The Summer Scrap Elimination 2021: Week 2

Wow, last week was fun! Thank you for all the lovely responses about last week's pattern! I hope you will enjoy this week's project just as much.


This week we are working with a bunch of leftovers that can be used to make a 5" finished Half Square Triangle (HST) unit. For me, that means I'll be cutting my squares 5 7/8" x 5 7/8". However, if you are someone that prefers making your HSTs by squaring down from a larger size, feel free to cut your starting squares at 6" x 6" or your personal comfort size.


This project is not "block driven" but rather a single concept using HSTs and setting triangles. To make the size shown in this blog, use the numbers I have listed in the Fabric Requirements or resize this concept based on your own space and how many storage pockets you would like to have.


Cut List for This Project:

Medium Dark: 14 squares 5 7/8" x 5 7/8"

Bright: 14 squares 5 7/8" x 5 7/8"

Setting triangles : 6 squares 5 7/8" x 5 7/8"

Dark: 28 squares 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"




Step 1: With right sides together, layer the Medium Dark squares with the Bright squares. If you are using traditional piecing methods, draw a line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Stitch 1/4" on either side of the drawn line and and then split the block apart on the line.


Press toward the darker fabric.









If you are using a seam guide as I prefer, split your layered squares prior to stitching and take care with your bias edges as you send these units through your machine.


If you have cut your initial squares larger than 5 7/8", trim your HST units to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".







Step 2: Create a layout of your HSTs, positioning them on point.


Cut the 6 squares you have chosen for setting triangles and add them to your layout as shown here. (You will have 1 HST unit left over with this arrangement).


Photograph your arrangement for reference.










Step 3: Fold your dark 5 1/2" squares in half on the bias and press the fold line.


















Position the folded dark triangle on the lower half of each of your HSTs, aligning raw edges with raw edges.



Stitch the raw edges with a scant 1/4" inch along both sides of the base of the unit as shown here.







Step 4: Reposition your "pocket units" using your reference photo from Step 2.


Begin stitching your pocket units in diagonal rows as shown here. Press each diagonal row in the opposite direction from the previous row.


Once all of your "rows" are stitched together, stitch the rows together starting from one corner and working your way across the piece.



Your completed pocket wall hanging is ready to be quilted and bound with a hanging sleeve!


I'm going to use mine to to store several of my smaller notions that I use for making labels and decorations for kits.


Make the HST units large to get deeper pockets for larger storage. Make them smaller to create a wall hanging to hold jewelry. Consider making the "pockets" from a translucent material such as organza in order to be able to see earrings, buttons, or other small items stored in the pockets of your wall hanging.


Next week I'll be showing you this project quilted and bound, ready to hang with all my goodies!


This week I'm so pleased to have Tammy Silvers, from Tamarinis, joining the Summer Scrap Elimination with her beautiful scrap blog! Visit Tammy's Blog to read about scrap weaving on a frame loom. Tammy is an amazing fabric designer for Island Batik and I encourage you to check out her innovative pattern designs, including patterns like Mad Science, Sound Waves, and Boundaries, just to name a few! Find Tammy on Facebook and Instagram @tamarinis



I'm also excited to share with you an upcoming class, I'm hosting a Bootie making class at the end of July to support The Mourning Project. Join Mary Vaneecke on Saturday the 31st of July for a two hour bootie making sew-in with demonstrations on different methods from Mary.


If you save up those black, white, and grey scraps and scrap strips for July, Mary will help you turn them into booties you can donate to The Mourning Project and help bring attention to infant mortality in the U.S.


Sign up today by visiting this page and click on the Book Now button. All proceeds will be donated to the Mourning Project to further the mission.


Thank you all for joining me with week! We'll be back next week with another great quilt plan using small pieces and a unifier fabric. We'll also have a new guest blog from Vasudha Govindan from Storied Quilts! Until next time, Happy Stitching Scrappers!

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