After making all the heart blocks for the Wedding Quilt, I was left with a whole bunch of half-square triangles trimmed from the corners. The larger triangles come from the bases of the hearts, the smaller ones are from the top points of the hearts.
I didn’t keep all the off-cut triangles; some weren’t cut well and I chucked some of the smaller ones because I wasn’t sure they’d be big enough to do anything sensible with. But there’s still a whole bunch of the things! 😮
On a whim the other week, I started to chain-piece the larger triangles together. It’s quite a soothing and mindless task – plug in earphones, put on some tunes and just keep feeding triangles through the machine until the pile (or the bobbin thread!) runs out! Once trimmed and pressed, the larger triangles made very nice 2.5″ squares:Pretty, no? After I did all the big ones, I decided to try the little ones, too. They’re a lot fiddlier and make squares of 1.25″.
That’s a rather awkward size, though. The finished size of 0.75″ doesn’t fit very well with the finished size of the larger squares (2″). Still, that didn’t stop me sewing them ALL together anyway! The majority of them are still waiting to be trimmed and ironed.
So, that’s nice. So what?
Well, I thought they’d make a nice lap quilt, especially if combined with one (or more) of the leftover heart blocks that I have floating about. Luckily, although there’s only a smidge of compatibility between the large and small HST squares (eight small ones = three large ones), a nine-patch of large HST squares matches up very well with the heart block dimensions:
In keeping with my relaxed approach to all this, I decided to not fuss over a layout but just grab squares from the pile and piece them as they came. And I like it! However, although it seems like a lot of squares, it isn’t actually all that many in quilt terms (those small ones in particular don’t go far!), so I intend to dig out the other scraps and leftovers from cutting the hearts originally and mix in solid squares in both sizes in reds, pinks and creams until I feel I have enough to make a better size of quilt. So far I’ve only put together that one nine-patch and a few of the little squares and I have other, more pressing projects to be getting on with, but I’m quietly pleased and fond of these anyway. 🙂
As an aside, this is a project that made me appreciate the Pfaff SO much. Look at these points!