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Thread: What Do You Do with the Triangles Cut From Folded Corner Blocks?

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    What Do You Do with the Triangles Cut From Folded Corner Blocks?

    You know, what's left over after making a flying geese block with the rectangle and two triangles, or the strips where you join two pieces on an angle. I've been saving mine and plan to make crumb blocks. Most of mine are from 2 1/2" strips so they're pretty small. Those from fabrics I'm not crazy about, I use as starter pieces when chain piecing.

    I'd love to hear what you've done with them.

    I have a bag full but when I last trimmed blocks, I decided to toss them into a plastic shoebox. Guess who found them??? The cat who will do anything to lay on a piece of fabric.
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    Use them for smaller 1/2 sq, triangles or whatever you find to use them for. They make something small like rug mugs, doll quilts etc.
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    I sew them together and make pinwheel blocks.

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    If you sew them together while they are still attached to the block, it's a lot easier. I was doing that then decided they are too small for me, so I have been throwing them away. I'm thinking of mulching the garden with them. Snowball blocks generate quick a few, too.

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    I sew two together for the center of string blocks.

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    When I am doing a block where there will be a triangle of fabric cut off...after I have sewn on the drawn line...I go over about 1/2" (1/4" if a small amount) and sew another seam. I then cut between the two sewn lines...instant half square triangle blocks! I save these up, seperating into baggies by size. When I have enough, they go into a quilt, or border of a quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by margecam52 View Post
    When I am doing a block where there will be a triangle of fabric cut off...after I have sewn on the drawn line...I go over about 1/2" (1/4" if a small amount) and sew another seam. I then cut between the two sewn lines...instant half square triangle blocks! I save these up, seperating into baggies by size. When I have enough, they go into a quilt, or border of a quilt.
    excellent idea. I'll do that from now on. I hate to waste it and this seems pretty efficient!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829 View Post
    You know, what's left over after making a flying geese block with the rectangle and two triangles, or the strips where you join two pieces on an angle. I've been saving mine and plan to make crumb blocks. Most of mine are from 2 1/2" strips so they're pretty small. Those from fabrics I'm not crazy about, I use as starter pieces when chain piecing.

    I'd love to hear what you've done with them.

    I have a bag full but when I last trimmed blocks, I decided to toss them into a plastic shoebox. Guess who found them??? The cat who will do anything to lay on a piece of fabric.
    I hope she doesn't grow any more. But they would make a nice pillow top for Calico!
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    In the past, I've just thrown them out. However recently while making a heart quilt for my dd, I simply couldn't waste THAT much material. I made the corners into 1/2 sqaure triangles by sewing another strip before cutting the 'extra' off. Now I have three stacks that are 4" high!

    What I'll probably do is sew them into a strip. Then sew it vertically on a backing to a quilt, off center of course! I did something similar with extra 5" blocks that I had left over from a house block quilt I made for our housekeeper at work. As it turns out, I think she likes the backing better than the front. Her favorite color is the main fabric on the back. Go figure!
    Go forth and sew!

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    there are so many patterns with HST's. that's what i use mine for. even the tiny ones make mini quilts
    Nancy in western NY

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