Thursday, September 07, 2017

Bountiful Triangle Booty!!

I went to bed last night with my mind still in gear.

And sometimes that means I don’t sleep so well!  I waited until about 5:30am to finally allow myself to crawl out and get my day going.

I showered.  I headed downstairs as quietly as I could. (Sometimes not so silent on pine stairs!)

There was something I was aching to try with Janet Plotkin’s Booty ruler for trimming bonus triangles.

Did you see it on yesterday's post?

What if it wasn’t bonus triangles you were trimming at all?

What if we could cut bias strips, sew the pairs of strips on both long edges and then cut?

I’ve seen similar methods before.  But the units always ended up with the bias on the OUTSIDE of the unit and I’m not really a fan of bias on the outside of a square unless it is unavoidable as in a string pieced block.
I also don’t like the idea of the yardage on my shelf, or fat quarters in my bins having a tapered bias cut on the edge to deal with later.  It’s just not great for folding and putting away. I like my yardage squared off at the end.

Maybe I *AM* just a bit OCD?

And then it hit me.


What if I started with 2 10’’ squares?

I quickly pulled a couple that I didn’t mind experimenting with out of the basket.  Let’s give this a try!


Because I’m lazy this way!

Accuquilt time.

I placed the squares right sides together and fed them through with the 2’’ die.  I’m going for a 2’’ finished half square triangle unit – so I start with a 2’’ strip.  The unit will measure 2 1/2’’ AFTER trimming.


Sew the paired strips on BOTH long edges.

Some strips are longer than others, feed them all through.  Both sides.

Press to set the seams and to make sure strip sets lay flat before trimming.


I started with one short corner piece first!

And then I went for it.


Cutting triangles from already sewn strip sets!

I found my units came out a few threads better if I put the 2’’ finished line just ABOVE the seam line on my strip set to allow for turning of the cloth and the height of the seam.


Up and down and up and down the strip set I went!


There will be a few stitches in the corner, but those just lift right out with a wiggle.


Oh, Janet!  You’ve got something here!


20 2 1/2'' Booty Units  that will finish at 2'' from strips - all from a pair of 10’’ squares!

4 bonus booty from the short ends where I couldn’t get a full sized cut.

These will finish at 1 1/2’’ and go into some OTHER project at some point.

Along with my love of working from my Scrap User’s System and the Essential Triangle Tool, this is definitely a technique I will use in the future!

More experimentation is needed for other sizes, and I don’t know about yield for other sizes when cut from 10’’ squares –but as most of us have a love/hate relationship with half-square triangles, and our machines all behave differently when sewing them, I’m hoping this will help some who struggle.

Rulers are on order.  I plan to write a pdf instruction sheet that will be downloadable via email upon purchase.  Stay tuned for that.

There is more than one way to skin a cat make a booty-load of triangles!


Last night’s View From My Hoop!


I am in love with this quilt all over again.

We moved to Irmo, South Carolina in 2003.  Not long after that I started teaching a Dear Jane class once a month at a local shop, and these were my demo blocks –this quilt NEEDS to be completed.  going on 15 years here – it’s been long enough in the percolator.


Yes, there is a fire burning!

It’s nippy this morning in the cabin.  A brisk 47 degrees as I write this, and I’ve been up for 2 1/2 hours now and it has warmed up a bit. 


I may need to make a trip back down today – the Quiltville Eco-Pouches have arrived at the depot and I wasn’t expecting them yet.  I really didn’t want this back and forth driving 2 hours each way, so I will be calling to see if they can hold the shipment for me until Monday.

I’m so excited to hold these in my hands.  Wild & Goosey and Box Kite from the Addicted to Scraps book are now printed on these wonderful zipper bags made of recycled water bottles!  Cute, cute, cute!  I know what all of the girls in my family are getting for Christmas this year.  LOL.

I’ll keep you up to date with what happens with the pick up.  They will also be in the store as soon as they are in-house.


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Leader & Ender Lozenge quilt shared during our July Utah workshops
Pattern found under the free patterns tab.

No matter what the situation we have the power to choose whether it will bring out the best or the worst in us.

If I have to make another trip to go get this shipment, I’ll find a way to make a fun experience out of it.

I could always throw in an antique mall on the way, right?

Have a great Thursday, everyone!

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  1. As soon as you said you would make something fun out of your trip, I thought antique mall....how funny!!

  2. That ruler does look useful and those zip bags would be ideal for so many things. I will be watching for when they are in the store to purchase.

  3. Bonnie, I too had a non-sleep evening. I got up, took a shower and went to my computer to find today's post already there. It does help to be 3 hrs ahead, tee he he! I too am looking forward to the Booty ruler. I have tons of 10" squares. What a great way to use them.

    I pray that the Hubster is feeling okay after his dental work. Sometimes it takes a while. Been on the caring end of that situation.

    We in Oregon had a better day on the South Coast. Not quite the smokiness of the last several days. Looks like fall is here in several places in the US.

    Have a blessed day! Cindy

  4. Wonderful post to show us how you channel your thoughts toward productivity. Keep moving forward. Oooh, great idea and use for Janet's Booty Ruler ! I love your creative mind. I cannot wait to try the two 10" square technique. I've got a project in mind and thank you for spurring me on. Since Janet is a friend it was fun to beta test for her. So, I've got one and will get started today I'm sure. Yippee on your eco bags -- super cute. As always, the quote hits home and I'm waiting to see how your trip to pick up product turns into something more. Much love and respect, Allison Bayer, Plano, Texas USA

  5. Thanks for another use for the New Ruler. The eco-bags look cute. Antique Mall on the way home sounds good. My thought was a Quiltville Live while you free the machine. Lol

  6. I know this wasn't planned, but thanks for including the pic of your quilt ladder.
    My daughter gave me one, but I couldn't figure out the best way to hang quilts on one. Now thanks to your pic, I know how to do it! YEA!!!

  7. Just have to say it, you are a genius! I just may find triangles as doable now! This is AMAZING!!

  8. I love the idea of that triangle tool as well as your bags! I need to start your scrap user's system and get my fabric piles addressed. Thank you Bonnie for being who you are! We love you!

  9. Wow! Thank you Bonnie, your creative genius makes us all better quilters. And, yes, the line on the ruler needs to sit on top of the seam line, good catch. In the video I explain that the seam line does not even have to be straight. You Tube search for Booty Ruler, and be sure to choose the one by Janet Plotkin.


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  13. Hello Bonnie I love your blog. I love the view from your hoop quilt. The Dear Jane quilt in the hoop. The colors and the design are amazing. I am hoping the pattern will be included in one of your books or on your blog. I will be following your patterns, books and adventures as always.

  14. Another ruler I just must have:-). I have sewn HST with this method before (although with strips cut straight of grain). It were the best, most accurate HST's I've ever sewn. Why didn't I think of cutting the strips on the bias? I am SO glad you did! And share with us!

  15. I like the way you think - more than one way to skin a cat.

  16. How about using extra bias cut binding strips?



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