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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 1029668 views.

From: tuckyquilter


All Quilt Gifts are done and all but one shipped out.  Back to my HST projects as I am determined to empty those 2.5" and 3.5" bins.  I need some newer fabric in them.  Progress is slow, but continuing.  Love the rainy days as I can sit with my hot coffee, sew and watch the rain come down,

Life is Truly Good.

I still have swap blocks from years ago. Always so nice to be able pull out a pile of blocks and quickly put together a gift quilt.


From: MelRN


tuckyquilter said...

I might add:  jumping up and down screaming.. running in circles to find something

There ya go!! I like it :D 


From: MelRN


Ami_Quilts (sewingupasto) said...

Always so nice to be able pull out a pile of blocks and quickly put together a gift quilt.

Agreed! I've been trying to pull those kinds of things out and work on them lately.

Then, this week, I took the 30's box and started trimming the scraps down to usable size squares and strips. Then I designed a quilt using some of them :D Viola! Next project!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


You might remember the HST top I posted a while ago.  I think I mentioned that it used up only half of the HST that I had made.  This top uses up the other half of the HST .... each top has 200-odd HST in them.   And as best as I can determine, all of my HST have now been used up.  (Unless I discover another horde of them)

I have discovered that this layout goes by a number of names.  No one seems to agree on one.  Ribbon Pole / Barber Pole / Ribbon Dance / DNA Twist / Twisted Ribbon with Pole / Double Helix / Twisted Pole   are some of the names that I found.

I had made random HST, so this layout is kinda/sorta ordered by color family.  I didn't try to organize the colors further, so they are random within the color. 

While this layout may LOOK complicated, it is actually VERY simple.  You sew 3 HST together in a specific order.  That's it.  Just keep sewing 3 HST together **in that order**.  To created the "twisted ribbon" design, take 2 of those units and turn the "bottom" one 180° and then sew those two pieces together.   Those 6 HST now form one Twisted Ribbon block.   Just stack the blocks on top of each other and .. voila ... you have the optical illusion of a twisted ribbon pole!

You can get fancy with the colors so that it looks like highlighted & shadow ribbons .. but that would require attention to detail as to what color went where.  This random arrangement creates the same look and no thinking involved, once you have the pattern of sewing the 3 HST together.  :-)

Here is my result:

Another item removed from my UFO pile.  :-)


That looks awesome. What a great way to use up HST!


From: latterberry


You have made two lovely quilts out of your box of HSTs!  Very pretty!  It has given me inspiration to get out my box of leftover HSTs.  


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


Just playing around.  It looks a little weird, almost like little boots going around in a circle.


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


I haven't made this one in 10 years, based on the age of the friend's daughter on FB.  I'm donating it to our guild for their raffle this summer.  The president challenge is hearts, figured this was an easy answer.  I added the sawtooth border mostly to avoid having any triangles left over.  The sashing fabric was a remnant of some green I've had in my stash for ever - I remember taking it to Ohio to try and match it at the Door Mouse quilt shop with Judy.  All that is left now is two small charms.


Love the hearts, the border is perfect.