I often find that when I write about a situation I'll come up with a solution. Anyway, that's what I'm hoping for today ...
Earlier this month I wrote about my plans for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2022 using the block from Labor Day Madness that is in this book.
I love almost all of the quilts in this book and its sequel More Nickel Quilts. However, I have an issue with the concept of starting with 5" charm squares in that many of the patterns require multiples of a single fabric. How many store-bought charm packs have four of the same fabric? Or if you have participated in a charm swap, how often do you get multiples of the same fabric?
My initial solution was to cut the required number of charm squares from some of my larger chunks of scrap fabrics. And since I've already assembled quite a pile of potential candidates ...
... I thought I would devote today to cutting and kitting blocks to be made whenever that particular color is called for in the challenge. But here's the rub: In many of the patterns in these two books, the first step is to cut the 5" square into smaller pieces! Knowing that, I decided to do a test run on a single block today to see if there might be a more effective way to cut the scraps I have chosen.
Right off the bat I could see that the side rectangles and center square of the background fabric could be more efficiently cut from strips. I will still need two 5" squares of background to make the combination HST units, but I won't be trimming about 1/2" off two sides of two squares and throwing away three-fourths of a third square.
Because the units and the finished block end up with 8th inch measurements, my next challenge is to see if I can change some of the dimensions to see if I can come up with nice round halves or least fourths of an inch.
The fun part of this process is that the combination units yield a second set of HSTs that "spin" in the opposite direction.
I will use these to test my theory and report back soon.