Saturday, June 4, 2011

Leftovers Mini Quilt

After making some of my Japanese x and + blocks, I have lots of little triangle 'ears' leftover.


I really find it hard to throw them away, though there is not much else to do with them. This time though I decided I would use them, so they got sorted into colour piles....


And lined up on a dotty piece of fabric. The dots were great as I didn't need to rule lines to make sure my triangles were straight, instead I could simply line up each triangle with the dots.


Each triangle was then glued onto the dotty fabric....


A couple of borders added...


Basted...


Now I'm going to stitch twice around each shape using my darning foot, and the same coloured thread as the triangle I will be stitching!!


If I did this again I think I would iron the triangles to vliesofix (heat and bond) first, then iron them onto their backing fabric. When I made my mosaic quilt (below) the heat and bond helped to seal the edges better therefore I had less fraying...


But that is ok, I'm quite happy with this so far and if I go around each triangle twice that should be stable enough!


Hope to get quilting done and quilt bound tomorrow. What do you do with your teeny tiny leftovers?

56 comments:

Mystica said...

The last border fabric sets it off so very well. This is so pretty.

nicolette said...

Brilliant idea and a gorgeous quilt!

I made some tiny little blocks from left over triangles, with flying geese and pin wheels and they are in the orphan block box, cause they don’t match.
I have a hard time to throw away any little piece of fabric.

deb said...

Cathy you always come up with the best ideas I love this!! all those delicious fabrics and that boarder is just perfect. i think it will be fabulous with the frayed edges too.. I think this is something I will try.

Maree: said...

Waste Not Want Not!!!
Fabulous Cathy Love it...
cheers

Miriam said...

A great idea Cathy! I love the border fabric too.
I can't throw way scraps either!

Andi said...

Oh you ARE a clever chicken!!

Oops-Lah said...

I must admit, I chuck small leftover out. But now you've shown a way to use them without having to piece fiddly little pieces. I'm wondering how big the quilt is? In any case, it's going to be lovely.

Stephanie said...

Love the polka dot background and inner border and the DS outer border is perfect! Super cute quilt.

Crispy said...

What a wonderful idea and the quilt is absolutely beautiful!! I don't often have lots of little left overs since I'm a template user but what I do have are sorted by color and are available for making circles when doing applique :0)

Crispy

Jackie said...

Right now I'm just collecting my scraps. I love your quilt!

Christine said...

Fantastic idea, love how you think outside the square!

Coisas da Laura said...

Love your idea!!!

Brianna said...

Looks gorgeous! Such a great idea for leftover triangles.

Nancy said...

You are a clever girl and you have such pretty leftovers. Mine are not so colorful.

Jackie said...

Fabulous quilt for your leftovers!! I just love it! Brilliant!

West Michigan Quilter said...

What a great idea! I'm like you in that I hate to throw those small scraps out. I love your idea. Your quilt is beautiful!

LynCC said...

Very nice!! Love the use of the dots as a placement grid. And now I have to go hunt to see some more of that mosaic quilt!!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Sweet quilt! Great idea for using scraps and it came out so colorful and fun. Love it!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Everything about your little quilt is so cute Cathy! I hate throwing out any scraps and I think you have inspired a lot of people on what to do with them

Barb said...

Sooooo clever!! Love it!

Marjorie said...

I am also guilty of saving everything. Whenever possible, I sew HST out of the scraps as a leader/ender project (while working on the original if possible). I also use triangles with other shaped scraps to make monochromatic crazy patch panels. My craziest save was a bag of 1 inch 60degree triangles from cutting hexies which I blogged abou here: http://appliqueaddict.blogspot.com/2011/04/saturday-spring-cleaning.html

Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely said...

I Love what you did with those leftovers. Great quilt! And that mosaic quilt (I haven't seen it before) is beautiful. Really unique.

paulette said...

STUNNING!! You are brilliant!! NOW this should go into a quilting magazine for everyone to read!!
Paulette

Nifty Quilts said...

Beautiful! Bright and cheery. I love your idea. Sometimes I sew them to paper cards for birthday cards.

Terri said...

