Thursday, February 4, 2010

Waste not

You know that technique for making flying geese where you sew a smaller square onto a rectangle on the diagonal and then cut off the waste? I save those little triangles. People think I'm crazy, but I do. And I use them as the last piece when I'm chain piecing. I even have some people who give me their cut off triangles! I take them happily.
This saves thread and time. No more having to hold onto those pesky threads when starting a seam! I have a large shoe box devoted to them. So far it's just held onto the sewn-together half square triangles, but yesterday I started pressing them.

I'll have to trim them, which will take even longer than pressing them did, but when all is said and done, I'll have a bazillion little squares, about 3/4 to 1 inch finished.

In weather news, we got a bunch of snow last weekend. This photo was taken the next day, after some had already melted. Yikes! Virginia is not prepared for this. And we have another storm coming tomorrow. They've already closed schools.


  1. you could make a whole quilt out of the triangles. A big scrappy triangles quilt.

  2. i cannot wait to see what you make out of those triangles! lovely snow....stay warm!