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What’s on the Design Wall: “All the Trimmings”

It is time to follow up on my post No Scrap Left Behind (half square triangle craziness), as I’ve made significant progress on this scrap triangle quilt inspired by the pattern All Sizes in Amanda Jean Nyberg lovely book, No Scrap Left Behind.

I found this images on Pinterest, which I shared in that post, of what the quilt looks like finished:

Image credit: Pinterest

I decided to name my version of this quilt “All the Trimmings” since most of the scrap triangles were donated by other quilters from their block trimmings. Most of the triangles I am using in my version of this quilt were once headed to the landfill (and now they get to be in a quilt!).

The quilt consist of sections of 2 inch x 2 inch half square triangles (HSTs); 2.5″ x 2.4″ HSTs, 3.5″ x 3.5″ HSTs, 4.5″ x 4’5″ HSTs, and finally 5.5″ x 5.5″ HSTs.


HSTs are usually made by some quick method such as placing two squares of fabric together, making a line down the middle, sewing a 1/4 on each side of the line and then cutting apart two completed HSTs.

However I made most of the HSTs the manual hard way by sewing two scrap triangles together and then trimming the block to the required size. But I used up hundreds and hundreds (nearly all of them) of my scrap triangle collection.

I’ve completed three sections of the quilt: 2″x2″, 2.5″x2.5″ and 3.5″x3.5″ and they are up on my design wall.

2020-04-30_08-48-58_848As I mentioned in the post No Scrap Left Behind (half square triangle craziness), I had very few white or super light colored scrap triangles, so I loosely interpreted the HST standard of a light triangle with a dark triangle for contrast.

Towards the end of making enough 3.5″ x 3.5″ HSTs required for the pattern, I ran out of scrap triangles and had to dip into my scrap squares collection (someday to be made into a scrappy quilt):


Then when I got to the point of making 4.5″ x 4.5″ HSTs, I ran out of larger scrap squares, so I had to dip into my Charm Square collection to finish the number of 4.5″ HSTs I needed for the pattern.

2020-04-20_15-19-40_771Just two more sections to go on this quilt; and I will update you again after I get the other two sections completed.


A little follow up the the Postscript from my previous post The Positive People (Surprise Gift).

I discovered a whole display of inspirational rocks painted by kids on my dog walk yesterday that made me smile, thought I would share them with you to close out this post.


34 thoughts on “What’s on the Design Wall: “All the Trimmings””

  1. Love this idea; it’s going to look great. You use such bold colours which is part of what appeals to me! Uplifting.

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  2. Love the quilt. The rocks are awesome. Some of the kids have done chalk art on the fences and one of my older neighbors thought it was vandalism. I had to explain to her (from the side walk while she sat on the porch) that it was all the rage right now with everyone stuck at home.

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  3. Hi Tierney, you’re making great progress on this quilt!… hopefully the larger HST sections will come together quickly. Thanks for sharing the rocks, I’ve been looking when I go for walks but we don’t have many kids in our neighborhood so I’m not sure I’ll have much luck πŸ™‚

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  4. Your quilt is coming along nicely. My scrap bag us growing because of you with hopes of not ending up in the landfill. I love the rocks. Any positive joy we find today will help us through a rough day.


    1. Thanks so much and it is sort of good I did not have enough scrap triangles to finish it as that would have been a ridiculous scrap pile πŸ™‚


  5. Tierney I am a HST girl, so I am loving this quilt. Looking forward to seeing it all together.


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