Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Block 40 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

6" Scrappy Foundation Paper Pieced half square triangles quilt block from the Year of Scrappy Triangles at Sewn by Leila Gardunia - free quilt block tutorial pattern


Hi there! Here is Block 40 in the Year of Scrappy Triangles. I can't believe we are up to 40 already! Only 11 more. Crazy.

This is another block that is perfect for using up strips of all lengths and widths. So many strips - yet there are still so many strips in my strip pile! I think they are multiplying. :)

6" Scrappy Foundation Paper Pieced half square triangles quilt block from the Year of Scrappy Triangles at Sewn by Leila Gardunia - free quilt block tutorial pattern


How are you guys feeling about these Scrappy Triangles? At the beginning, a couple people asked if we would continue through 100. Anyone still want to do that? Or have you gotten your fill? I don't know if I am up for 48 more weeks of posting, but I would consider writing a pattern for the remaining 48 blocks if there was interest. Significant interest. So let me know what you think.

Is anyone interested in a Scrap Busting Block of the Month next year? Or a foundation paper pieced BOM? Or more tiny foundation paper pieced patterns? (See my first Tiny Piecing Collection here.) I'm starting to look forward into fall and 2019 and want to do something that would be enjoyable and useful for all of us.

Leave a comment and let me know what you need! Thanks!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Block 39 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

Block 39 - Year of Scrappy Triangles, foundation paper pieced 6" HST quilt block patterns

Have you ever had one of those days/weeks? I have. So this week we are making a super simple Scrappy Triangle. Just give the center section a good pin to avoid it slipping around and have fun piecing!



I also wanted to let everyone know how much I appreciated their support during the launch of the Tiny Piecing Collection. (The picture above is of the 2" Scrappy Triangles in the collection.) It was a huge success and I hope everyone is enjoying their patterns. Haven't seen it yet? You can check out the new collection of mini Scrappy Triangles and Scrappy Strips in my Etsy Shop. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Block 38, Giveaway Winner, and New Tiny Piecing Collection!


Before we get to this week's block, let's draw a winner from all of the people who finished the first 36 quilt blocks in the Year of Scrappy Triangles.
And the winner is Penny! (@Imatopper) 
Congrats! I'll get your bundle of fabrics in the mail.


Now on to this week's block. I'm not going to lie. I think I could have done better with my fabric choices. There is a cute little framed area that is great for putting a fussy cut motif, but somehow....

That's ok. Not every block needs to be my favorite and it will look just fine mixed in with the others. Here's the download, but keep reading, because I've got some great news!





Edited: The Tiny Piecing Collection is now Available!
You can find all the patterns in my Etsy Shop!

A few months ago, I started playing around with the idea of making tiny Scrappy Triangles. How small could I make them?

I drafted 16 tiny 1" Scrappy Triangles, then drafted some more in 2" and 3". Then came the 1" and 2" Scrappy Strips. I'm calling this set of patterns The Tiny Piecing Collection and they are going to be available Thursday (6/28)! Let me give you a sneak peek at this new collection!


Here are some of the 2" Scrappy Triangles. There are templates for 18 triangles in this set and I think they are the cutest thing ever. The great thing about these triangles is that you can use your smallest scraps to make them.


The Scrappy Strips are simply a row of Scrappy Triangles sewn together as one unit. Sewing them this way speeds the piecing and reduces bulk from seam allowances. In addition to strips of Scrappy Triangles, there are also striped and abstract strips in each Scrappy Strip set.

Plus, each set of templates comes with a pattern for a bonus quilt block or other small project. Here is the quilt block made with the 2" Scrappy Strips.



I always think it is fun to see behind the scenes shots, so here is a picture of my photo shoot set up. Yup, that is my ancient cutting board being used as a background for the 3" Scrappy Triangles on my deck. That's how the pros do it. ;)

The Tiny Piecing Collection with be available Thursday! (6/28) You will be able to find the patterns in my Etsy Shop.  They are instant pdf downloads, so you will be able to get started right away!

I am going to have the whole collection on sale the first week, plus my Newsletter Friends are going to get a coupon code that they can use ON TOP of the sale price. Sweet! It's not to late to sign up. Just click here and you'll get the bonus coupon code in your email.

