Saturday, February 20, 2016

#QuiltNon2016 Half-Square Triangle (HST) Challenge

One of these days I'm going to make it to QuiltCon, but this is not the year.  Instead I've been celebrating #QuiltNon2016 at home and sewing up a storm working on a couple Half-Square Triangle projects with Fairfield World and P and B Textiles.  Big thanks to P and B Textiles for sharing some of their new Urban Scandinavian fabrics with me and to Fairfield for providing me with batting and donating some batting and pillowforms for a giveaway and challenge. And of course thanks to Julie of Intrepid Thread for organizing such a fun event for all of us staying at home.

Half-square triangles are SO much fun because they're so easy to make and you can make SO many different designs depending on how you arrange them.

I have always had a special place in my heart for black and white fabrics.  (In fact, the very first real "designer" fabric I bought was a black and white line and ever since I've been hooked.)

My main project for the weekend is a queen-sized quilt with giant half-square-triangles using black and white fabrics from the Urban Scandinavian line and with pops of color from the Color Weave line, both by P and B Fabrics.

I was left with quite a few 6 1/2" WoF scraps, so I thought I'd chop them up into 6 1/2 squares and make a bunch of half-square triangles to use for some coordinating throw pillows to go with the quilt.  The finished HST were 6" and the finished size of the 9x9 blocks is 16 1/2".

I got one block designed and my 6-year-old decided to take over.  She designed the blocks and I sewed them together.  Wow! The creativity of children never ceases to amazing me.

My favorite of the blocks she made is this one.

And her favorite is this one.  She likes it because the big white and big black shape the triangles make reminds her of birds.

But there are so many fun options, even with just using 9 HST's per block.

If you're not familiar with making Half-Square-Triangle blocks there are quite a few different short-cuts for making them depending on what size fabric you're starting with, and how many you need.  One of the best resources for HST measurements and methods can be found at Blossom Heart Quilts here.

We'd love for you to share your HST projects on Instagram this weekend too, with the hashtag #QuiltNon2016HST

The original plan was throw pillows, but these blocks are so fun we may just have to make a HST sampler quilt with them. honor of both of these fun options, Fairfield World is donating a 60″ X 60" pack of my favorite Nature-Fil™ Bamboo Blend Batting a two 16" Crafter’s Choice® Pillow Inserts.  Anyone (in the US and Canada) can enter, whether you make some HSTs this weekend or not.  Open for Entries until Monday, February 22, 2016.

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  1. My favorite block is also the one you chose. Isn't it wonderful to see the creativity that flows from children!

  2. My favorite block is also the one you chose. Isn't it wonderful to see the creativity that flows from children!


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