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Playing with HSTs makes for many quilt options

 

Thank you for joining me today! It’s been at least 3 weeks since my last confession, sorry I mean post, since my last post. Mom had her 3rd operation all within the last 9 months at the end of August, and so quilting had to be placed on hold. Mom is doing much better and has been looking forward to picking up where we left off. Quilting, like many of the needle arts, has a strong healing power.

Our quilting progress was suspended at the point where we were working on a quilting UFO. We had bought a cream colored fabric to go with other more muted colored fabrics and started to make HSTs.

 

fabric charm squares on a lap to make half square triangles for a quilt
It helps when I prepare the squares for her and place them on her lap.

 

Mom insisted that she needed to get back to sewing, it’s her way to carry on, and made rows from her HSTs. It helps when I prepare the squares for her and place them on her lap. I’m a very handy assistant to have around, while she’s at the machine. I iron, cut, measure once, twice, wipe the drops off her forehead, you know, whatever she needs!

 

Half Square Triangles on a Unique cutting mat to make a quilt
Half Square Triangles are so much fun to make! And the design possibilities are endless!!

 

The fun started once we had turned our fabric pieces into HSTs. For mom and I, the design comes from looking at the fabric and seeing where it’s taking us creatively and how it all comes together. After the HSTs were trimmed and ironed we placed them on the bed in different layouts. This is the beauty of HSTs – there are so many design options and choosing one can be so difficult. They are very versatile and useful in other quilt blocks too.

 

Half Square Triangles arranged in blocks design option 1 - Sunday QUILTing
HSTs blocks design option 1

 

 

Half Squre Triangle blocks design creating a zigzag pattern for a quilt top
HSTs blocks design option 2 – this one creates zigzag

 

 

fabric in Half Square Triangle blocks design for a quilt top - one of my favorites and a strong candidate for a featured quilt on QUILTsocial.com - stay tuned!
HSTs blocks design option 3 – one of my favorites and a strong candidate for a featured quilt on this blog site – stay tuned!

 

 

fabric arranged in half squared triangle blocks to make a quilt top design
HSTs blocks design option 4 – this design layout was the winner.

 

By the end of our afternoon, she was starting to feel tuckered out. I sewed the HSTs into rows, ready for next Sunday and prepared a cup of tea. Join me next Sunday for more quilting fun.

 

Pinned half square triangles ready to sew into rows for the quilt top.
Pinned half square triangles ready to sew into rows for the quilt top.

 

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1:  10 top features of the PFAFF creative sensation pro

 

Carla A. Canonico is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, QUILTsocial.com, and KNITmuch.com.

2 Comments

  1. Sandy Allen

    Love the layout you chose! I was leaning towards #2 then saw #4. All are great, but #4 is different than anything I had seen before.

  2. Jennifer

    I love how you have made the process into one that your Mom can enjoy together.

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