I've really appreciated your interest and support of the Year of Scrappy Triangles, and I can't wait to share this new collection with you!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Block 37 - Year of Scrappy Triangles


Hello! Here is Block 37 in the Year of Scrappy Triangles. This block eats up all your extra 2" strips and mid-sized square scraps. I could have made 10. Why are there so. many. scraps?




I have been so impressed with all of the blocks that I have seen on Instagram! It's fun to see the same pattern interpreted in so many ways. I was thinking we need to have a giveaway for everyone who has made the first 36 blocks. To enter, take a picture of your 36 blocks and post it on social media. You can either lay out all of your blocks to take the picture or use an app that lets you make a mosaic of individual pictures you have taken. Next Tuesday I will randomly select a entry and they will win this fun bundle of low volume fabric and zipper pouch.

To enter:
1. Take a picture of your 36 Scrappy Triangle blocks
2. Post to social media
3. For Instagram use #yearofscrappytrianglesgiveaway so I will be able to tell you posted it.
4. For Facebook, you can post it on your timeline and tag me - Leila Gardunia (you really need to show it off to your friends!) Or you can post it on my page facebook.com/sewnbyleila 
5. If you are on neither platform, email me your picture (leila.gardunia@gmail.com)
6. Pictures must be posted by Tuesday morning (5/26)

If you are super far behind, no worries! You can totally catch up in an afternoon or two. They really do go quickly. Good luck! I can't wait to see your blocks!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Block 36 - Year of Scrappy Triangles



Hello, friends! I just got back from spending the last week at my church's Girls Camp. It was so much fun and it's taken me a few days to get use to "real life" again - though I'm not missing the ticks. :)

I can't believe that we are on block 36! I think this calls for a giveaway next week for everyone who is up to date on their first 36 blocks. So catch up this week, if you need to, and I'll give you more giveaway details next Tuesday.


This week's Scrappy Triangle is a log cabin like block. It's simple to piece and I love the classic shape. Have fun making it!


You can find links to all of the Scrappy Triangle Blocks here.
See other people's Scrappy Triangles on Instagram with the #yearofscrappytriangles.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Block 35 - Year of Scrappy Triangles


Hi! I'm posting a bit early this week, because tomorrow I am leaving for a week at our church's Girls Camp. While I am swimming and swatting mosquitoes, have fun making this block! It is a good one. Look at all those stripes!


Dig out those narrow strips and get piecing. 
You can find links to all the blocks here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Block 34 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

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I used scraps of one of my favorite fabrics in this week's quilt block - the print with the little dala horses and nesting dolls. My brother, who is stationed in Japan, brought it home for me a few years ago. I am still looking for the perfect project to use it in, but I am glad I was able to use some in these Scrappy Triangles.

This block is similar to some other zig-zag blocks we have made in the past, but not exactly the same. As we close out the year, more of the foundation paper pieced blocks are going to be variations of earlier blocks.


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And like other blocks, there are some fun secondary patterns when multiples are placed together. I really like the design when the quilt blocks are placed like this. Almost like reflected mountains. Click below to download the pattern. Happy sewing!


You can find all block templates here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Block 33 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

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High School graduation is over, there are only two more days of school for the other kids, and then summer will be here for real. Crazy! ... I'm hoping I don't go crazy. Ha!

This week I have a block with a bit of summer sunshine for you. Great for all of those smaller strips. Enjoy!


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You can find links to all of the Scrappy Triangle block patterns here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Year of Scrappy Triangles - Block 32


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This has been a crazy week! My oldest daughter is graduating from high school in two days and all of the lead up to it (concerts, awards assemblies, last minute projects) has been draining. Who knew that an 18 year old could be more work than a 5 year old?

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I need some sewing time to recharge! Time to make some more Scrappy Triangles!


Click here to find all the block patterns.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Year of Scrappy Triangles - Block 31

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Hello! I hope you are all doing well. I was just telling my husband last week that I had been super lucky this winter and hadn't gotten sick hardly at all. Then two days later, I came down with a cold and can't hardly speak. That'll teach me. :) Thankfully, I am on the mend and hope to be able to get back to my sewing machine this week.

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I love this week's Scrappy Triangle. It is simple to make and four of them together make a great secondary pattern. I hope you have fun making it and stay healthy and safe!


You can find links to all the other Scrappy Triangles here.
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