It's very striking. I think a little fraying will give it a soft look... not a bad thing.

Amber said...

I gave them away - It was too much pressure to keep them and try and do something with them :-)
Your idea is fantastic - looks great!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

So cute! What a fun quick project!!

Lizzie said...

Stash them in a box because I can't throw them out...!!!
Lizzie
xxx

Brenda said...

A clever idea beautifully executed.

Nyla said...

Wow, really like this! How original you are!! Love that border too.

Joanna said...

What a fantastic idea! I have tons of ears like that - I can never bear to throw them away! I also have 1.5 yards of that same border fabric and I'm so happy to see it as your border - it makes the quilt! I was going to make an apron with it, but now I'm thinking colorful quilt!

Jan said...

Oh Cathy this is beautiful. I love using the teeny bits of fabric leftovers. I had a little stash of bits and I made a lovely table runner which I FMQ, my first attempt and it looks great. I get many compliments on it too.
I am going to keep your quilt in mind and if I ever get that many left over fabric ears will have a bash at a quilt similar to yours.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Very sweet way to use up the smallest left overs. Love the DS Quilts fabric border -that is one of my favourite prints.

In Awe of Applique said...

Very cute and a fabulous idea!!! I often save the trimmings but ultimately throw them away telling myself that they are just too small to bother with...now I know better!

Carla said...

Adorable, you clever gal!! The DS border is perfect!

meli B said...

Very clever. Not sure the vliesofix would work unless you lined up all the scraps exactly over it and then ironed it on. Otherwise you would have sticky stuff everywhere. I think your glue worked a treat. Those scraps were too good to waste and your idea was very lateral. Great quilt.

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

That's excellent Cathy! I save triangles too and thought about some sort of hst thing. I never would have thought to do this!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow...I love it...

Julia said...

Great way to use them up Cathy...oh I try to save them but after a while I end up chucking them out, but now, maybe not!
Julia ♥

Vivian said...

Who says leftovers an't be lovely! Perfect border fabric choice too. And a stash quilt to boot!

Anna said...

What a clever girl you are! It is absolutely adorable! As for me, I have always saved my little triangles. The only difference I stitch them together in the pair they were cut off with at the same time I am making the alternate quilt. Then I have all these half square triangles blocks in complimentary fabrics to play with in a mini quilt! I was green before their was green...LOL

Ann Champion said...

I love your clever use of the left over bits! Using the dots to line the pieces up was brilliant.
I've made a couple of little quilts from the left over pieces that are trimmed away. i can't toss them either. :)

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

As always, loving all of your work!

Everyday Quilter said...

Perfect! I love it! What a great idea for all those little triangles. Maybe I'll try some potholders like this!

Pinky said...

What a brilliant idea! Love it! I often have small offcuts of things (I have a whole pile from a whirly gig quilt I made) and never know what to do with them, this is a great idea!

Donna~~ said...

You are so energetic! I wouldn't have the patience to deal with all of them, but that's a great idea!

Greta said...

So lovely and ingenious!

Side Stitches said...

I have lots of these little triangles left over from a quilt I'm currently working on and was thinking of making either a matching pillow cover or making some little HSTs for the border of the quilt. Who knows what I'll do, but they were too cute to throw away!

ParisMaddy said...

Great use of fabric scraps. I love it1

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

That mosaic is amazing. And this quilt couldn't be cuter. Ive got to go back and look at the pictures again I loved it so much.

pomegranateandchintz said...

What a clever cookie you are! Well done, it looks fantastic - don't envy you the quilting tho'. have fun changing threads!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous Cathy! I absolutely love that wide border. And your teeny tiny triangles are delightful!

tinsandneedles said...

How cute! What a great and quick idea. Love the DS border too, my favourite in the whole range.

Catherine said...

Just loving these mini quilts Cathy! Such a great way to use up those precious leftovers.

MissesStitches said...

Cathy, I love your mosaic quilt. Do you know where I can get the pattern or directions?

mjnauert said...

I thought that I was the only one that tried to do stuff with those.

this is what I did:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/buttoncounter/6808224125/in/photostream