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Tip: HST Marking

A few weeks ago I shared a tip for piecing half square triangles (HSTs) without marking. I have another time-saving tip today, this time for marking HSTs or snowball corners…or almost anything you need to mark for accurate piecing.

You will need: a tracing wheel, a ruler, and transfer paper.

Set your pieces for marking right side up on top of your transfer paper. To mark three at once, I lined my pieces up point to point.

Line the ruler edge up along the diagonal of your pieces. Run the tracing wheel along the edge of the ruler.

That’s it. Perfect marks!


It saved me a lot of time doing three pieces at once versus the old-school marking with a pencil method. Plus I think the tracing wheel works better – it doesn’t catch the way a pencil sometimes can.


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