|A quilt top made from a friend's "waste" triangles.|
|"Waste triangles?" I say they are pure gold!|
My love affair with “waste triangles” started many years ago at quilt camp. A woman named Denise was making a pineapple quilt out of 1930s repro fabrics (which I love). As she would finish each side of her pineapple blocks, she would trim off triangles and throw them away. I would then go to the garbage and fish them out. Next thing you know, she’s dumping the triangles next to my machine, and I’ve made an adorable miniature out of her garbage!
|My first waste triangle quilt made from Denise's garbage.|
|Detail of the quilt. The half square triangles finished at 1 inch; the sashing is 1/2 inch.|
So what is a waste triangle? Some methods of making half-square triangles, flying geese, snowball blocks, etc. require you to chop off the corner of the block resulting in “waste triangles.” Most people throw them away (cringe!). I encourage you not to do this. If you are making a bed-sized quilt that has half-square triangles, you can probably make 80% of a coordinating wall, baby or lap quilt just out of these pieces that most throw away (cringe!).
|I used the triangles leftover from making the lily blocks, to make broken dishes blocks for the inner border on this quilt.|
|This one has been in the works for awhile. Again, the triangles are from the VERY prolific quilter, Denise.|
|Another quilt made from Denise's scraps. Denise bought this quilt in an auction causing someone to say, "Boy, you sure paid a lot for your own scraps."|
For more on “waste triangles” and other scrap quilting advice, check out this piece I wrote for my guild a few years back.NT Presentation
I hope you will think twice in the future when you go to toss your “waste triangles” in the trash. If you are not going to use them, consider, at the very least, tossing them into a pillowcase to make a dog bed (see post here). Or, pack them up and send them to me!