At my local quilt guild retreat last fall, we had a strip exchange of 2 1/2 inch strips in fall colors. I have been working on a quilt utilizing those strips that is a simple four-patch and half-square triangle design. The above photo is some of the paired strips I had left over after making all the four patches. Originally, I just tossed them in my little bin that holds all 2 1/2 inch pieces to be used in future projects….then I got to thinking…what if????
What if I cut the paired strips so that they formed 4 1/2 inch squares and then stack two squares on top of each other right sides together and make a half-square triangle out of them. Since I evidently can never have enough half square triangles in my quilting life, I decided to try it. Here is the result:
Very interesting. Then I squared them up to 3 1/2 inches and started cutting up more paired strips and making HSTs out of them. I tried putting them together in a few directions, but really liked this one the best.
If you look carefully, you can see the outer pieces give a mitered corner effect.
Here is what happens when I put another set of four next to the original set:
I can imagine if you used fewer patterns with maybe a little more contrast that this might make an interesting quilt top. In the above photo, if I had used a different fabric in the middle, then the tiny HSTs would have formed a more distinct windmill look. Food for thought for future messing around with this technique.
As a disclaimer, I’m sure someone else must have tried this before, but I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It’s a great way to use up leftovers or even to try a more planned look. Have fun playing.