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    Default Snowballing and fabric waste.

    I am finding I dislike snowballing beyond a 2.5 inch corner because the waste bothers my frugal heart. Yet I find snowballing an easy technique. Any solutions to the cognitive dissonance?

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    Default Re: Snowballing and fabric waste.

    Sew another seam about 1/2" in the "waste" and save it as a HST piece. Soon you'll have a bunch of HST to put together in a block.
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    Default Re: Snowballing and fabric waste.

    I do what seaturtle advised. Before you know it you'll have pieces you can use in another project.
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    Default Re: Snowballing and fabric waste.

    Or keep snowballing and end up with teeeeeeny tiny bits of waste...? I like the idea of using the waste for HSTs....great idea. Now feeling a weeee bit guilty about not "upcycling" my snowball waste

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    Default Re: Snowballing and fabric waste.

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Newbie View Post
    I am finding I dislike snowballing beyond a 2.5 inch corner because the waste bothers my frugal heart. Yet I find snowballing an easy technique. Any solutions to the cognitive dissonance?
    I like your frugalness and thought the same thing. The last time I used this technique it was with 1 1/2 inch squares. I saw all those snips of triangles and thought that it was such a waste. So I started sewing those little scraps together. My finished block was very small probably about 1 inch with a 9 patch of hst's. It was a lot of work to save the scraps so I ditched the idea. However this thread I have read some really great ideas for a solution. Thanks for asking.

    Everyone, thanks for your good ideas too!

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    Default Re: Snowballing and fabric waste.

    When I did the Pinwheels on point, I did the resew along the line and kept the cuts for the border as she did. It was a large pile of them.

    So if you kept them... depending on the size, you could have plenty for projects, borders, mug rugs or baby/crib quilts in no time. I like the idea of using them in borders the most.

    LOL... Jenny must have a tub full of them by now from videos. Maybe she will do a tutorial on projects to put them in one day.

    But, to be completely honest... tossing tiny scraps of triangles has never really bothered me.
    Last edited by kensington; February 6th, 2016 at 05:27 PM.

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    Default Re: Snowballing and fabric waste.

    I sew that second seam 1/2" away on anything that is going to give me a HST bigger that 2". Anything that is going to be smaller than two inches hits the trash. I have a basket of 2", 2.5" and 3" HST that came from either snowballing or flying geese. I mainly use them in borders. Bonnie Hunter once said that 2" square piece of fabric cost the same thing as that 1 yd piece so save it and use it. Once I got in the habit of reaching into those baskets for those scraps I find I waste very little.

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    Default Re: Snowballing and fabric waste.

    I grew up sewing clothing and never thought about it. These little 2 1/2'' pieces would drive me crazy to save.



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    Default Re: Snowballing and fabric waste.

    I do like sea turtle. I have made some darling doll quilts with those half square triangles.

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    Default Re: Snowballing and fabric waste.

    Thank you. I am thrilled I asked. Any snowball 2.5 or less , I will without compunction toss. But any bigger than that I will do the seam in the waste and collect HSTs. I lik the idea of using these for borders. Thanks.

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