Monday, August 5, 2013

Tilt-a-whirl

This weekend I dumped out my pile of triangle scraps on a freshly cleaned work surface.  I'd decided to start a new quilt (eeee!) and I'd need my largest triangle scraps.  Up until now I'd been throwing all triangle scraps in one canyon in my bottommost scrap drawer.  That system was surely flawed given the conundrum I now faced.  Whatever large, useful-ish triangle scraps I owned were sunk in a see of tiny binding-making triangle crumbs.

my Triangle Legions

Above is a photo from December with my triangle legions pictures in the upper corner.  So, yeah, it's even worse now and seems to include fewer big triangles.  Dire straights.

The sorting commenced.  This time I bagged up all the binding-making triangles together. They are the same exact size (since I always cut my binding strips 2.5"), which is why I've felt compelled to keep them.  Other than that hourglass pillow, those tiny triangles have rarely seen use.  But... BUT I have a plan for them now.  Muahahaha.  It was only a matter of time.

triangle scraps

Meanwhile, I sorted for my largest scraps, making other types of triangle piles as well.  This is what happens, right?  More scraps necessitate more organization.  And then I organized my large triangles in color piles, and those piles into a color grid.  Ahhh...  Instantly more enticing.

inspiration

When I was making the Penny Sampler, my first whirl block came out too small.  Since then it's been hanging by my pressing table to remind me of how civilized triangles can be.  My large triangle scraps definitely want to become whirl blocks.  "The also ought to be set on point," remarks the hanging whirl.

Tilt-a-whirl blocks

So, here is where we are this morning.  Yesterday our family had a happy, unexpected adventure which kept us away from the house all day (will fill you in tomorrow!).  As a result, not much progress yet, but some progress at least.  These scrappy whirl blocks are only finishing at 4", so I added the surrounding layer to bring each block to 6".  I'll call these tilt-a-whirl blocks since they set the whirl so happily on point.  I'm sure they already have some other name (do tell, if you know as I'm curious!) but I don't mind blithely re-naming blocks for my own personal enjoyment.  I've always thought of that center block as a whirl, not a windmill, so that's what is to me.  Hehe.  I'm just so liberated.

Hope you all had a nice weekend too.  Anyone else start a new quilt?

17 comments:

  1. Very cute block! I haven't started anything new yet, trying to finish one for a wedding in two weeks, but no pressure! Haha.

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    1. Uh-oh, no pressure ;) Two weeks though - you can do it!

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  2. A very promising beginning!

    I love that you had already sorted your triangles scraps from other scraps and THEN sorted those by size and type.

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  3. I just finished sewing the binding on my big bargello quilt last weekend (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28293993@N08/9444159761/), but when I did I was itching for something small and opposite...so now I'm making a Christmas quilt. I found a panel with blocks for making a fabric book, and I've to cut them out and ordered them into a child's quilt to read along with. It's "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and I think it will be very adorable. Also, not much small detail work and a nice relief from the intricate bargello.

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  4. Oh this looks like so much fun! I am starting a little postage stamp pile. I am sure it will be messy but so fun to play with! I love the whirls! Plus I like that you go against the grain and do not call them windmills!

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  5. Nice blocks and gorgeous scraps. I started a new quilt too - wrote up my cutting list (sounds so simple; it wasn't)

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    1. Oh, I know what you mean! I love planning ahead though. Tends to feel so good!

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  6. Very nice blocks! And cute name :). I really admire that you save and use even teeny tiny scraps

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    1. Thanks, Liz. It will be interesting (to me) to see if I continue saving them or if at some point I tap out.

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  7. Ah man! And here i thought i was doing great sorting my scraps by colour... now i need to sort by shape! First thing on the agenda when i get back from vacation! And i love those whirl blocks, gorgeous!

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    1. It's all a journey. I used to sort just by color. Then I added categories for shapes with triangles in a class of their own. Now my triangles need sorting too. Basically, all this means I have a ton of scraps! Those that sort less probably have less =)

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  8. Great blocks Rachel!! You are so organized with all of those scraps!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  9. I used to just jam all my scraps into one box but I never used them that way. Now I have them sorted into colours and divided into long strippy bits and small odd sized bits and its so much better. Now if I need a little bit of a particular colour (say in a paper pieced block) I can go straight to it! It also helps me see if I'm low on a particular colour too. I love those whirl/windmill blocks, they look so easy I think I've found a project for my odd triangles too!

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  10. love the scrappy goodness! So pretty :-)

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  11. Pretty and clever. All those scraps in rainbow order, squee!

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  12. Oh I love these, beautiful as usual!

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  13. Cute wee blocks and if I end up making some as a new project I'll definitely be blaming you Rachel! (shakes her head, muttering, trying to stay on the get the UFOs done first path -
    PS failing miserably this year!)

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