Thursday, March 24, 2022

Progress On My Weekday Quilt Project

I'm working on two quilt projects simultaneously.  It isn't my favorite way to work on quilts but one project is a block of the week, with new blocks dropping on Fridays so I work on them on the weekends usually.  I fill in during the week with the other project, Pirouette, from A Scrapbook of Quilts, by Joanna Figueroa and Carrie Nelson.

In the past month, I've gone from the fabric pull... lots of HSTs... the basic blocks.

I have about fifty of these blocks made; I need 100.  I'm enlarging the quilt from the original design with extra blocks so it will fit a queen size bed.  It was pretty slow going at first because I am a fabric placement obsessive.  Each block uses 10 smaller blocks (the HSTs) and I would hem and haw over which to place where, what colors and prints look best next to each other, and so on.  I finally landed on a system.  Because I used fat quarters and triangles on a roll, I have 28 HSTs in the same print combinations.  I put them in separate piles on my table, lined up in rows so the colors were fairly dispersed.  Then I made a block using HSTs 1 through 10, the next block used HSTs 2 through 11, and the next used HSTs 3 through 12, and so on.  I adjust only to avoid having two triangles of the same color next to each other, but it rarely happens.  It is working well and I spend less time obsessing, more time sewing.

I made this project bag a few years ago; I have a few.  They are handy for keeping all the items for a project together - the pattern, fabric, precuts, etc. - until I get to the project.  This one is holding the finished blocks.  

I'll be back soon with an update on the weekend project.

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  1. There's something about having a system for those steps that are fussy but make all the difference to the maker's eye. Congratulations on finding one for your project.

  2. I love your system for the HSTs. I am making a HST quilt too and I do obsess over which fabric is to close to its own, etc. Bravo for finding a system that lets you sew. ;^)

  3. Nice to have a system in place and keep us on you project bag and bet it is real handy.....keep working on those half square triangles Cathy and you are getting there...

  4. That is going to be such a sweet quilt. I probably would have come up with a plan too. It probably didn't take anymore time figuring it out and will same you more headaches and frustration in the end.


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