type of gadget do you have on the starch can that is pictured? Looks like it might be a must have too.)
I have not used your triangle papers and I feel it is about time that I do!!!
Have a Happy Holiday with your family!!
Thank you for all that you do for us.
I’ve used triangle papers for some projects and when I do the blocks are very accurate. And I do love your papers.
Thank you for posting the conversion chart, that will be very helpful in the future! I stopped at the shop last week, and the girls convinced me to try the triangle paper. So I bought a pack of each and used them over the weekend! What a big difference it makes! I will certainly keep a nice supply on hand from now on!
I have not used triangle papers but would love to use PG’s! I’ve always trimmed bigger triangles down to size! Help me have more sewing time and less trimming time.
LOVE your Triangle papers I go at hooked when I did Words to Live By and now use them for all projects. They are easy and make my blocks much more accurate!
I used them for the first time in Among Friends this summer (which is far from finished!). They definitely make accurate little HSTs!
I saw demonstration of the triangle papers in a class but didn’t use. At the time. I would like to try them though. Thank you for the chance to win!
Great directions on the Triangles. I’m really going to try starching my fabric. Can’t wait to make those little guys.
Ive never used paper triangles They look easy and fast I sure could follow arrows
I love triangle papers and agree with you except I truly hate paper piecing.
I have never used triangle papers before. I probably should try them 🙂
I have used yours once. Worked pretty cool. I’d take some more. I like easy
These papers are the best thing yet to do half square triangles. Especially with Lisa’s blocks of the weeks this past summer.
They are neat they are precise and practical. Quilting is a hobby to be enjoyed (quit torchering yourself) use all the tools you can get a make your life easier.
lol…Love this Mary lou…Yeah!!! quilt torchering yourself!!!
I love your triangle paper…it’s the only way to go! I agree with you, making your HST bigger and then trimming them to the correct size seems like a huge waste of time to me…just make them the right size to begin with! And having them sized for charm packs is fantastic.