Left Over Triangles

by Nicole

My Children at Play quilt is taking shape. Here are a couple of blocks. 

There are a lot of little triangles left over from making the corner units. 
They finish at 1 3/4″ HSTs. 
I’m not sure what I’ll do with them, but I will do something. I can’t bear to throw them out. 
What do you do with your left over triangles? 

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Beth June 25, 2012 - 12:43 am

I see a very cute HST mini in your future!

Lisa Lisa June 25, 2012 - 1:43 am

Cute! I'm still collecting scraps and have quite a few triangles….haven't done anything with them yet, though.

Megan June 25, 2012 - 2:03 am

I do everything backwards I think! I tend to make as I go, so I usually don't have anything left over, but sometimes my counting gets me into trouble! Those little triangles might make a great e-reader or i-pad cover depending on how many you have.

Valerie June 25, 2012 - 2:47 am

I'm in the same boat- I have a ton of triangles left over from another quilt I'm making, when I have a few minutes at the sewing machine but not enough time to dive into a big project, I just grab that cute mug they are sitting in and sew up a bunch of HSTs. The make squares that finish at .75 though-so tiny! I don't have an immediate plan but they will likely make their way into a mini soon!

Gra June 25, 2012 - 3:27 am

I have some triangles too, not half square triangles just plain triangles and someone told me just to keep them and use them for the last corner piece when making string block quilts. I thought that was a good idea.
Tiny half square triangles???? I´d use them to make a row and add some fabric for a notebook cover or a mug rug….anything small…just to add a little touch. I hate to throw them!!

Sooli June 25, 2012 - 5:51 am

I had some of those from my last swap blocks I made and I've kept them and put them with all my really small scraps. I'm planning to have a crack at a crumb quilt this year to use up all the tiny bits left over during the year. Just have to start it sometime!

Susan June 25, 2012 - 6:06 am

Those scraps will make a great mini quilt!

niveas June 25, 2012 - 7:21 am

Here's a new great tutorial from Sew crafty Jess: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkellyaud/7414384036/in/photostream

and I'd like to try it 😉

Annabella June 25, 2012 - 9:11 am

They make very cute pouches but you may have too many…a mini?

Lynn June 25, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Those blocks are darling.

I saw this quilt a while ago and have started saving my leftover triangles.


Lynn June 25, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Here's another blog with a similar quilt,

Debbie June 25, 2012 - 2:01 pm

left-overs is how I was able to come up with my Spiraled! http://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2012/04/spiraled.html

Paige June 25, 2012 - 2:23 pm

I usually use them in the backing since they coordinate so well. I have a lot of little HSTs left over from my Swoon blocks so I'll be watching you on this! http://www.paperstarfish.prettyposies.com

Margaret June 25, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Just start sewing them together every now and then and before you know it you will have a nice sized table topper or place mats. That is what I have done. I also sewed some together and used them as the center of a log cabin type block.

Susan June 25, 2012 - 3:15 pm

The Children at Play quilt is absolutely beautiful. So much (precise) work! You may just want to hang it on the wall. Love seeing what you're up to.

thisyearsdozen June 25, 2012 - 4:01 pm

They are coming along really cute. I have following you as you make them.

Katy Cameron June 25, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Lol, at what point does a scrap become unusable ;o)

Cherie June 25, 2012 - 8:29 pm

You can make a lot of things with them, if you have the patience. there are many HST based blocks around. I'm sure you'll think of something, possibly a mini, some small blocks to put with something else..maybe pouches or little zippered items. Ironing them onto interfacing/fusible web for applique could work too. =D

Denise Russell June 26, 2012 - 3:38 am

I L O V E those blocks!!! I am your newest follower (Yes!). Check out my own quilting adventures at http://www.piecedbrain.com, and follow me, too! Have a productive week.

Cynthia@aquilterbynight June 27, 2012 - 10:11 am

Wow, these are really, really cute blocks! I haven't done anything specific with leftover triangles. It's been awhile since I've produced any! Great ideas in these comments!

Martha June 27, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Hi Nicole, nice to meeto you. I'm stoping by from Plum and June's blog hop. I love those blocks, they are so cute.

Martha June 27, 2012 - 8:10 pm

I pressed publish too soon! I made a block similar to the one on the left last week and made into a tote bag.

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