Exciting things are happening around here! Last weekend was a big weekend for my Color Block Quilt, it was featured in a Craftsy blog post by Lindsay Conner. I am in great company and am thrilled that Lindsay asked if she could include my quilt in her post. Additionally, the past two weeks have brought awesome news to my inbox that means January is shaping up to be a very fun month around here.
After last year’s self imposed Christmas rush, I am giving myself a break and only making one quilt this year. I have a few other smaller handmade projects in mind, but I am not going to attempt to churn out three quilts (remember the Beast, Plus, and Cats?). It was not good for my sanity! I am in the middle of working on my single Christmas quilt so I cannot share too much, but here is a sneak peek of the color palette I am using.
Color Block was the last quilt that I finished, a quilt with only 10 pieces so when I cut over 432 pieces for my next quilt this weekend my shoulders were not happy with me. I cannot wait to share this quilt with you in December. I only have 12 blocks pieced and I am already in love!
Each of the 27 blocks has 16 pieces to keep organized so I resorted to labeled zip top bags to keep things straight. I have A-P for my left facing blocks and a matching set for my right facing blocks.
How do you keep yourself organized which large projects?
I never realized how versatile half square triangles (HST) were until I was given an assignment at our February Philly MQG meeting; both in the endless combinations they can be put together to make a block and the many ways they can be made. For the assignment, we paper pieced them for accuracy. Paper piecing (without the paper – just drawing on the fabric) is my favorite, new way to do HST!
I have done HST in the past, for the round and round quilt, but I was following a pattern and wasn’t exposed to the endless possibilities!
The Philly MQG is working on a charity quilt to benefit the Waldorf School, who generously allows us to use their classroom space gratis for meetings and sewing nights. Each member was given two sets of fabric: a small piece of print fabric and a larger amount of celery green fabric to make a HST block of our choosing. The only rules were that 4 blocks had to have the print fabric and all 16 blocks had to have the celery. The remaining fabric could be anything from our stash – single or multiple fabrics.
I set out to make the blocks and could not decide which designs of block I liked. I put the group of four out into the social media world and ended up with two clear winners – though I think I could have continued playing with the HST for hours!
What is your favorite method of making HST? Do you change it up or consistently work with one method? If you have not tried paper piecing them, Quilt.com has great printable templates.
My first Christmas gift has been delivered and I can finally begin to share some of the projects that I have been diligently working on since October!
First up, a Round and Round block made from feed sacks and cream colored cotton. This wall hanging is for my MIL and her husband and most of the feed sacks were from her grandmother. I was happy that I was able to find a pattern that showed them off with a lot of visual interest.
I had a hard time figuring out how I was going to quilt this piece. I quilted with amazing white, Aurifil thread following the diagonals of the blocks, forming a grid, leaving a negative space in the center. The center felt empty, so I stitched a Round and Round block to give it some life.
So far, this has been the most complicated quilting pattern that I have done. I learned so much doing this little 24×24″ quilt! The Thimble Blossoms’ Round and Round pattern by Camille Roskelley is super easy to follow (check out this mind-blowing HST method) and I really love the way that the feed sacks stand out against the cream. A larger quilt is already on my 2014 quilt to-do list!