Posts Tagged ‘Half Square Triangles’

Yeah I know.  It was supposed to be a Christmas present.  Between not having time and not really sure how I wanted to quilt it, I have been procrastinating on it.  I have been keeping up with customer quilts.  Just not my own.

I spent most of this past week at the Machine Quilters Expo in Manchester, NH.  I got a ton of great ideas for some of my own quilts.  I wished I had taken these classes before I started working on Ellen’s quilt.  But I can still incorporate some of them.  I still have the borders to complete.Close up of quilting

In the half square triangle blocks, I quilted a quick loop.  The path of the quilting accentuates the barn raising setting of the blocks.  After taking the classes, I got the idea to add something in the middle of the two loops.  I just haven’t decided what.  I quilted a nice swirling feather in the green sashing.

I need to get this quilt and one other that is a king size quilt done by April 30th.  I have entered them in a couple of local guild shows.  Ellen’s will be on display at the Hannah Dustin show in Hudson, NH.  Along with Josh’s neck tie quilt.   I have two others that I have entered in the Merrimack Valley Quilters show in Plaistow,  NH.  For more information about these shows, use the web site links I have listed on the right.

Hope to see some of you there.


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Ellen's Fabrics

Fabric for Ellen's quilt along with the Triangles on a Roll

Every year for the past 8 years I have been making a quilt for one of my nieces or nephews. Being the youngest of 5 I also have been making a quilt as my sisters turn 50.  So far two of my sisters have gotten there 50th birthday quilts.  Last year I ran out of nieces or nephews who had not received a quilt.  So I made one for my family secret Santa, which was my sister Ruth.  She loved her quilt.

This year my secret Santa is my Sister Ellen.  And yes, she is getting a quilt.   And no, she does not know about my blog.  She will on Christmas day.

I planned out the quilt I want to make and pick all the fabrics a couple of months ago.  The problem is I haven’t had the time to sit and work on the quilt until this past Sunday.

Ellen’s favorite color is Pink.  At least that is what I have been lead to believe.  I found the pastel floral in my stash and thought it was the most perfect fabric for Ellen’s quilt.  I then selected various pastels from my batiks, some white on whites for the blocks.  Then the light green for sashing and the blue batik striation for the inner border.

The pattern I am using is a variation of the Birds in Flight wall hanging from Thimbleberries™.  I enlarged the main blocks from  8″  to 12″.   I also added another row of blocks and sashing both vertically and horizontally.   I will be using two borders.  The quilt should be 96″ square when complete.

356 half square triangles

356 half square triangles

The quilt will be made up of 356 half square triangles.  I used the Triangles on a Roll™ foundation paper.  It allows you to make accurate half square triangle simply and quickly.  I prefer them over Thangles™.

At this point I have all the squares sewn, cut and pressed.  I even have all the sashing cornerstones complete.  I just need to assemble the 16 main blocks.  I should be able to do that tomorrow,  as I have the blocks partially assembled.

I hope to get the main part of the quilt without borders completed for Christmas.  My family is used to getting quilts that are incomplete.  I know Ellen will be surprised.  I will update you with pictures of Christmas day.

Have a Merry Christmas.


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