Sunday, September 16, 2012

mod half-square triangle quilt FINISH!!

finished quilting and binding today! Half-Square Triangle quilt, inspired by quilt story, this design is also called depression block. finished dimensions: 64.5" x 64.5" (fits the top of my queen bed nicely) fabrics used: aviary2 by joel dewberry, from southern fabric (charm packs). bella snow charm packs from fat quarter shop. backing and binding from my local joann's.
here is my signature block :)
someone has already claimed it for their own...

forward momentum

Today I made insane progress on my quilt.

When I woke up I had 13 blocks not sewn together.

I finished the last three blocks and then sewed all of them together,
completing the quilt top.

Sherri came over and we discussed the size and if i wanted to do a frame. we decided it was a good size since it fits the top of my bed pretty well.

then we went to joanns. She helped me pick out fabrics for
the backing. Unexpectedly, a green paisley was the one that spoke to both
of us. Green?? There's no green in the entire quilt but somehow it worked.
I also picked a muted orange print to pair it with. I chose a dark brown
with white polka dot for the binding, I'm going to attempt to make my own
bias tape with it. We also chose a muted blue thread to quilt with and
picked up some batting.

Once we got home I was excited to move forward. I sewed the backing fabrics
together quickly (one seam) and pressed them. Then sherri helped me put the
quilt sandwich (quilt top, batting, backing) together. This is the hardest
part and where I get the most frustrated but sherri helped a lot. We
smoothed and pinned and smoothed and pinned. And smoothed some more and
pinned some more.

Then she helped me guide the bulkiest parts of the quilt through the
machine. I did HALF of the straightline quilting tonight!!!! Half. Tomorrow
I quilt the rest and then try to bind it.

Feeling awesome about it. Yay!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

half square triangle quilt progress

it's been a long hot summer of no quilting. i just tend to put sewing away in the heat, but it's starting to think about being fall outside and i recently resurrected my project!

i am doing a pattern based on quilt story's HST quilt.

previous progress (feb 2012): 184 half square triangles made. 1 block (of 16 hsts) made.

current progress: day one i put together five blocks.

 day two i churned out four more. i got to the point where i realized i was going to need more fabric. i ordered more and within the week i made 64 additional half square triangles and one more block.

8 blocks shown. i want this quilt to be 16 blocks, which i think will give me 64" x 64" for the pieced top.

i find it very therapeutic to line up my seams, to sew the edges together.

 i love the contrast of the traditional piecing pattern and the modern fabrics, and i love using a lot of white.

i am excited by my progress and hope to pick out a (brown? maybe with small blue calico pattern?) backing really soon!! i want to add a frame around the pieced top and use the same fabric for backing.