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HSTs and Bloc-Loc rulers

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Last week I read a post by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts about Bloc-Loc rulers, which she was using to square up flying geese blocks. When she mentioned that Bloc-Loc also makes half-square triangle (HST) rulers, I checked out reviews and the Bloc-Loc website. Despite my best efforts, I struggle to accurately trim HST blocks–I find it hard to maintain adequate pressure on the ruler while I cut. Too often the ruler shifts, and I am left with a wonky block. So based on Rita’s and others’ positive responses, I ordered a set of three HST rulers: 2 1/2″, 4 1/2″ and 6 1/2″. They arrived in just a couple of days.

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There’s a groove milled into the underside of the ruler that, when placed atop a pieced HST unit, fits snugly against the center seam. No more slipping–genius. Paired with a revolving cutting mat, these rulers make trimming HST blocks a piece of cake. Thanks to Rita for sharing this tip!

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2 thoughts on “HSTs and Bloc-Loc rulers

  1. You have more patience than I do. Whether you use a specialty ruler, such as these, or not. I find it incredibly time consuming to measure and cut every block twice. I try really, really hard to get it right the first time and if the blocks are a little bit off, that’s okay. It seems to work out for me. I have heard and seen these rulers before and for some folks they could be useful.

  2. I agree–I remember you saying you can only trim down, you can’t trim up! I think that with HST assembly, it’s 6 of 1, 1/2 dozen of the other. You either spend more time cutting/ piecing or more time trimming. We will see how I feel after I get all of these blocks assembled!

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