Monday, 10 August 2015

Having Fun with Bonus HST's

I decided it was time to clean up some of my bonus/ leftover HST's. I pressed and trimmed  forever, at least that's what it felt like.

HST Trimmings
There were quite a few of them, as I just toss them all in a small container. When it gets full it's time to deal with them. That time was now.

1 1/.2 inch HST's


These HST's trimmed up at 1 1/2 inches. There were 108 of them, evenly split between the blacks and the reds. I started playing with them and one thing led to another, next thing I knew I had this cute mini. Just taking time to play can be so much fun.

Minis

It uses 96 of those HST's up, and measures approx 9 x 13. My seam ripper decided it wanted to play too and got into the act on several occasions. Someone might have sewn a couple of the arrows in the wrong direction. Oh well all's good now. 
I'm not sure whether to add a border or  just quilt and bind it the way it is. 

Do you trim up your bonus HST's or are you like me and wait till they pile up?

15 comments :

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

If I am making something that yeilds a lot of bonus HSTs, I tend to go ahead and trim them up as I go. If I only get a couple, they get pushed aside. It doesn't make sense on inspection, but it's what I do. :) I really like how your mini turned out. On whether or not to add a border, I would ask what you plan to do with it. If it is going to be a mini that you can gift or hand up, I'd say leave it as is, but if you want to make it a pillow front, then making it a size for a form would make sense... way to use up some scraps! Speaking of which, do you know about the Oh Scrap! linkup each Sunday @Quilting is more fun than housework?

Tish Stemple said...

With or without boarders, it would make a very cute wall hanging. I do save my extra HST's but so far I haven't done anything with them. Maybe I need to get them out and start playing. Taking your HST's stash from 108 down to 12...I'm clapping. That's quite impressive.

Lara B. said...

How Fun Cindy! I love black and red and cream together. All those little HSTs made a great mini.

Jayne said...

Your little mini is the perfect idea for those pesky leftovers! If I have extras, they will be saved for future use and then trimmed as needed!

Maartje Quilt said...

Great what you did with the left over. I must try that myself. Love to see it finished.

Sandra Walker said...

Oh that turned out so cute! I have a baggie of a bunch of them, some I incorporate into the back of a quilt, and a couple of times I've made something new, like you did here. I agree; it is SO much fun just to freely play with the shapes.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Thanks for the shout out Yvonne!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I always just set my bonus HSTs aside. That way I can trim them up to the size I need when I settle on a project. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Nicky said...

Great way to use up those bonus HSTs - I leave them in a pile until I have a project I'm afraid! Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

Zenia Rene said...

Awww Cindy, that is a cute mini! And I thought my bonus HSTs were small at 3"! I'm planning on doing something w/mine too. I hope my finish comes out as cute as yours! I found you on the WOW linkup.

Jacque said...

This is a great project! I saw you on Quilt Shop Gal's Creative Goodness party!

Kate said...

Very fun. Great way to use up HSTs. I trim mine when I make them. I have a whole bunch that I really should dump out and play with.

Debbie At The Quilt Journal said...

Great job! I tend to leave mine in a big zip-lock baggie from each project they are from, then trim up if I come up with a use for later :)

Debbie At The Quilt Journal said...

Great job! I tend to leave mine in a big zip-lock baggie from each project they are from, then trim up if I come up with a use for later :)

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Your resulting mini is fantastic! I currently have 200 'bonus' HSTs from my recent finish. I definitely square up HSTs before sewing - makes for fewer dates with the seam ripper! Mine are going to go onto a shelf to taunt me for awhile :)