Tuesday, July 24, 2012

HSTs!


 I've been pretty busy lately and haven't been doing as much sewing as I'd like to. This past weekend I went camping with 35+ friends and colleagues, so very little sewing happened. I did try to stop at a quilt shop in Uniontown on the way home, but they were closed since it was Sunday. I still haven't unpacked my gross camping clothes! At least the tent is dried out and put away.


Charming Stars is coming along nicely. About eight inches of binding has been sewn down - that was accomplished while sitting under a canopy in the rain on Friday. It is nice to have a hand sewing project to work on!

Charming Stars generated a lot of leftover HSTs. They're pretty tiny...sewing four squares together makes a block about 3.75" square.  I have them all sewn together into squares and pressed with the seams open to eliminate bulk.  Last night I was playing around with designs. 


I could make a bunch of scrappy diamonds and arrange them in some artistic way.

 Scrappy diamond test block.


Or I could make a bunch of scrappy zig-zags that continue across the quilt and then repeat vertically.

   
Scrappy zig-zag test block.



Or I could make a bunch of organized zig-zags... maybe do some sort of chevron pattern?  There just happens to be a multiple of four in every pattern and it takes four HSTs to make the chevron.  That's the direction I'm currently headed in.  
 
Chevron test blocks.


It's definitely going to require some white sashing somewhere to help the fabric go a little further - there's a good handful of blocks but the blocks are all going to be tiny.  This will most likely be a baby quilt.  Unless I go really minimalist and space everything out with a lot of white space.

What do you think?  Which block is your favorite? I'd love to know what you like to do with leftover triangles!

12 comments:

  1. I like the bottom option with the matched up fabrics. If there are 4 of each and it takes 4 to make a block...sounds like kismet to me!

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  2. The bottom version is my favourite!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! That's what I went with!

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  3. I like the bottom and the middle versions!

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    1. I decided to go with the bottom version :) Thanks Ivy!

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  4. I like the scrappy zigzags and maybe a row of white blocks between each row of zigzag blocks.

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    1. I think that's going to be one of my next quilts! It was so tough to decide on a scheme - I liked them all! Glad I've got a huge pile of fabric to cut through and make some more HST quilts!

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  5. HST are so fun to play with the layout, so many options. I like scrappy so the middle one but the bottom chevron is great too.

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    1. I went with the chevrons, but I've got a charm pack of Salt Air and I think that's going to be another HST project!

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  6. I'm a fan of the bottom chevron! It's so fancy!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! That seems to be the popular opinion...and that's what I went with!

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