Tagged: HST

Jul 20

Half Square Triangle Quilt, Part II (67)

I sold  a quilt last month, and within a few hours received a request to make another one just like it.  I’m not usually into making the same quilt twice (unless I am making them both at the same time), but I’m easily flattered :), so I decided to go ahead and make another one.

This quilt was 18 blocks wide and 23 blocks long.  Before washing, it measured 73 inches by 93 inches.  After washing, it shrank down to 69 inches by 89 inches.

The client asked for an aqua color for the background, and I have to admit that I am secretly in love with this color.  It was a perfect fit.  I also used some of the leftover prints to add a little design detail to the back.

She also wanted a scrappy binding, and I agree that it is a great way to frame this quilt.  I wanted it to be somewhat unified, so I went with cool colors for this binding.

Overall, I am so pleased with this quilt.  I used a straight line stitch echoing the vertical and horizontal seams 1/4 inch away from the seams.  I love this quilting style for this type of quilt.

Making a custom quilt was a little bit stressful, but she gave me creative freedom, and I think we were both in agreement about how the quilt should look in the end.  I hope she loves it!

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Feb 16

Workshop in progress

I am linking in with Naptime Quilter’s Workshop in Progress.

First, I would like to say a “Thank You!”  to Cheryl for putting this together.  It has helped me immensely.  All of your advice has been gratefully received.

Two weeks ago, I posted a question about PFD (Prepared for dyeing) fabric, and thank you for all of your comments.  I felt confident cutting into that fabric and was able to begin making my half square triangles.  I am basically doing a “stash buster” where I’m trying to use as much of the fabric I have on hand as possible without going back to the store.  So far, so good 🙂  I have made and squared up all of my HST’s and I have sewn 6 out of 22 rows (of 18) together.

I have also been working on making paper piecing templates for my block “Bursting Star” and a new block “Bursting diamond.”  I hope to have these up in PDF format soon, but I first want to make a whole quilt using these style of blocks, so stay tuned…

And currently in my machine is a project that has been begging to be finished for almost a year.

This quilt was inspired by Red Pepper Quilt’s Modern Flying Geese quilt.  I was stuck at deciding how to quilt this thing.  Meandering?  Some other free motion quilting pattern?  Straight stitch?  A combination?  Well, I’ve started, but I’m not yet complete.  Right now, I just have the two lines next to the top of the triangles.

Quilt Back

I’m still debating on whether to add more lines (and wavy lines) parallel with the zig zag lines, or should I fill in the large zig-zag spaces with free motion meandering?  Either way would look cool on the back, but I think adding more lines would look the best.  The jury is still out.  What do you think?

Edited to add:  I decided just to stick with the two lines of quilting, but I have another question.  What charities are accepting donated quilts?  I think I might just donate this one…