Well hi, everyone! Welcome to those who are playing along with our triangle insanity. Never too late to join in if you’re so inclined! A few folks are already drinking my kool-aid:
Some people are going to do this with a couple of charm packs, which of course would be super cute, you might just end up wanting borders to make it a nice generous lap size.
Me? I’m staying scrappy. But just because I’m going for a random look doesn’t mean it’s a total free-for-all around here. I’ve got to come up with some strategery to this thing. (heh)
I like to create rules and procedures for myself. So here they are:
1. I will go through each of my scrap bins, one at a time, and pull out all pieces large enough to cut into a 5″ square. My red-and-pink bin was first. I am trying NOT to be very selective and just use whatever I have, not trying to make any sense of it just yet.
2. I will cut only one square from each print (or solid – I’m using solids, too). Once I make it through all of my scrap bins, I’ll see where I am. If I still need more, I will probably hit my stash boxes and cut from smaller pieces in there. We’ll see how it goes.
3. After I’ve got a scrap-box-worth of fabrics pulled, I’ll iron a whole bunch at a time and then watch some TV while I cut. One of the things that bothers me the most about scrap quilting is cutting things one at a time – I’m a chain-piece, stack-and-whack kind of a girl, I hate inefficiency. So I try to carefully stack several of my similar-sized or similar-shaped scraps on top of one another so that I can end up cutting 4 or 5 squares at a time.
4. Finally, I chain-piece. Frankly, if I’m going to sit down and sew some triangles, I’d just as soon sew eight of them in a row. It’s not all that much more work than two. More on my preferred method of HST-making soon.
Truth be told, I sewed 11 pairs (22 total squares, since you’re making two at a time when you do half-square triangles) last Monday, the very first day. In part because I was on a roll, and in part because I knew my mom was coming and my sewing time would be dramatically limited for the rest of the week. True to my prediction, I did very little sewing again until Sunday night, when I knocked out 6 more pairs to end up slightly ahead for the week. That made it through all of my red scraps, and got a start on my large pile of pinks.
This week looks like it will be all pink, all the time. Apparently, I have a lot of pink.
If you’re keeping up with my initial idea of a pace, you should have 14 pairs, or 28 individual squares, done. I am slightly ahead with 32, which will hopefully provide a buffer for when I inevitably fall behind.
So, what about you? Do you have a strategy going into this project? Are you choosing only certain colors, eliminating some from consideration, or are you just pulling at random?