Friday, November 6, 2015

Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt

A Finished Quilt
Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Oakshott Scandinavia HST Quilt
Quilt Size: 48 inches x 57 inches
304 Half Square Triangles
19 rows of 16 HST units.
608 patchwork pieces.
Feature Fabrics: Oakshott Cotton + Liberty Tana Lawn 
+ reclaimed fabrics
Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Thank you for all of your comments on the Work in Progress Blog Post featuring this quilt. I have received lots of emails and questions regarding accurate piecing. I wish I had a simple answer, a trick to share with you, but unfortunately it all comes back to accurate cutting and sewing. Matching seams and not losing points isn't the be all and end all, but it is nice if you can make it happen. 

Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

For piecing Half Square Triangle units I over-size the units then trim for accuracy. My formula for cutting fabric for HST units is the size of the FINISHED unit PLUS 1 inch. For example, if I want my HST units to finish as a 3 inch square (as in this quilt) then I cut my fabric squares 4" x 4" (3" PLUS 1"). Once pieced and pressed I trim the units to measure 3.5" x 3.5".


I piece Half Square Triangle Units using this common method of making two units at a time: layer two fabric squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and with a 1/4" presser foot stitch along both sides of the drawn line. Then cut on the drawn line, and press seams (usually towards the darker fabric). I then take the extra step to trim the unit for accuracy.

Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Carefully trimming units ensures that all units are the same size which makes sewing these units together a much easier task. I also think it helps to have a sewing machine with a strong, even feed, a quality straight stitch, and of course an accurate 1/4" presser foot. I use a straight stitch only sewing machine for all piecing.

Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
More about Machine Stitched Binding: here
I love how this quilt has turned out! I have quilted this quilt by first ditch stitching the seam lines that outline each HST unit, and then stitching more vertical lines just one inch apart. For the back of the quilt I have used a single fabric (Small Roses in Blush) from the Tiger Lily collection by Heather Ross. And for the binding I have used Square Elements in Almondette (Art Gallery Fabrics).  For more details regarding the fabrics used in the making of the quilt top please see the Work in Progress Blog Post.

Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Click on any image for a larger view.
These closeup photos give you a better idea of how beautiful Oakshott Cottons are! Oakshott shot cottons are luminous and have an iridescent hue that is difficult to reproduce in a photograph.

Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

This quilt is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store.

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Ready for shipping.

Oakshott Scandinavia Half Square Triangle Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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12 comments:

  1. Wonderful!!
    I am quite new to quilting and recently learnt the triangle method... It's brilliant!
    I love all the colours and patterns you used :)
    Smiles :).

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  2. Fantastic!
    Another beautiful finish.
    I just have a question about fabric quantity. I know this is a full time operation for you, but when you purchase fabric do you buy all big quantities so you can use it for backing too for eg, or else for several quilts; Or do you generally buy a standard amount and then buy bigger amounts of your backing favourites like the text prints you often use? i.e. Do you have a standard amount you purchase, like one yard? I often get caught out having the wrong amounts. I often used to get fat quarters but then didn't have enough of some fabrics so upped it to half a yard, but still don't feel like I've got the right balance.

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  3. Beautiful as always! Thank you for sharing, Rita. You have totally inspired my quilting life :)

    Do you use a special binding foot for attaching your bindings? I know there are ones that wrap the binding so it catches on the back as you go, and your bindings are so clean on the back! Probably experience, but thought I'd ask!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! You've inspired me to create my own version!

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  5. So very beautiful! Perfect points every time ; )

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  6. So soft, and gorgeous! Love your choice of back and binding :)

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  7. It is absolutely gorgeous. And I have an overflowing bin of 4" squares, I may have to make one. It's just too pretty. Love. ~Angela~

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  8. It's absolutely gorgeous. So inspiring!!! I have an overflowing bin of 4" square scraps, I might have to play with them now. Love. ~Angela~

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  9. This finished up perfectly, Rita!
    There is no special place in Heaven for people who make perfect points and seams - and most importantly, here on Earth, there are no quilt police to arrest you if you are messy.
    I used to really worry about making everything perfect to show to my most expert quilt club people.... then I started looking closely at other people work. I realized theirs wasn't perfect either O_O
    I love the colors.
    Another big help for those people who have a totally wretched time getting seams to align -- school glue, Just a dot. - and nest those seams as well as you can.
    Again, not worth getting an ulcer over it.
    We make stuff because we put love into it. We love it.
    And.... I love you :-)

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