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KathyF replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 5:06 PM

Been ready for a few days. can't post unless I reply to some. I wanted to see if anyone has a tool called "The Angler 2". I bought it a number of years ago when I was learning to do HST. It attaches to any sewing machine.  It is a clear piece of acrylic with lines on showing the angle on the sides and in the front it has 1/4 inch mark. You line up the point on the 1/4" mark and the lines on the side with the edge of your square. My squares are so close I will take each HST at a time when it is time to sew them in the next steps to see if they have to be squared up.  It was a time saver, no drawing lines. I would like to learn how to do the tube method. Bring on step 3.

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Helen replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 5:08 PM

Grandma Sunshine you have excellent taste!!!

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Helen replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 5:11 PM

Thank you so much Karyn!  It will be my quilt in the living room.  I thought I was running out of the paisley fabric  for the border so when I saw some I bought more.  When I got home I discovered it was not the fabric I was short on and now have a few yards too many.  Through this mistake I will be able to make some pillows :-)

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PennyWyo replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 6:05 PM

All ready for Step 3, Nana!  Can't wait.  Here is my first one.  Will probably do an inner border in purple.

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PennyWyo replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 6:06 PM

And the 2nd....probably an sage green inner border.

 

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PennyWyo replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 6:17 PM

And....confessions of a quilter:  how I did my hst units.  I had planned on using my new CATS triangles but after flipping the triangle back and forth to cut,  I thought I might have something that worked better.  But before I could check, I went to visit a quilter friend and as we were talking about her tools and looking at her rulers, I noticed the tool everyone has been talking about on posts.  Totally unopened!!  After looking at it, I began to think about what I had that could work.  My quilt in a day square up ruler worked perfectly!  Just did exactly what Nana had discussed regarding 3" strips and 1/4" seams, then set the seam line on the 3 1/2" ruler mark and cut.  Perfect 3 1/2" square.  So I continued, flipping the ruler after each cut and changing hands, etc., to line it up.  A little bit of an ordeal.  After completing the cutting of HST units for the first quilt, and several hundred into the hst units for the second quilt, I notice that on the opposite side from the 3 1/2" mark were whole numbers.  Well, I had not given these any thought because they did not have 3 1/2" marked.  Once I stared closer, I noticed there were 1/8" markings between the whole numbers.  So all I had to do was make a cut at 3 1/2" and then slide the ruler down and find the 3 1/2" mark on the whole number side.  Quite a bit less work.  If you have that ruler, take a look and you'll see how silly I was.

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Roxana replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 6:46 PM

I have the Angler 2 and can't figure out how to use it?!

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Marilyn B replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 6:57 PM

Thanks Nana, I may be late but will catch up when I can

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Kris replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 7:10 PM

Roxana:

I have the Angler 2 and can't figure out how to use it?!

I like the angler. I find it easier to use with smaller sizes. Pam Bono has great tutorials on her website or on YouTube.

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Kris replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 7:13 PM

Pretty fabrics Penny. I really like your first one.

I'm almost done with my HSTs but I have not pressed any of them open yet.

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Nana replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 9:10 PM

Penny

Both of your groups are beautiful but I especially love the first one.  I think it is awesome that people are finding so many different rulers that will work with the strip tube method.  I love doing my HSTs this way.   Unfortunately I have a kit that I cut out before I found the ruler....LOL>

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Christine replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 9:51 PM

I'm coming along just fine...the extra week helped...i should be finished on Saturday morning with all of them!

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Christine replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 9:55 PM

Helen, 

I love your colors?  I have an aqua as Fabric 2, it reminds me (as your fabric does) of 'tranquil' waters..... LOL!

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Jacy replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 10:52 PM

I have about 100 more HST's to go. Guess I'd better get busy so they are done by Friday, nothing like a deadline to get me motivated.....well chocolate helps too!

 

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Nana replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 11:20 PM

Roxana

I never had much luck using the Angler 2.   I tried it several times but I had problems with it slipping.

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