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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 1022602 views.
Kim D. (KIMDIG)

From: Kim D. (KIMDIG)

3/17/23

Very Nice Bobbi! I love the colors.  

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

3/18/23

I'm not sure when I started this UFO.  At some point, I was cutting a whole bunch of charm squares from my scraps.  I have no idea why I would be doing that, as I typically do not cut down my scraps into uniform sizes.   Nevertheless, I did so and paired them up with a 5" square of white (or some form of white) and made a messload of HST.  Again, I have no idea why .. maybe I just needed a mindless activity to do.    (This makes me think it was sometime prior to 2017, which is when I started on my heritage photo scrapbook binge and virtually stopped all sewing.)

At some point, all the HST were made.  I had looked at the internet for something TO DO with all these HST and found an interesting yet simple quilt, designed by a lady named Amy Smart.  She has a blog and on January 2012, she posted a big, ol' quilt she made with *only* HST. She calls it "Half Square Spectrum".  (here's the link to her blog post.)  This was perfect.  I printed off the picture as inspiration, tucked the print out in with the HST and promptly forgot about them.

Let's fast forward to now.  I was looking for <something> and rediscovered all the HST, neatly color sorted AND with the inspiration photo.  Wow ... wouldn't it be SO SIMPLE to just assemble them and get this UFO off that pile?   Once I had that idea in my head (*so* simple.  *so* quick!), it wouldn't dislodge itself.  I spent two evenings sewing all the HST together and another evening putting on the borders.   I had enough white to make the first border but needed to resupply myself with more white for the outer border.  From the look and feel of what I had used before, I figured it was Kona Snow ... and it must have been because Joann's had Kona Snow in stock .... **and on sale**.  <faint>

So, this top is now done.  It joins all the other tops in the closet to await the quilting process.    It measures at 68"x80", which is an ever-so-slightly oversized twin.

This is my top ....  I don't have any where near the amount of bright colors as she did.  Honestly, it doesn't even matter what the proportion or number of HST you have of any color; you just use what you have and make what size you can.  This one (as is Amy's) is 13 HST across by 16 rows)

And this is Amy's original quilt:

latterberry

From: latterberry

3/18/23

I really love your HST quit!  That was a lot of points to match up.  I made one something like it years ago and it took me forever because I made the HSTs as leaders and enders while I was working on other things.  I like quilts that you don't have to d a lot of thinking and planning.  I'm glad you got your HSTs out of solitary confinement and made such a lovely quilt.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

3/18/23

The border with the "escaping" HSTs really makes the quilt.  Thanks for sharing.

That is a pretty design. I love how simple it is. Congratulations on getting another project to the flimsy stage.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

3/18/23

Yup!!!  I really liked that whimsical aspect also!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

3/18/23

What made matching the intersections easier is that I took the time to TRIM each and every HST to 4.5".  Tedious, sure .. but the benefits down the line are worth the time spent. 

latterberry

From: latterberry

3/18/23

I do the same thing about trimming the HSTs.  In fact, I tend to oversize them so I won't be short, then trim to fit. It is tedious but worth it.

MelRN

From: MelRN

3/18/23

So I finished up a UFO:  This will be completed to make a baby gift for a coworker, whose wife is expecting her first baby! I needed a break from this project for a while, so I thought I'd organize my 1930's box, with its myriad of UFO/WIP, cut offs, etc. Oh, boy! My right tricep is hurting from all the ironing and cutting. Hey, if anyone ever tells you quilting isn't a workout, it's more than a catholic church...I iron, I sit to sew, I stand and iron, cut, iron, sit to sew, etc...and triceps and biceps get a workout too, lifting iron, pressing down with rotary cutter, etc. LOL!!! :D 

(a little joke as I grew up in Catholic school. Sorry; I couldn't help myself)

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