A few days ago, I came across some of those "bonus" half square triangles. You know the ones.... when you are doing a flip and fold technique on snowball blocks, etc.?
At first, I was going to take the ziplock baggie and toss it into the "orphan block" bin, and deal with it later....
Then I thought.... why am I saving these for later? The matching fabrics from the project are still right here where I can pull from them if needed to do something with them.
As I was stitching the original project, I had already stitched 1/2" away from the original seam, so that when I cut them off, they were already sewn...
I spent the evening while watching TV, pressing these open. I sorted them as I pressed, putting them with like fabrics. Some had sets of 4... but most had sets of 2.
So then, I paired up two sets of 2 that had similar tone and value.
The first couple of sets, I trimmed to a nice square. These still needed trimming after they were assembled into pinwheels, and since I wanted this to be a quick "Use it Up" type of project, I really didn't want to spend a week sliver trimming 4 blocks and then the larger blocks. I also realized that a couple of the sets I trimmed before assembly were then slightly smaller than the 3" or 3 1/2" size I was hoping for.
Then, I got an idea... what if I stitched the pairs into the four patch needed to create the pinwheels, and then trimmed at the very end..... How would they turn out?
|While looking at the back, You can see the spun seams at the center, and you can also see where the outer edges are wonky. |
|You can see that there isn't much to trim, but it will cure that "wonky curve" on the right side. Trim. |
See how cute it is?
Here are my first 5. Looking good!
I hope you try this method for using up some of those leftover pieces.....