Quilt Finish: Remainders

I’ve been on a bit of a roll with putting quilts on the longarm.  I hope that can continue.

I had a little time the other night and thought I would go up and bind one that’s now in the binding pile.  Remainders was my pick…why?  I had leftover backing fabric sitting out that needed to be put away but it was the perfect color for the binding…so I cut it and started binding.  What can I say…I’m a little bit lazy and didn’t want to start overthinking the binding.


Many of you already know I’m a machine binder.  I like my couch sitting projects to be cross-stitching so that means I need to machine bind.

Here it is all finished…

I’ve said before that I went out of my typical quilt style when I made this one.  Remainders is from the book No Scrap Left Behind by Amanda Jean Nyberg.  Find the book HERE.

The premise of the quilt is to use up leftover bonus or half-square triangles from other projects.

I had a bunch leftover after I made this quilt…When I snowballed the corners, I made bonus triangles.  You can find this free pattern HERE.

The problem was…I didn’t have enough triangles.  I think the original pattern calls for 720!!  I went through other bags of triangles and pulled more.  There are some big brown ones with a pink heart.  Those are from a blog reader.  My criteria for picking went like this…

Must be one of these colors:
pinks to reds
teal blue
brown or tans


Using the bonus triangles in this was GREAT.  I didn’t have to square up the pieces at all…and notice.  Some triangles are bigger than others.  I think it’s all part of the cute, quirkiness of it.


I had two different muslins that were close in color…not a perfect match but super close.  I used them up and then had to go on and buy another muslin.  It all works…

This is the brown I used for the binding…

…and the backing.

I did get a little creative with the backing.  This was a thrift store find fabric for $3.  I added some extra to make it all work.  Quirky, but okay.  I have ZERO leftovers.

The extra bonus triangles went into this block.  The teal is a piece I completely used up.  I’m so happy as the point of making this was to USE IT UP!!


I love when I can take pieces of “nothing” and turn them into something.  This is probably one of the cheapest quilts I’ve made.  I think the original muslin was from the thrift store and it’s hard to calculate the cost of bonus triangles…and my backing and binding were only $3.  How fun!!

An off white thread with a simple stipple for the win…

I’m excited to have this one finished!!  Now I’m off to find the book No Scrap Left Behind by Amanda Jean Nyberg ( Find the book HERE)  this pattern came from and see what else is there that I might want to make.

26 thoughts on “Quilt Finish: Remainders

    1. Candie

      I love your thought process in making a quilt, especially the back. This quilt is beautiful, I don’t know if I could have the patience in picking out and cutting up that many triangles and then fitting them into a row.
      Beautiful, beautiful beautiful. Next time I am at the fair admiring all those quilts and looking for their squares and how they put it together, I will think a little bit more into their thought process because of this quilt.

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  1. Kate

    Great finish! It looks great and I like fact that you use different sized HSTs in it. It adds a good dimension. It doesn’t seem like this one took you any time at all.

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  2. Carla

    That’s an awesome quilt made from the remnants of quilts that have gone before! I love it, and the joy you feel definitely came through on your post. I’ll just come right out and ask a question since you have mentioned much. How are you feeling? I sure hope you are very improved. I know exactly what it feels like to have a mouth covered in canker sores thanks to a beyond nasty case of Strep. I haven’t been able to stop worrying about your poor mouth.

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  3. Glenda Fletcher

    I like your idea of using up leftovers. Is always fun and impressive. I do the same with my backings as you did. Looks great. I liked your blog on you telling us your process of how you started cross stitching to now. Thank you. Looking forward to learning to cross stitch on linen from your class doing Blessed.

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  4. Lynn C. (NJ)

    Remainders is a beautiful quilt! I like the way you limited your colors so the quilt is more cohesive. Very good idea.
    I have that book and I love it. The author is so clever with her scraps in ways that are different than most other books. Anyone who can’t throw away even the smallest pieces can make this quilt. It’s on my list.

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  5. Patty

    I have a quilt’s worth of blocks that I would like to donate. It was MSQC Star BOM from 2020.
    Would be happy to mail to anyone who finishes for donation quilts.

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  6. Sharon Browne

    I love this quilt and the idea behind it, mainly using odd bonus HSTs, leftover muslin and thrift store bargains! But it was a great idea to limit your color palette too. Since you said it was almost a “free” quilt, I was wondering if you had also pieced your batting too.

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  7. Erena Rieflin

    Great looking quilt! Since you used different size HST, did you use the same width muslin strips and then trimmed them down to the same size?
    Thank you!

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  8. Becky

    I haven’t ever been able to throw away any HSTs or bits and pieces, so I should have a plenty to try this…you made me buy the book, ya know? Lol

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  9. Terri in BC

    Lovely quilt! When I use leftover triangles or strips from other quilts, I consider them “free” when I’m calculating the cost of my quilt. Same when friends give me scraps. When I did Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay, it only “cost” me $10 for the white borders strip and the binding. Every else was “free”. I can’t wait to try this pattern.

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  10. Sandra Lanter

    Just want to tell you that I read where you just fold your binding over as you sew it on to the quilt, so I tried your method and it worked fine….thanks for the tip….saved me the time of ironing the binding in half. I also machine bind, but I sew it onto the back and flip to the front and sew.

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  11. Linnea

    What a fun quilt! I’m going to look into machine seeing binding on to quilts as I do not enjoy stitching by hand. I prefer to tie my quilts with embroidery floss or stitch in the ditch quilt them. I’m always amazed at all the different and unique quilting styles and patterns.

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  12. Judith Fairchild

    Your quilt makese think of the page of flags in the old encyclopeda Brititanica my folks had wheni was growing up. I’ve looking at that page of flags and studying the color commands and patterns. It’s a great quilt in everyway.

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  13. Sharon F

    Your quilt is beautiful, and I love the pieced backing. How cool that it is all made from scraps and leftovers! That takes true creativity.

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