Making Something New from Something Old

It's never too early to start thinking of gift-giving season, and I've been busy plotting, planning, and designing things already. I know it's still spring but here at Quilting Arts Magazine we're already working on our annual holiday inspired publication, Quilting Arts Gifts, so I've caught the bug for making handmade quilt art gifts at home, too.

These half-square triangle sets are begging me for attention.

I am challenging myself to use fabric from my stash and, in some cases, pieces of old projects. For example, I found this group of half-square triangle sets recently and wondered what they could become. After playing and rearranging for awhile, I came up with a couple ways they can be sewn together.

Now to design a project! I'm thinking this could become a nice detail on a small purse or tote or maybe even a wine bag.

Stay tuned-I'll show you the completed project soon!

This may be the start of something!

How do you reuse or recycle your extra pieces and abandoned projects?

Kristine

 

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Kristine is Associate Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine, Modern Patchwork, QuiltCon magazine, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, Modern Patchwork Holiday and Quilting Arts TV.

3 thoughts on “Making Something New from Something Old

  1. Unfortunately I don’t throw enough away. I like scrappy quilts so I save all I can – actually dependent on my mood- and use them in any project I can. Recently I’ve been using them to make journal covers.

  2. Unfortunately I don’t throw enough away. I like scrappy quilts so I save all I can – actually dependent on my mood- and use them in any project I can. Recently I’ve been using them to make journal covers.

  3. This week I also challengened myself to make something useful from my stash. I had heard about using the phone book pages for paper foundation. So off I went to experimenting and it turned out wonderful. I squared up a phone book page to 8X8 inches. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 9X9 inches. I folded the page on the diagonal from each corner forming an X. Put fabric right sides together and then put folded page on top. I stitched 1/4 inch on each side of X. Then I cut on the fold for 4 triangles and then folded each in half and cut again of the fold. Results are 8 half square triangels, approx 3 5/8″. This week I worked then into a pink pinwheel baby quilt and a zigzag border. I’m feeling so thrifty and green.!

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