Family day, no sewing.

Today was about hanging out with the family, so no sewing happened.  But I did sew yesterday.

You have heard me say I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to quilting projects.   Not that I don’t finish, but I tend to be easily and often distracted by something new and exciting.  And sometimes in pulling out stuff I come across a started project and it grabs me.  Yay!  Those blue and white HSTs grabbed me and I have been thinking about them and what to do.  Originally I was thinking about a medallion quilt.  A center block with lots of borders, something like this…

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But then I have seen some cool Navajo style quilts…

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and that intrigued me even more.  There are so many cool borders and row pattern possibilities.  Doing a row at a time seems a pretty good way to have a natural break, where that part is complete, and I can put it away with some satisfaction.

I just wanted a start to finish project for yesterday while I had a friend over sewing together.  She is just a beginning quilter and I am happily her enabler. When I pulled out all my blue fabric (yup there’s lots),

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and my friend saw what appeared to be the beginning of a quilt she said ” Hey, you are starting a new one, so that means you have all your incompletes done?” I laughed and laughed.  As I said, she’s a new quilter and doesn’t know much about having many UFOs in your repertoire.  But this one has been in my started pile, in it’s own little case, for probably 2 years, so it is probably time.

I started in my favorite way… sketching borders on graph paper.  Then I made a bunch of HSTs.  (doesn’t make sense to calculate exact amounts does it? you can always use them in something else.)  the layout looked good…

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dsc03870I made it 40″ so that I can finish it with white at the ends.  That length set the standard for all the future rows.

That’s my make story for yesterday.  Hopefully doing a row at a time will inspire me to try a few new techniques and create something fun.

 

 

Hsts

Not the scary old harmonized sales tax, the fun and versatile half square triangles.  I love them!

But first, how I got to this point.

I have a quilty friend, well more than a friend, she’s the one who’s charisma made me decide to join my Modern quilt guild.  And she is a fountain of quilty knowledge and support. You can find her at handwroughtquilts@wordpress.com. She retired as our guild president at the end of 2016 and as a thank you for all her hard work over the years, we all cut 2.5″ squares to give her.  Some might think that’s a funny present, but she was thrilled.  She loves 2.5″ squares. Here’s my contribution…(she’s a rainbow lover too).

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That got me thinking, what do I get as excited about?  I do love 5″ squares, often called charm squares.  Often precut and found in a charm pack. Great name! But when I think of precut squares of any kind…I think about making them into HSTs.  That gets me excited! HSTs are so versatile and give so much more movement and potential shapes to a quilt.

A few years ago I drew out and systematically put together this quilt top.  Sadly it is waiting in the closet to be quilted one day.

dsc03838 Another quilt I made with a Charm pack gifted to me from a friend; you have seen before.

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These tiny 1″ HSTs came together in a tiny doll quilt that you can see at quimperhitty@wordpress.com.

And every time you put two squares together, you can make 2 HSTs.

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Or if you sew a square onto a corner, sew a 2nd seam and then you have left over HSTs for something in the future or to use in the same quilt like this.

I even have a little box where I collect them for ??? I am sure I will find a use someday.

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The little blue and white stack is for a medallion border on a sort of started blue and white quilt.  I have so many quilts on the go, it is just silly!  I will really try to finish some of them this year before starting new ones, sometimes I just get a new idea into my head and start pulling and cutting fabric.

Well that’s a peek into my brain today.  Thanks for reading.

Ugly colour?

I don’t like getting up early! I do it begrudgingly on a regular basis, but enjoy my 7:30 “sleep-in” when I can.   Then along comes excitement about playing with fabric, and a challenge put forth, and I was up just after 6:00 the day after my guild meeting.  I just couldn’t comfortably doze when my brain was sorting through my fabric stash looking for matches to an “ugly fabric” that I received at a MQG http://www.mqgvictoria.com/ guild meeting.  We all came to the meeting with an unmarked paper bag with a  fabric in the bag that we determined to be ugly and why had we ever bought it.  At the end of the meeting we all took home a different bag, and voila!

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Not my taste, but not all that bad.  Now, the challenge put out was to make something with this and up to 4 other fabrics.  Prizes to be awarded for best two projects.

I am not competitive in many things, but this challenge got me excited.  There was no way this fabric was going to “disappear in amongst other fabric, so I decided to take the colour lead of the fabric designer. I started pulling fabrics…

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Now how to play this one?  I love HSTs and with limited time I decided to go with a chevron design.  Graph paper and pencil to calculate size of squares to cut-4″-was the winner.

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These soon became a big stack of half square triangles.

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And the layout looks decent.

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I love working on a small project.  It can come together so fast.

Top done today.  I am satisfied so far.  I think it’s fun.  Not my best palette, but I didn’t have to buy any fabric and the solids are pretty true to the print.  Somebody might like this.

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Now to plan the quilting.  Which again is much more fun when it’s small like this-30″x 36″.  That will be next weekend.