Monday, July 27, 2009

Squaring Up 388 Times

I spent some time over the past week squaring up 388 1 1/2 inch half square triangles. They are scraps left over from a quilt top I made years ago. They have been in the sewing closet for over six years and I figured it was about time I turned them into something. So I got out an old flannel board and started laying them out and soon realized they were all different sizes, and not a one of them was square. I knew if I didn't square them up, the design I wanted to make would turn out horribly wrong. So I resigned myself to trimming them all to a 1 1/2 inch square no matter how long it took. I loaded Xena Warrior Princess Season 2 on the computer (which is right next to my cutting area) and got to work. By the end of Season 2 and partway into Season three, I finally finished. :)
Above is the leftovers next to all my half square triangles. Now I just have to figure out what to do with all these new leftovers. To the garbage I suppose... but, how small is too small for the scrap bin? Wouldn't they look nice in a clear Christmas bulb Ornament. Maybe I'll save them after all. Hopefully not another 6 years though.


  1. Baglady1546@yahoo.comJuly 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Hi Leah, Just a thought for you're leftovers. Put them in a small jar with lid and a ribbon. It's called "Quilter's Jelly" give to your friends as gifts.(Quilty Friends of course)
    Jean Louisiana

  2. That sure is a lot of scraps.

  3. Some preschools,kindergarten or first grade teachers like those tiny fabric scraps for the kids to create with paste and paper.

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

  4. here's a suggestion as to what to do with those scraps and slivers - put them in a pet bed and donate to the humane society. We've been making pet beds and stuffing them with leftover scraps for a number of years now - have donated over 1,000 beds to our local. A great way to give these bits one moore life before they get added to the landfill! xox - b