If you know me, you know that I am a scrap quilter at heart. This means that I save every little piece and I hate waste. I will dig fabric out of the trashcan what others have thrown away. And I will go out of my way to avoid waste if possible.
So, when it comes to the sew and flip method, I have a love/hate relationship. I LOVE how easy it is and all of the possibilities for precise piecing. But, I hate those odd leftover pieces. I save almost all of them to be used SOMEWHERE.
When the new block for the Crossroads quilt along came out a couple of days ago and I saw all of those sew and flip corners, I cringed just a little. I am using a layer cake for most of my fabric, so every little piece is precious. I decided to do a little experimenting and try to figure out how to make those square in a square blocks without the waste. And here is where the story of The Three Little Bears comes into play.
Using a little quilty math guesstimation, I decided to try cutting that center square at 2 1/8 inches. From the background fabric, I cut 2 squares 2 1/2 inches and then cut them diagonally to make 4 triangles.
Well those center squares came out just a little bit too small. They didn't quite touch.
I decided to try the center square at 2 3/8 for the next one. A little too big, I really had to work to make these fit and they are a little wonky.
So for the final block I went in the middle with a 2 1/4 inch square. Ahhh, just right.
Am I going to redo the first 2 you ask? No, I am going to be ok with those blocks. First of all, the point of this experiment was to SAVE fabric, so it would seem wasteful to toss them aside. Secondly, these blocks are not going to be next to each other in the quilt, they will be separated by other blocks and sashing blocks so I am pretty sure no one will notice but me. And finally, this quilt is for me, and I am ok with imperfection. Every quilt is a learning experience. :)
Here are the diamond blocks all together.
And here are my house blocks together.
Are you quilting along too?
If not, it is not too late to join in. The pattern is free over at The Fat Quarter Shop. They are asking everyone to donate to the March of Dimes this year in return for a fun year of quilting along.
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