Waste Not

I have finally had a tiny bit of time to spend working on quilts. With my sweet husband out of town the last couple of weeks, it has been a bit of a juggling act. So, I pulled out a quilt I started last summer. With the re-release of Flea Market Fancy, I picked it back up and started stitching. Then, I started trimming. And the trimming started to bother me. The pretty pieces that I have been hoarding for years (blue tiles! blue seeds!) started to pile up in the ‘waste’ bin.

I looked at the pieces and thought, ‘those must be good for something!’ I started to fiddle with the scraps.


And I realized I could trim these little pieces into already assembled half square triangles. And from there, you are just a couple seams away from pinwheels. So, after a few minutes of trimming and a few minutes of sewing, I came up with this. And there are a lot more scraps to be trimmed!


And just for fun, since I am pretty durn proud of my little salvage project, I would love to do a *little* impromptu giveaway. Guess how big my finished pinwheel block is and leave a little note in the comments. All the correct answers will find their way into a hat and one lucky person will win a Flea Market Fancy charm pack from our little shop.

I’ll close the comments before I head to bed on Wednesday.Happy Guessing!

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88 Responses to Waste Not

  1. 51
    Kathryn says:

    Very cute! I think you have a 5″ x 5″ block there!

  2. 52
    Kimberly says:

    I would guess that it is currently 6.5 inches square. Teeny little pieces you got there!

  3. 53
    Lindsey says:

    I think it is 6 x 6. Very cute!

  4. 54
    Alli says:

    Oh my goodness, those look seriously tiny. I’m guessing you have a 3″ block?

  5. 55
    Anne says:

    Seriously tiny! I’m going to guess it’s a 6×6″ block! Whatever size, it’s wonderful!

  6. 56
    Cecillia says:

    That looks seriously tiny (and super cute!)…I’ll guess 5 inch square

  7. 57
    Michelle says:

    I’m guessing 6″ square — it’s adorable!

  8. 58
    Em says:

    Lovely. And great job not wasting those cute little HSTs. It’s 6×6 inches. Actually, right now it’s 6.5 x 6.5, but it would be 6×6 finished. (Though, I don’t really feel like I’m guessing since that photo up there has your cutting mat grid in it!)

  9. 59
    Em says:

    Wait! I forgot to account for all the seam allowances BETWEEN the pinwheels! It’s even smaller than 6×6. Now, you have me doing quilt math …

  10. 60

    That is so cute! and a great idea. I’m guessing all the HST’s are 1.5″ square, so the block would finish at 6″ square. Is that right??

  11. 61
    Tiara says:

    My guess is 9×9

  12. 62
    Patti says:

    Ha! Was this a test to see if we noticed your cutting mat under the pinwheel??? Very cute block that will finish at 6″—-at least I hope so! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  13. 63
    Marci Girl says:

    I am guessing 3″x3″! So pretty!

  14. 64
    Susan says:

    This is so cute! 6″x6″?

  15. 65
    Kim Moran-Jones says:

    I’m guessing that those squares finish at one inch, making the unfinished block 6.5 x 6.5 inches square. Super awesome

  16. 66
    Melissa says:

    Amazing, I love it! I’m going to say it’s 3×3″. I think the awesome factor is even higher due to what I can only imagine is a an incredible amount of patience that goes into making something so tiny!

  17. 67
    Amy Flora says:

    I guess it’s 6 x 6 :)

  18. 68
    Becky Greene says:

    I think it will finish at 3 x 3 – amazing at any size :-)

  19. 69
    melissa steigerwald says:

    My guess is 6 x 6. Beautiful whatever size though.

  20. 70
    Sharon says:

    VERY cute!!! I’m guessing 6×6″. i’ve been doing something similar in making wonky star blocks…started with bigger ones and then using the scraps up to make smaller ones before cutting more fabric – it’s a fun challenge :-) Your block is beautiful!

  21. 71
    Angie says:

    Looks like a 6.5″ square to me.

  22. 72
    WandaFish says:

    What gorgeous pinwheel scrappiness!!
    I’m guessing that your block is currently 4.25″ and is going to finish at a cute and tiny 3.75″

  23. 73
    becky says:

    I’m going with 5 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ i just did this with a bit of my own….they are such tiny bits and so difficult to iron flat too. lol

  24. 74
    Kelsey says:

    so cute!!! I’m guessing 6″x6″

  25. 75
    eileen says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s 6″x6″ — i’m loving 1/2 square triangles these days

  26. 76
    Linda R. says:

    I think it’s 6 X 6.

  27. 77
    Meghan Romeo says:

    Hhmm, my guess would be 5″ square.
    Those pinwheels are very cute. I would do this, but I’m a tad clumsy so I would probably injure myself trying to iron those! lol!

  28. 78
    Sam Blakesley says:

    My guess is 3.5 in by 3.5 in.

  29. 79
    Addie says:

    I guess 6″ by 6″, very cute!

  30. 80
    Jenelle says:

    I am going to guess it’s a 5″ x 5″ block unfinished. Those look like 1.25″ HSTs to me. :)

  31. 81
    Jamie says:

    Wow, that is super tiny. My guess is 5″ square block.

  32. 82
    Kate says:

    I’m guessing it will finish to 6 inches square. So cute.

  33. 83

    I guess it’s currently 3.5″ x 3.5″. It’s so pretty! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    Best of luck surviving solo! Hope your husband is coming home soon. You can make it! :)

  34. 84
    Betsy McCreary says:

    Darling “salvage” project! 6″x6″?

  35. 85
    Michaela says:

    2″ currently, but will end up at 1.5 X 1.5

  36. 86
    Carol Jordan says:

    I would guess 6 x 6, but it sure is cute.

  37. 87
    Lee says:

    I would say 6 x 6 inches. cute! love those scrappy pinwheels!

  38. 88

    I am going to guess 4.5 inches including the seam allowance (4 inches finished)…that is my final answer….I think. :)