Tuesday, March 5, 2013

W.I.P. Wednesday

While I continue to mull over ideas for my Notting Hill fabric (any awesome suggestions would be gratefully accepted!), I decided to dive into another scrap project.  Does anyone besides me have a love/hate relationship with half square triangles?  I love how they look and how many different layouts you can achieve with such a simple unit, but if I'm honest, I find making them to be a bit of a pain!  But this morning I was looking at this cushion I made way back when....


......and began to wonder what this layout - which I sort of winged at the time - would look like in a multi-block design.  So I went to the highly technical 'Paint' program (hey, I never claimed to be a quilt designer!) and came up with this:


I think it looks pretty cool!  What do you think?  I've started cutting 5" squares from my scraps, enough to make 144 HSTs, which will make a 2 x 2 layout (ie. huge blocks!) of the above block and should result in an approximate 50" square quilt.


And for the first time I'm going to try using a variety of neutrals for the background, rather than just choosing one.  I think (but am not 100% sure) that these are, from left to right, Kona Oyster, Kona Ash, Kona Bone, Kona Iron, and Kona Natural.


That's all I have going on this week.  I've also been trying to clean my house this week which cuts into the sewing time!!

Take care everyone.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

24 comments:

felicity said...

Me! Me! I'm ambivalent about HSTs! I love the look; hate the trimming!

Carla said...

I think your quilt looks great! Go for it ; ) I am currently working with half square triangles too. I don't mind so much making them. It's usually worth the effort.

Debbie said...

oh I like your new project! And I too love/hate hsts! (esp. hate trimming!)

Live a Colorful Life said...

Okay, I don't LOVE trimming HSTs, but they do such amazing things that I forgive them for the trimming part...

Nat at Made in Home said...

I feel the same about HSTs but I cannot stop thinking of pattern using them! Love the pillow, the quilt is going to be awesome!

Maria said...

I feel the same as you too. Your pillow is beautiful and I can't wait to see your quilt finished.

Annabella said...

I love your idea of a variety of neutrals - it should give a similar effect to low volume fabrics. Yep HSTs are a pain in the behind but give such a great look - I love the mockup you have made and the pillow is gorgeous.

Patti said...

I think its unanimous Heather! We love the block, and hate the trimming! Your quilt will be amazing though!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Looks great! I also love HSTs but am not so fond of the trimming.

Kimberly said...

I love it Heather! But then again, I've always loved that pillow!

Claire Jain said...

I love the resourceful quilt designing! I've been experimenting with the TouchDraw app on my iPad. I'm super excited about Threadbias's web-based quilt design tool as well :- ) Thanks for stopping by WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

That is an adorable pillow...so very fresh.

Svetlana said...

wow, this is going to be a gorgeous quilt, love your layout.

Wendy said...

that cushion is amazing, I don't remember seeing it before - can't wait to see this quilt!

Erica said...

I was just thinking the same thing about HSTs the other day. I could probably go without making another HST again. But I probably will :)

Kate said...

Great idea! I can't wait to see this one develop!!!

Kirsten said...

This is a wonderful idea - HST designs are fun to play with!

Karen said...

Oh wow - that's alot of HST's! Great design though :o) I too have a love/hate relationship with them but am considering a baby quilt made with them for my cousins baby due in 8 weeks time...

Katie B said...

I love your design!! And I'm so with you on the HSTs.

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Well, you certainly will get a lot of practice making HST with this pattern! I love the variety of uses for them but I do find them tricky to get precisely the right size. Love your pillow! Particularly the quilting!

Edyta Brandys said...

Beautiful connection of tissue !!!

Pomegranate Quilts said...

I ♥ HSTs! I even love trimming them! I don't even use them creatively, I like the simple row-after-row look. But I love me a crisp corner :)
Btw, that collection of neutrals is going to look GORGEOUS. Can't wait to see how this progresses!

Abby said...

I love the Nottinghill line too. I think I'm going with Pow Pow or Pow Wow can't remember the name pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew - but can't wait to see what you're doing with it. Such a fun line and great prints. I totally understand why its hard to decide what to do. Good luck!

Alli said...

That is a super cool layout! The variety of patterns that HSTs can make is fantastic, but I can't come up with them myself. I rely on creative people like you for that! :D