Last month, I took over as the leader of the Bound Together Quilt Guild in O'Fallon. A week from today is the meeting and I'm doing a program on half-square triangle blocks. I've been researching how many different ways they are to make them. Lots more than you would think. I've been cutting and sewing triangles for a week. I have another whole week before the meeting so why not just cut and make some blocks for a real quilt! No problem. It's only going to be a twin.
I've made samples of quite a few different methods, but found one that is suited to my needs of using up my stash with no specific pattern in mind. I can cut strips that I can use for either squares or triangles. For four days I pressed, cut, and stacked strips in 2.5", 3.5" and 4.5" sizes. Most were cut the larger size, as I can always cut them smaller if I need to. I pulled long and fat quarter yards, some half yards, and found little pieces as small as 5x8 inches that I have no idea why I put them back on the shelves. I must have cut up over 100 yards, really, and am still cutting. Sadly, I can't tell anything is missing from my stash.
I found a picture of a quilt online that was just perfect. As I made 4" triangle blocks, I would need more purples or more blues and would press and cut more strips. Since a whole-width strip was too long - I didn't need or want 16 blocks of the same two fabrics - I divided my stacks of strips into full and partial strips.
After I separated the full and partial strips, I decided I needed the lights separated from the darks in the 4.5" stacks for faster coordinating. The front row is the full strips, the back row, the partial strips. From the left, the stacks are 4.5" lights, 2.5". 3.5" and 4.5" darks (mostly).