We got our next clue for Allietare this morning - still using the constant gray, but it's now time to crack into the reds.
Today's pieces could either be made with rectangles and squares, forming flippy corners, or by using the Companion Angle ruler combined with the Easy Angle ruler. Now I like flippy corners as much as the next quilter, but the waste really bothers me. If the bonus triangles from the corners aren't going to be a useful size, I generally will opt for the rulers. Waste not, want not, and all that.
I grabbed some reds and my rulers and got right to work. My selection of that color has really improved since last July when the RSC made me realize I had almost none. Now I've got a healthy stack to choose from. And as long as I had them out, I cut extra strips in sizes I use - 1.5", 2.5", and 3.5", as well as 2" strips for Allietare. I started to just cut what I needed for today's clue, then decided that I'd do extra 2" ones, since Bonnie uses a lot of 2" strips and squares. If I don't need them for this quilt, they'll just go into stock.
So, I cut 2" strips and stacked them up, ready to cut the pieces for clue 2. (The fabrics are upside down as I find it's easier for me to see them that way - higher contrast between the fabric and the cutting mat helps a lot.)
Then, just because of my natural minginess, I used my easy angle ruler
to cut the end of the strips to prepare it for using the companion angle ruler. This way the end is a usable HST measuring to 2" (unfinished) instead of waste.
Bonnie hasn't called for any red HSTs yet, but I figure it's a real possibility, so why not be practical and efficient at the same time?
After cutting my four matching trapezoids (or decapitated geese, as Bonnie referred to them), I used the easy angle again to square off the end.
And that little bit at the end looked like it would yield another couple of triangles
with very little waste, so I cut them, too, and set them aside for later.
Here's some of those decapitated geese.
And here they are with the neutral rectangles added.
And a couple more sets on the way.
Four out of 20 finished, 2 more on the way, and I've been cutting more 2" strips of neutral backgrounds. (Which I would have done when I had those fabrics out to cut strips for HSTs, if only I'd known. I cut extras of the reds I handled today, and I plan to continue doing extras when I start with the golds and blacks. I can always use 2" strips (piglets!) (sawtooth stars!), so I might as well stock up.) These will keep me busy this coming week, as well as the rest of the HSTs (I still need 100+ of those!), not to mention my actual REAL projects.
I have to chuckle when I recall someone who should have known me better once asked me 'What on earth are you going to do with yourself when you retire? You're going to be so bored...'
Linking up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework, since this is a scrappy-all-over project! Come join the fun!
And also linking up to the Allietare Linky Party at Bonnie's place! Lots and lots of decapitated geese!