It all started because I was out of leader/enders blocks next to my machine!
While working on a quilt (that I can't share with you until this fall), a pile of trimmed triangles started forming next to my machine. Because I didn't have any leader/ender blocks sitting ready at my machine, I started running these tiny triangles between my quilt blocks.
Being far too small for HSTs, I made cute little 2" hourglass blocks. Well, they were cute until I had to trim them!
(BTW - Bloc Loc rulers also work great on hourglass blocks.)
Besides gray and white blocks, there were a number of these blocks with some of the Mimosa prints by Windham Fabrics. I sorted the blocks out by print and pinned them together to keep them organized until I had a plan for them.
Not long after completing these, I was asked by the Fat Quarter Shop to participate in their Layers of Charm blog hop (you can read about the quilt here). I chose to make my quilt with the Mimosa collection and used the scraps from that project to make these fun pinwheel blocks.
Well, I decided to use the scraps from both projects and make a small quilt.
The hourglass blocks were turned into these little 4.5" star blocks.
I sewed up the pinwheel blocks to make a fun colorful center. The stars fit perfectly around the outside. I even added some Kona Coal charm squares that were leftover from the Layers of Charm quilt for the cornerstones.
Having a number of the hourglass blocks still left over, I wanted to work them into an outside border some how.
I ended up just piecing them together with some small scraps I had.
That is why you don't toss those scraps!
Now the quilt has been quilted up and finished! I think this small baby quilt has more piecing in it than any lap quilt I have made lately!
It is even cute on the back. I had just enough of this plaid that works perfectly!
And it all started because I was out of leader/enders blocks next to my machine!
(And this little finish achieves my February A Lovely Year of Finishes goal of turning all these scraps into a quilt. So far, I am two for two this year!)
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