Thursday, April 7, 2016

Does It Work - Triangulations - CD Rom

A few years ago, I wrote a post that you can read here.  Triangle paper is a very quick way to make accurate half and quarter square triangles.  There are several brands on the market and I have used most of them and found them to be very accurate.

Not long ago, I was given the opportunity to test Triangulations CD Rom which allows a quilter to make many more sizes than are available on the market.  In addition, the latest version allows you to print your own quarter square triangles and also a version of flying geese called tamed geese.  Three shapes in one CD, not a bad deal at all.

While the Triangulations CD costs just under $30.00, you can print an unlimited number of sizes and types of triangles.  How cool is that? I have tried all of the versions and all work well., but I've concentrated on half-square triangles as that is the type I use the most.  I love that I can print an unlimited number any time I need triangle paper -- even the middle of the night or when I don't want to take the time to drive to a quilt shop to purchase the pre-printed variety.

Triangulations runs on any PC or Mac computer with Adobe Formatted to fit standard 8-1//2 x 11 computer paper.  You may purchase the CD at many quilt shops, or simply go to the company web site and order online.  Mine came very quickly and I was ready to print.  DO make sure you read the instructions carefully before printing.

Once printed, place your fabrics right sides together and pin the printed triangle paper on top being sure to pin where you won't be sewing.

Stitch on the lines as the instructions suggest.

And cut apart on the solid lines.

Notice that there is a printed line on each corner to aid in cutting off the dog ears prior to removing paper and pressing.

In this case, I printed paper that would give a 1-1/2" finished half-square, so the stitched and pressed unit needed to measure exactly 2".  As you can see, it was very accurate and worked just as the instructions said it would!  I love the accuracy that triangle paper produces.  It makes quilt making so much easier if all of the units measure exactly what they are supposed to!

I hope you will give Triangulations CD a try.  It will be money well spent.  The only draw back is the thickness of the computer paper, but when stitching with a shortened stitch length as instructed, it really is not hard to remove.  If this seems like a problem, simply purchase foundation papers that are not quite as firm a paper and are usually available at your local quilt shop.

I have no affiliation with Triangulations, I just wanted to let you know about a product that works well!  Triangulations has been on the market for some time now and has, I'm sure, been tested by other quilt makers, as well.

Until Next Time



1 comment:

Botanic Bleu said...

Great review and examples of how to use the printed forms. Hearing from someone who has actually used and demonstrated a product is so helpful.