Sometimes I think it’s not physically possible for me to get rid of fabric scraps. There’s always a chance I might find some use for even the smallest of pieces, and I end up saving them and sorting them by colour and size.
Usually those scraps end up in the EPP hexagon quilt, but some time back I suddenly felt like piecing things using the machine, and decided that triangles would be a good idea. I pulled out some of the scraps and then chose some low volume fabric to pair the scraps with.
I chain-pieced the half square triangles (or HSTs) without deciding on a final pattern. I still find the name HST a bit odd, even after following quilting blogs and admiring pretty Instagram feeds for years. It’s basically a square cut diagonally, so you get two triangles from it. (For the more geometry-minded, it’s an isosceles right triangle — a 90° triangle with two sides with the same length.) There are faster methods to making the blocks, usually by stitching two squares together and then slicing them up, but I wanted the pairs to be in as many different combinations as possible, so no shortcuts for me.
One thing about HSTs that I find not very fun is squaring up the blocks. Just look at that pile of trimmings! I suppose it’s one of those inevitable things. It also doesn’t seem to matter how accurately I cut the triangles — the square block always finishes up a bit off. I’ve learned that it’s best to cut them a bit larger and then trim than trying to get the perfect square from piecing them together.
I decided to have the light-coloured pieces point in the same direction, and ended up with this configuration. I pulled out the blocks randomly from a pile before arranging them in a row, sometimes shifting them around when two blocks with the same colour were next to each other.
Those two panels became the main body of a simple flat zippered pouch. The patchwork panels were interfaced (but not quilted) and I added a PVC leather accent to the bottom and used it for the zip tabs as well. The lining is a dark brown fabric with flowers. It turned out pretty well, don’t you think?
The pouch is available in my Etsy shop now. I still have quite a few more HST blocks unused, so I might make another!