Monday, October 5, 2009

Half Square Triangles

I have been so completely intrigued by Rita's brilliance with the half square triangle that I have been inspired to have a go myself.

The great thing about HSTs is the amazing variety of layouts you can choose.

I had a bit of a play with these designs:



and finally settled on this ....


Rita has inspired me in more ways than one:

I'm usually an incredibly lazy sewer but with this one I even trimmed my blocks!!!

I finished up the quilt top on the weekend.


The fabrics are mostly from my stash but the grey is a thrifted flat sheet from the oppy!!

The blocks are 6 inches cut (5.5 inches sewn).
The quilt is 14 blocks squared so (quick calculation .....) 77 inches squared.

I'm planning to hand quilt this one with lots of different coloured threads (to match the fabrics) in the grey areas. Thanks to Kate for that great idea!!!

Now I just need to buy some backing and wadding and get to basting (my least favourite job .... ugh!!!)

See you VERY soon with my first blogiversary giveaway.

Andi :-)

25 comments:

beccasauras said...

I love ALL of them. Esp the grey sheet :)

Sheridan said...

Wow! I love it! Especially the layout you chose. Gorgeous!

Frogdancer said...

Really love the layout you went with. It'll look amazing.

(It does already...)

Quilts on Bastings said...

That is stunning - I love the quilts you can achieve with half square triangles!

Cathy said...

Don't the different layouts look fabulous, I love the one you went with, I'm in the middle of one just like it you will see soon! Great idea using the op shop sheet xo

Janet said...

It's fabulous and I love it, very sparkly looking. It's going to great with the quilting you have in mind.

daylesford organics said...

Hey I get it. Instead of blogtober you're playing quiltober!

rachelmp said...

All those layouts look great!

Blue Mountains, NSW said...

Love all your layouts! I have big plans for all the charm packs I've collected. HST's and Ikea flat sheets. I read in a popular blog (can't remember right this minute), that their flat sheets are great for sashing.

beth said...

it is soooo beautiful! can't wait to see it quilted with all those threads...what a great idea!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Wow Andi! So happy to have inspired you!! The layout you have chosen looks fantastic. I love the grey background fabric, but even more so because it is recycled. Did you find it easier to piece the blocks together having trimmed them? Thanks for the links to my blog, much appreciated.

Rita

One Flew Over said...

Love the layout decided on! The quilt looks sensational Andi - another fantastic job. So pleased to hear you are using your 'stash' fabric ;)

metrosupialdesigns said...

It's lovely. I am so liking the gray lately. I just cut a bunch for my little guy's quilt to do this design.

Love the idea of the thread!

Kate said...

LOVE IT!!! Wow, I really like this one... but I don't NEED another project the little voice in my head says, but it will use scraps the voice in reply says... wonder which one will win out? :)

sophie said...

That is amazing!! I don't quilt ( I have tried though) and am constantly amazed at the beauty and creativity out there in the quilting world.

alobsiger said...

OHMYGOSH! Andi, another GORGEOUS quilt. That cool grey looks smashing with your print fabrics. I like the sound of your quilting plan too!! Oh, and did you say we can win this quilt in your blogiversary giveaway? Gosh, that's soooooooo nice of you. ;-) Lovely quilt!

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MichelleB said...

It is wonderful! I love how the gray brings out the colors.

Kelly said...

Gorgeous hst's I love the layout you chose, and grey, fantastic, I would never have thought of that!

Sherri said...

This is beautiful! Love it!

Gerry said...

This gives me an entirely new perspective on the HST possibilities. The grey really sets the whole thing off very nicely.

Jess said...

Very pretty!

amandajean said...

what a fun layout! i love the grey background. nice way to reuse! :)

Cheryl Arkison said...

I was going to say how much I loved the grey/pink/orange combo and then you threw in that turquoise. Totally in love now.

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

OMG! That quilting idea is an incredible one! Oh please, please let me remember that! :)

The quilt looks great! Love the playing with arrangement!

I just recently trimmed my blocks for the first time. It's amazing how much nicer it is...though my back wasn't so happy...