Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Half Square Triangle Quilt in Progress

[WORK IN PROGRESS]





300+ Half Square Triangles set on point.

100+ different fabrics.


It's been some time since my last Half Square Triangles quilt project [and I have made quite a few (here and here and here and here - way back in 2009)] and it felt like it was time to revisit the HST unit with a not quite low volume selection of fabric combined with a variety of neutral solid fabrics (much like the Strips and Bricks Quilt made in 2010).

From a selection of more than 140 different printed fabrics I have made 300+ Half Square Triangle units, each one  laboriously trimmed for accurate piecing. Although not immediately obvious from these images the HST units have been set on point.  For most directional printed fabrics (fabrics with a design that have a definite up or down) I have tried to ensure the "correct" placement of the print by cutting fabric on the bias (off grain).


Quilt top measures 64 inches x 86 inches.

More soon.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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30 comments:

  1. This is looking good. The sudden pops of red and orange are great.

    What batting do you use?

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  2. Beautiful. You do the color combinations so well.

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  3. Stunning. The fabrics are lovely

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  4. Wow -- I'm impressed that you had the foresight to cut your directional prints so they would be upright in the diagonal setting. Did you cut all of your HST squares on the bias, or only the directional prints? Did having bias edges/straight of grain on different sides of your triangles than usual make it more difficult to piece them together accurately without stretching and, if so, did you come up with any tips or tricks to minimize the bias distortion? This is a lovely quilt -- I still don't get exactly what is meant by Low Volume (low contrast?) but I think yours is very pretty!

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  5. Gorgeous. I have "issues" with HSTs and the trimming involved but love the look of them!

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  6. Great! I celebrate the return of HST here, because I love them and you're so good at them!

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  7. I am so smitten with your work, Rita! What a phenomenal stash you must have! When you showcase certain lines, do they send you complimentary fabrics to work up? I've always wondered about this.
    best,
    Jody

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  8. Oh my, oh my - you never cease to amaze Rita!

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  9. It is beautiful! You are so clever with these fabrics and your work looks so neat and sharp!

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  10. Your quilts are so bright and gloriously cheerful that it makes me smile every time I stop by your blog. Thanks for the smiles...keep em coming. Hugs...

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  11. What a job, it looks so cool. We might have to change your name to the HST Quilter.

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  12. I thought it looked like some of those prints were on bias. Nice touch.

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  13. Hi Rita, I have been a secret follower of your blog for a while now, and just now have decided to introduce myself. I have to say, you're quilts truly inspire me! I love your choice of fabrics, color and design. They are striking! I have recently begun quilting myself, and have referred to your blog for help along the way. THANK YOU! I Need all the help I can get...LOL.

    Kimberly
    http://www.birdiegirlquilts.com/

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  14. So sweet! Just lovely! You are always inspiring. XXX

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous! I never, ever would have thought to put some of those fabrics together but you did and it looks amazing. Love it!!!

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  16. I am starting to think you have super powers. However do you get so much accomplished? All that trimming would do me in for sure. It is a beautiful quilt top

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  17. Scrappy yet not - it all works together fabulously and yes the trimming IS time consuming but worth the effort in the end.
    ddegnan@tampabay.rr.com

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  18. Oh how I love 1/2 squares - and this is fantastic with the subtle tones. yummy!

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  19. So pretty! I love the low-ish volume color palette that you used.

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  20. Wow the colour combos are amazing. Very fresh looking.

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  21. I don't think I could ever get fabric cut on the bias to behave as well as you have done. It looks beautiful.

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  22. I love HST's! Your quilt is so pretty! It looks like spring!

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  23. I wish I had that kind of patience! Beautifully done!

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  24. Rita, what can I say I absolutely love it. Your quilt is gorgeous. I am a huge fan of your blog. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day! Marie

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  25. Deine Arbeiten sind einfach nur wunder-wunder-wunderschön.
    Ich bin ganz begeistert und kann mich kaum satt sehen.
    Lieben Gruß Gisela

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