Friday, September 25, 2009

What's next?

After having finished some quilts with really simple and quick piecing, I feel the need to dive back into my scrap bin,  wave the rotary cutter about (carefully of course!), enjoy some chain piecing, pressing of the seams, trimming blocks and playing with layouts.

I have had fun!



These blocks are small, using 3 inch square scraps to make 2.5 inch Half Square Triangles, and therefore 2 inch finished squares.


I have been inspired by this Flickr picture, and have made my own blocks accordingly.  The squares in the block measure just 2 inches when finished, and I am loving the overall effect.  I am beavering away at making more half square triangles using scrap bin fabric, proudly recycling.  I have established a little Half Square Triangle production line with which I am rather familiar:  cutting, marking lines, chain piecing, pressing, trimming and again and again. Very soothing, you should try it!

It is such a great day for sewing today.  Rain rain don't go away!

29 comments:

  1. Fantastic blocks - love the freshness/crispness of the colours with white.

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  2. WOW! So many pieces and they are so small!! The inspiration quilt is great as yours will be too. I suppose you will have it finished tomorrow if it continues to rain. ;) I like to sew when it rains and then if it is too hot, well good reason to stay in and sew...right??

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  3. So beautiful! Perfect cheerfulness for the upcoming summer in Australia. You have the best scrap bin of all time I'm sure!

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  4. Rita, it is absolutely fabulous!!! Thank you for sharing, have to try this on a rainy day, too...

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  5. Another gorgeous project!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  6. So gorgeous! I love all the colours together.

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  7. What a beautiful way to use your scraps!!!

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  8. What a refreshing sight! The colours are so zingy. I'm wondering how much triage you did - is that a random selection from your scraps (and thus a snapshot of your recent colour palette), or did you choose on the basis of a colour scheme?

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  9. Rain rain come our way, make the dust go away! Love the blocks, so colourful. Can't wait to see more.

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  10. I love your newest project. The HSTs are definitely fun to play with when doing the layout for a quilt. I just finished my first of the Kaffe HST quilts and posted it. So I have been in the same mode as you.

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  11. I just love what you're doing! Thanks for the inspiration. I'm trying the block this morning. So much for my other projects!

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  12. So pretty, Rita! Fresh and crisp and gorgeous!

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  13. this is so pretty! i love all the white and the bright colors!

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  14. Pretty. Love the inspiration quilt too. I get hives when I think of half square triangles (well not really hives). I made a year 2000 quilt comprised of mostly HST...the quilt is 72" x 84". I swore I may never make a HST again!

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  15. Another beautiful creation.

    :o)
    Carolyn*

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  16. looks lovely. I thin i would like to own your scrap bin!

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  17. Beautiful! I love the crisp white mixed with the scrappy bright fabric! Just lovely!
    Paulette

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  18. This is great inspiration for my day today! thank you!

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  19. Love the blocks...and especially the COLOR! Wonderful!

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  20. What great fabrics Rita! You can really make so many different designs with simple squares and half square triangles. Sometimes the simplest layout can really create a striking quilt.

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  21. Very pretty! I've been struggling with the layout for my HST quilt top... will post some layouts tonight. I hate to "copy" from you, or any other Flickr user but I'm just not very creative, apparently.

    I'm about an inch from quitting my day job and sewing full time! Gah! (in 6 months... when baby comes, I'll atleast be HOME!) Cheers!

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  22. Looks great...love the bright freshness of your palette!

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  23. Who needs nice weather when you can quilt all day!

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  24. I've been away for a week or so and have just popped into an internet cafe to feed my blogging habit.
    You HAVE been busy this week.
    Some beautiful work.
    I especially love the pink quilt with the horizontal quilting. Gorgeous!!
    Andi :-)

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  25. Ooooh, I love half square triangles and REALLY love the star that they make. Another stunner in the works!

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  26. Hi! A friend sent me your link - and all I can say is WOW! I love your quilts and thanks for posting about your labels...we talked about labels in our quilt group and now I think we'll all be following your lead! I'll be back!

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  27. Ooh I wish my scrap bin looked like yours!!! I'm loving these blocks Rita, so fresh and happy xo

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  28. Love the blocks. They are so fresh with the white and bright colors.

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