In my original Scrap Busting post, I shared a mystery scrap project I started working on after I finished my scrappy herringbone quilt top. I use the word "mystery" very literally since it was even a mystery to me.
I started out with lots of left over scrappy strips that I turned into scrappy blocks. I then created scrappy HST.
I ended up with 76 scrappy HST that I trimmed to 8 inches. At this point, I still didn't know what I was going to do with them.
I sat down on the floor in my living room with all the HST and just started laying them out. I started trying to be completely random...didn't like it. I then tried arranging them to create diamonds by color...wasn't feeling it. Throughout this process, I started noticing a mirror effect when matched up with it's caddy-corner HST from the original 12.5" blocks paired together to create 4 HST. (Have I lost anyone yet?)
Here's a diagram. Start out with two 12.5" blocks of different colors. Place right sides together with one block turned and sew a 1/4" seam around each outer edge. Use a rotary cutter to cut each diagonal. This gives you 4 HST that measure roughly 8.5". Take the 2 HST that are caddy-corner to each other and sew together to get the mirrored effect. Does that make more sense? I hope so.
Here's what my scrappy flying geese look like.
I have to admit that I love the clean cut mirrored look the diagram gives for the example, but this scrappy mess is also lots of fun. It takes a bit more effort to find the pattern when the strips are all different sizes and not necessarily all the same exact fabric.
I should have the quilt top pieced by this evening. I can now officially say my scraps have been BUSTED!