Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Half square triangles again

For those of you who are not members of TheQuiltShow.com, there was a recent episode on the online show featuring Edyta Sitar, and there was also an article about Edyta and her Half Square Triangles (HST)  in the January/February edition of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. On TheQuiltShow.com episode I was impressed with how easy she demonstrated  it is to make HSTs using her paper piecing method.  Now the paper piecing method she demonstrated is not new, there have been various templates out there for a long time... Edyta just brought it to the forefront and everyone's immediate attention.  The concept of doing an exchange was also suggested by Edyta, which in turn kicked off two online exchanges that were started very soon after her show first viewed on TheQuiltShow.com.  There may be more exchanges since then, but I got in on the second one.  I was busy and didn't read the forum posts on the first one and missed the deadline to enter.  That first exchange had about 700 people participating I think. I can't imagine having 700 different HSTs.  I did make it into the second one, which was using Batiks and I am anxiously awaiting my 137 HSTs to arrive.  The concept of this exchange is, you send in 137 HSTs that can all be the same and you get 137 different HSTs back from around the world.

I spoke about being busy and missing the first deadline... I have to learn to pay attention, even when I am going in too many directions at the same time.  I'm usually pretty good at that, but sometimes you just miss some good stuff because you are too busy to stop and look around.  The current week is one of those weeks that just does not have enough days.  I haven't over-scheduled myself, but I surely have maxed out the time I do have available.

One of my projects that I have been working on since last July is my Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt.  I am not finishing mine in the same manner as the book describes... that would make it look too much like everyone else that is making one of these quilts.  My "on point" layout only used 63 of the 111 blocks that are in the book.  I guess that is cutting it short, but I really like the looks of what I have in progress.  I didn't do the math exactly right and thought I would have 8 columns of blocks, each with 9 blocks, but after I added the 7th column, I layed the two sections I had on the bed and knew that I could not add the 8th column because I wanted to add a border.  I had not decided on just how I would do the border, but it was already big with just the 7 columns.  Had I known, I would have switched to use some of the blocks that were supposed to be in my 8th column... they were some of the nicest ones.

I asked my husband for his opinion on some fabric I was auditioning for the border and he didn't like any of the fabric I was trying out.  He said nothing I had shown him did the quilt justice.  He is well aware of all the time it has taken me to put all those blocks together.  He suggested that I "sleep on it" before I took the jump and made the wrong decision.  I was leafing through a quilt magazine and it jumped out at me... Flying Geese!  When I saw it, I knew that it was just what my quilt needed.  I presented my discovery to my husband and he totally agreed that it would be a good choice.

I started making my flying geese strips last week.  I am using a paper piecing template that makes 9" strips with 6 flying geese on each 3" wide strip .  They go together pretty quick, but I want to tell you it takes lots of little pieces of fabric to make the number of geese I will need.  I think I have completed 26 of the 40 strips I will need.  I am going to have a 5" border when I am done... a one inch strip on each side of the 3" wide flying geese.  Yesterday I put the inside 1" border all the way around so I could put one side border of the flying geese on to determine just how many I really will need... also to get a clearer picture of how it will look.  I have enough done to complete the other side, but I am going to go back to completing the 9" strips before I put any more of the borders together.

When I took the pictures I only have the inside green border attached, but as I folded it up to walk back to my sewing room the green from the other side of the quilt looked like it was the outside border of the flying geese edge... so it gave me an even more clear idea of how happy I am with my border choice.
By the time I have this quilt finished... which will be soon, I will have a really neat quilt and hopefully have a better way to hang up a quilt for pictures so I can take a good picture of the whole quilt.  When I say soon, I mean that I have it on my current to-do list, but I will not get much time for the remainder of this week, so it could be a couple of weeks.  I want to get it on our bed, so once I have the borders on, I want to have my quilt frame available to put this quilt on and get it done.

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