Last week I mentioned that I was busy making and squaring up lots of half-square triangles. That work is finished and I spent several days on the design wall placing the pattern that I had planned. I came up “5 short” for the pattern I wanted with the turquoise that I thought needed to be in the quilt. LUCKILY – while I was working on the “Second Time Around” donations for Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, I found several donated pieces that were exactly the right color! There certainly is a benefit to having all that fabric to “shop from”. Saved me a big shopping trip in a week when I was obligated for so many other things. I pre-washed those pieces Wednesday night, and yesterday afternoon, got them starched, ironed, cut and sewn! From 2 scraps that measured 9×9, and another that was 12×22, and a really odd shaped scrap that was about 12×20, I was able to get enough blocks made that I could insert them throughout the pattern, and they feel like they “belong there”.
Status – Pinned to the design wall. Sorry, I just can’t get back “far enough” to take a picture of the bigger projects. (Hubby is aware, and a new design wall “across the room” is in the planning stages!) (Note: Hubby is my design consultant, and has a “symmetrical” point of view. I will NOT complain about how many times he gently “suggested” I change something on this layout! I originally wanted to put only a “pop” of turquoise” in this quilt, by placing 2 rows, and he did not like it..and I cautioned him that I might need another shopping trip………..enough said!)
I’m going to let this design “simmer on the wall” for a couple of days. This pattern is 14 across and 16 down (288 – HST). I have enough 5″ HST now to make a king size, trimmed in the basket, waiting to be used too, so switching out a block should be fairly easy. Instead of being totally scrappy, there is a “controlled pattern” to the placement of each block, and I am still trying to decide if I really like one or 2 of the fabrics, now that they are placed. The goal is a double bed size quilt, and this will have a narrow white border followed by a wider grey border. My quilter’s math brain right now works that out to a 2″ white and a 5″ grey, but we will see how it all works out.
Because this quilt is for my littlest granddaughter, I thought I would give her mommy a choice in patterns that I was willing to make. She asked for a double bed size, as the crib “converts” to a double later on. (Note….that gives me TIME to finish….and for that I am most pleased!)
I love making Half Square Triangles, so I created a Pinterest board- Baby Quilt HST ideas with patterns that I thought she might like and then my daughter chose the one that would best suit her decor and style. She chose “A Halloween Quilt” by Simple Simon and Company . When I studied the blog post describing the pattern, she said she started with 8″ blocks. I knew I wanted “smaller” blocks, and a bigger quilt. I also wanted to add the 3rd color. While Simple Simon used oranges, I am using a coral. I love getting inspired by the work of others, and then tweaking the design to make it my own. Pinterest is a great way to save ideas and inspirations.
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