Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Green HST Quilt - finished

The Green HST quilt is finished.  Although given almost free license to create at my whimsy, this was a commissioned quilt and it will be going to a home where I know it will be much loved.  Do not be surprised to see it pop up elsewhere in blog land at some stage.

Finished quilt measures  70 inches x 53 inches

Although making so many HST's might seem robotic and probably makes me a little boring, I absolutely loved piecing this quilt.  Hunting through my stash for more green fabrics, hours of trimming back blocks, and  lengthy discussions with my son why each bird block cannot go in each one of the corners of the quilt; all were a part of the process that I enjoyed and will remember fondly.


The back of the quilt is also pieced and is well centered.  To ensure that the quilt top is centered on the quilt backing during the basting process, I mark parallel center lines on the batting, both vertically and horizontally, to indicate the mid point and the center lines of the backing.  When placing the quilt top on the batting ensure that the center lines of the quilt top match the center lines of the backing.


The quilt is quilted with straight lines, outlining both the horizontal and vertical seam lines of the Half Square Triangle blocks, and a diagonal line perpendicular to the diagonal seam line formed by the triangles. 


The machine stitched binding fabric is Full Moon Polka dot by Amy Butler from the Lotus range.  I still love seeing binding other than a stripe on the edge of a quilt. 

 Solid fabric is Kona Cotton - Ash
by Robert Kaufman

And to the new owner of this quilt a big big "Thank You!!" for giving me free creative reign and having such enormous faith in my ability to create something special for you.  I hope you love it.

40 comments:

  1. It is very beautiful!
    Love how you can take just one color and make something this pretty!

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  2. Just gorgeous Rita, including the backing!!
    Regards
    Christine

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  3. gorgeous! the green is so fresh and refreshing!

    thanks for the tip of centering! how handy is that!

    corrie:)

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  4. it's wonderful - and thank you for your tip on centering - I'll have to remember that one!

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  5. What a beautiful quilt - I am sure it will be well received.

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  6. Love it!!
    Wish it were coming to my house.
    Andi :-)

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  7. You do realise, that before I jump into the whole quilting foray (with both feet), I am going to have to go through your ENTIRE blog for all the top tips and how to's? She's a beauty.

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  8. This is gorgeous. I'm about to make my son a quilt with a similar color scheme and it's comforting to know it's going to be beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Everything about it is beautiful! I love the colors, the back, the binding! Everything!

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  10. It is gorgeous! I am sure the new owner will be delighted! Job well done!

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  11. Rita - it's gorgeous! The backing could be a quilt on it's own!! The new owner will be thrilled!

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  12. Stunning as usual! You make me want to go home from work and just quilt something, anything!

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  13. Beautifully done! I'm sure it will be much loved!

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  14. It's beautiful!

    Tell me, when you make HSTs, do you cut triangles, or do you cut squares and then trim off the bit you don't need? and if you cut squares, do you mark the sewing line first or do you do it by eye?

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  15. So darling! Love the birds....and the placement of them. Thanks for the tip on centering the backing....I hate it when mine comes out lopsided.

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  16. I adore green and this quilt!BRAVO!

    Carolyn

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  17. well I sure love it!

    (Adding HST quilt to the mental list).

    Thanks for the tips on centering the backing... I try to make interesting backs... I love this green one.

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  18. Ooooo! Please don't apologize for more HSTs. It's such a pleasure to see what you do with them. And always inspiring. This quilt, especially, has been a delight to watch you create. I love the whimsical wee birds and each and every bit of green. They make me smile. Thanks for taking the time to blog for all of us.

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  19. One of my favourite ways to do a back, ever. Love the tip about marking the backing at the midpoints. Excellent suggestion. Great finish.

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  20. So beautiful!! I need to attempt an hst quilt! I am sure it will be totally loved and I wish it were coming to me!!

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  21. Wow, that is GORGEOUS! I mean, I knew it would be, but ... wow :-) I love the way the solitary bird in the corner is offset from the one on the other side. It really helps to balance the whole thing out. And the backing is also stunning. Lucky recipient!

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  22. Another fantastic quilt! Love that Nicey Jane on the back.

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  23. It's FABULOUS!!!! I'd trust you in a minute to create something for me -- I LOVE everything you make!!!

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  24. I love how it came out and the colors. I need to see if I can find fabric with prints like the bird, I really like that.

    Debbie

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  25. It's beautiful. I love the birds. Wish they were still available....

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  26. Sensational, the doves, the backing...the lot! And what's even better is that it will be coming to live with me.

    A fantastic job Rita - thank you! This quilt will, for me be a reminder of my time in Melbourne and the friendships made.

    I can't wait to get it on my bed!

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  27. Beautiful work as usual Rita....Love the spotty binding. x

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  28. As always, another beautiful quilt! Your points are always so precise which makes the quilting so geometrically perfect. I am in awe!

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  29. it's beautiful. I love the grey and green colour combo together...and the bird blocks really add interest.

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  30. Beautiful...green is one of my favorite colors.
    Your tip for centering is good too. I remember the first time I used a obviously vertical backing fabric ---and skewed it slightly. I am much much more careful now a days---that first lesson (and disappointment) having stuck with me :-D

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  31. I love it! BUT, why couldn't the bird squares go into the corners??? I like it the way it is very much, but I would have put the birds in the corners before seeing this. Wouldn't that have been okay???

    Lucy (in IN)

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  32. Wow, I love the citrusy tang of this beauty! You are so talented!

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  33. Kate you are one lucky woman! What a beautiful quilt.

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  34. HST are my favorite. I love it with the green. I set out to do this exact layout this week and finished today with a totally different design. They're fun that way.

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  35. Could not be sweeter. Love the green and the birds.

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