Tuesday, May 15, 2012

bossy.

I've been tasked this week with making a zip pouch from scraps.  Yes, it's a swap, so I can't tell you much more, but it all started here...

irksome triangles

This is my gnarly pile of triangle scraps.  They mock me with their cumbersome triangle-ness. Somewhere early on I began saving the trimmings from making quilt binding.  You know how you connect the long binding strips with a diagonal seam to reduce bulk?  I save those triangles.  They're small.

Sigh.

I know I could just not save them, but I have happily used them on occasion to make wee wonky stars.  Which was good.  So, I should make a whole quilt of scrappy wonky stars!  I need more baby quilts to make, please.

bossy.

So back at the sewing table, the irksome triangle scraps suggested half-square triangle patchwork for the zip pouch.  And, since this was something that I feel pretty sure my swap partner will like, I set to work.  The smallest triangles, the ones from making quilt binding, were all the right colors for my partner.  Unfortunately they would only make tiny 1.5" squares that will finish at 1" squares. I told the little triangles that half square triangles (HST) that small are only for complete loons.  But, they were really bossy.

I think I took a break to check my email after making... like.... six?

so tiny HST

Actually, yes, it was six. I checked when I came back and settled in for a real sew, having come to terms with my insanity.

ten thousand trimmings?

So I sewed and I trimmed and I sewed and I trimmed times a million.  See, I have my pile of ten thousand trimmings to prove it!  Though, that could be a slight exaggeration.

W.I.P.

And the way-too-tiny flock of HST grew until they weren't quite so bossy and had developed a more charming, ok let's say "purty" persona.  Now, if I can only just sew them together without spoiling the effect.  I'll have this finished soon!

32 comments:

  1. Ooh I love scrap projects! I'm sure your pouch will turn out fabulous.

    I'm sewing just under 1" hexies at the moment, not sure what they'll be in the end. I was going to make pot holders but they're kind of calling for some natural linen as background...linen pot holders? too posh?

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    1. Oh, no, you can't go too posh with potholders =). Actually, I made a 1" hexagon potholder and my husband burnt it on about use #4. Wishing your future potholder a safe and happy life!

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    2. oh no! That would have been out with hubby no 1 and in with hubby no 2 in this house! (just kidding ;-))

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  2. I love when fabric tells us what to do. Those are certainly looking mighty fine.

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  3. Props to you for piecing those. I save mine too, but I haven't gathered enough that coordinate yet to make anything of. Can't wait to see your finished pouch.

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  4. Beautiful! :) Have you considered pressing them to lightweight fusible interfacing first (in their grid pattern)? It'll save you a ton of time in sewing them all together - and they'll go together precisely. :) Also... for the future you could just sew another 1/2" from your stitch line when joining those binding strips. Then all you'll have to do is press and trim - HST's for free!

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    1. OMG, that is so smart. When I am binding in different prints I will definitely do that! I guess if I'm binding in same prints than it would make a funny kind of HST =)

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  5. Oh I made tinys like those for a purse and used the iron-on interfacing method to keep them perfect - it works a treat - I had some 1/2" HSTs too!

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    1. Go you! See, I knew it was not too strange to do this. I just don't enjoy working in small, so this was a stretch for me.

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  6. I can't wait to see it!! What a wonderful plan for those little scraps!

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  7. Your swap partner is sooo lucky! I love that you saved all those little triangles from making binding. I save just about every little scrap and sometimes I feel a little crazy because of it! It's good to know I'm not the only one who is a micro-saver when it comes to fabric. :)

    I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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    1. Yes, there are definitely micro-savers among us...

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  8. I am glad to see I am not the only crazy one who makes their little triangles into hst's. They really do I have a collection of various sizes growing including ones as small as 1" square. Can't wait to see your pouch all finished!

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  9. Great use of those triangles! I don't think you're insane; I'd call it dedicated. ;) I save the teeny tinies, too.

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  10. Very cute, but yeah, not sure I'd have the patience!

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  11. glad I'm not the only one with opinionated fabric - when I tell non-quilters that my fabric talks to me, they start to get concerned :)

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  12. The are so cute! I have so many triangular scraps, great idea! =D

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  13. I feel the same way about micro projects...but you know, once you're done, you'll be in awe and so proud of yourself. Not to mention, experiencing the tedious process makes you appreciate any quilting or sewing style that utilizes small pieces of fabric. It takes patience and lots of it. Sometimes I think the end result isn't so much an appreciation of the project itself, but of the strength and determination of the stitcher. GOOD JOB {insert high-five here}!

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  14. Amazing LITTLE HST's! Your swap partner is SO lucky! Loved reading the other comments about fusible interfacing technique.
    Anxious to see the finished project.

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  15. I used the interfacing trick too, so much easier!! Also it makes arranging them easier.
    I'm trying to be strict about what counts as scraps, I have no room!!

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  16. I love those triangles and I have been saving mine in a jar. I have one idea for them but NEVER thought of HSTs. I really like that idea as well as the interfacing. You and your readers are so smart!

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  17. Thank you for providing a really good laugh. I started quilting 11 months ago and never thought I'd have a "stash." Buying something I didn't need for a purpose I didn't know yet was just beyond this accountant's way of thinking. Well, 11 months later (and probably 10 quilts later) I have a very small stash (mostly thanks to Julie's tempting me at the Intrepid Thread!). I cut up any leftovers into 5" squares and throw then into a bin to eventually make donation quilts for our church (same size as leftover charms is my way of thinking). Now you point out that I could be saving those darn pieces from my binding....well, I just had to laugh. I've gone outside my comfort zone by even having a stash but there's no way I'm saving anything smaller than 5". Then again, ask me in another 11 months....!

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    1. Now I'm laughing! Yes, yes, let's check again in 11 months...

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  18. All those teeny HST's together are adorable! Can't wait to see what the finished pouch looks like.

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  19. O.M.G. I am laughing, I had to go back and re-read.
    And then I read some comments, Suzanne is saving hers in a jar! Let the HST out for air!

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  20. Ha ha! Cumbersome triangle-ness! That's exactly how I feel about the triangle scraps I found in a box of vintage fabric I bought once. They are so... triangle!

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    1. Yes, the triangle is not the square. Need we say more?

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  21. I do the same thing! Right now, I have a ton of them because of the x and plus quilt...I just throw those little triangles into a cute mug by the sewing machine and whenever I have a few minutes left to sew that isn't enough time to do the next step of whatever I'm working on, I sew those bitties together. The kids have been helping with those too-they stand on the presser foot and love the long banner that they make! Mine are turning out to be an inch finished-whew! Love the interfacing idea -please post a pic so we can see how!

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  22. Those are certainly teeny tiny. You really are a gluton for punishment.

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  23. To help everyone out with the fusible interfacing idea, I thought I'd link up this post I read on Elizabeth Hartman's blog.
    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2012/03/about-the-stamp-collection-quilt-block.html

    I save 2 1/2" squares and strips that are at least an inch wide by 3" long...nothing smaller .

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  24. I save them, too! Adore your sweet little triangle squares!

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