Someone who sews much better than I do responded to a complaint I made recently. What I was complaining about was the tediousness of cutting out lots of triangles and sewing them back together. She pointed out there were lots of ways to make the process faster. I found several ways, the pre-printed ones, the easy rulers, the chain piecing. I have a bunch of them left over from a batch of signature squares that I made for a friend. THen I saw a pattern that showed how to cut an X out of a square to get four triangles, why not sew two squares together first and then cut the X? Is there a reason for not doing them this way? Here's what I mean.
First I put two 6.5 squares right sides together and sewed all around with a quarter inch seam., then cut the X and pressed open my four 4 inch triangle squares.
This was fun to do, now I have to get back to my hand quilting. Happy Sewing!