Rescuing Leftovers

by Nicole

As I was sifting through my closet this weekend, I came across a little baggie of half square triangles left over from a mini quilt I made many moons ago.

Leftover HSTs

These tiny HSTs would finish at one inch. My instinct was to toss them. But then I wondered if there was something little that I might make with them.

I looked through my book of 501 quilt blocks – which is an excellent reference, by the way – and came across the Amish Star block.

Tiger block

I only ended up using 8 of the HSTs to make this little block. It will finish as a six inch square.

I think it will make a nice jumbo sized pin cushion – something that I’ve been meaning to make to replace one that has seen better days.

I love this little block and could see myself making a bunch of them at a larger size for a quilt. Someday, perhaps!

For now, I think I will stick with the pin cushion – it’s a much more manageable project, don’t you think? As for the rest of those HSTs, someone on IG said she’d be willing to adopt them. I’m thinking I will take her up on her offer. I wonder about what they will become next.

Linking up to W.i.P. Wednesday!

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carrie October 22, 2015 - 3:33 am

I love the fussy cutting!

Debbie October 22, 2015 - 4:18 am

imho a pincushion + treating someone else are marvelous ideas!

Anita October 22, 2015 - 5:47 am

Love the tiger!

margaret October 22, 2015 - 7:56 am

this will b ideal as a pin cushion just don`t stick any pins into the cat!

O'Quilts October 22, 2015 - 11:28 am

Very fun…I love these kind of found projects

CityHouseStudio October 22, 2015 - 12:33 pm

LOVE the pincushion idea! The cat in the middle is too cute!

Michele S. October 22, 2015 - 12:46 pm

I love using scraps – especially HSTs! It feels like something a bonus – literally something from nothing! This is so darling and the tiger was the perfect focal point!

Margaret October 22, 2015 - 3:22 pm

LOVE this!

Kathy October 22, 2015 - 3:31 pm

I have quite an accumulation of tiny hsts too. I can't throw anything away. One of these days I'll sit down and make something with them. I'm thinking I'll refer to one of my Farmer's Wife books for inspiration.

Bobbi Bridgeman October 22, 2015 - 3:54 pm

That is an adorable block! I love the fussy cut center. Tiny projects are so much fun. I've been itching to work with small pieces soon, but I'm waiting for inspiration to strike. It will be fun to see what your HSTs become next.

Bobbi D. October 22, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Love this. so pretty. and a kitty! can't go wrong with kitties!

Kris October 22, 2015 - 10:02 pm

Love this. I just pressed a stack of small half-square triangle blocks myself yesterday. Not sure what I am going to do with them but this is sure cute!

Kate October 25, 2015 - 12:41 am

Very cute. Great way to use up left overs.

M. E. Stephens October 26, 2015 - 2:06 am

That is cute. The tiger in the middle is perfect. 🙂 Yes, pin cushions are a nice size project, as are coasters. 🙂 I have had a bad year for getting much of any sewing done, let alone quilting projects!

Shasta Matova October 26, 2015 - 11:39 pm

I love everything about this block – the block design, the colors, the fabrics, the center tiger, and the fact that it was made with something that could have been sent to the trash. It is a gorgeous block, I am glad you gave the HSTs a good home.

Rachel October 27, 2015 - 2:56 am

I have saved up tiny triangles from joining binding ends. This gives me some ideas on how to use them. 🙂

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