Hope no one’s bored with the scraps heap yet. I find it endlessly fascinating. As I sort through tiny pieces, anything larger than about an inch and a half becomes a square or half-square triangle. Unusually for me, these will not be pieced over paper. I made a couple of templates with a leftover scrap of template plastic (from Creative Grids):
I don’t normally like triangles much – too many sharp points. I find them a bit aggressive-looking, a bit angry. But so many scraps were already triangular, corners cut from other adventures. It seemed a shame not to use them. And if you can disguise them in a square I find they look a little less pointy.
You can see that I like to punch a tiny hole in the corners of my templates to represent markings for the seam allowance. This way I can cut and mark in one action.
You can see the white chalk dots on the black square, making it easy to line up the next square so that the dots (seam allowances) match up. This is not my idea. I think I may have read it originally in Jinny Beyer’s Quiltmaking by Hand. Serena has excellent posts on making and using templates here and here and here.
I have one of those clear square rod things for marking quarter-inch seams but I find it slips about a lot and you can’t always see through it clearly enough.
When I have a few shapes cut, I begin piecing them together. I call this ‘patchwork by stealth’.
It’s very easy to collect quite a few pieced blocks this way without really trying and without really thinking about it. I’m guessing these might become borders one day, though these shapes are versatile enough to be arranged in virtually any combination.