Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Square It Up


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a flurry of half square triangles in the making. This is a fun little mindless sewing, scrap busting project that I started recently to rescue several cut away triangles from my last few projects. Now, I'm not exactly the epitome of a "never throw a scrap away" kind of girl, but some scraps are just too good to toss.



So, as with almost every project that I start... who needs a plan? Just make it up as you go, and if you're going to do it at all, then do it big! Go big, or go home, right? I've also been adding other scraps as well as a few of those this-fabric-was-just-made-for-this favorites. I've been saving this Heather Ross fabric for a long time for just the right project, and I'd have to say it belongs in this quilt!



I've been having fun experimenting with the endless layout possibilities of the most simple quilting unit out there. Here's a few that I've come up with so far. These first two have potential, but I'm not completely sold on either layout:


I've been thinking that I would like to do an Ocean Waves quilt. As an individual block I think it's nice, but I'm not so convinced when there are more units together... perhahps a little too busy and bright?


Speaking of busy, meet the "take the cake" version! I really like the layout of this block, but it just feels like it needs more thought about negative space to bring a calm to the bold contrasts.



So, in an effort to create more negative space, I tried this Bunting Block version. I like the idea of the negative space, but perhaps now there is too much negative space, leaving me with too many left over HST's.



Well, I suppose this just means that I'm back to the drawing board, but there are a few more favorite fabrics that "need" to be added to the mix...



Do you have any good half square triangle layout ideas?

Linking up this week to Let's Bee Social.

17 comments:

  1. Such vibrant colors! I had never realized how versatile HSTs can be. Your layout experiments are all exciting. Can't wait to see which one you will pick...

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  2. I love those fabrics! Sometimes there are too many layout options aren't there? Excited to see which you choose.

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  3. I love your first and second arrangements! :)

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  4. All beautiful possibilites with this gorgeous fabric. I think I like the first one the best and I do think a quilt made of one huge ocean waves block would be cool. Maybe I'll have to make it.

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  5. gorgeous scraps! I like the second one down... does that make me traditional?

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  6. I just love the colors you've chosen, yum! I'm all about wow, so Take the Cake gets my vote. I have a tote full of finished HST's, so I hope to see lots of suggestions for using them.

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  7. It's a little bit like a jigsaw puzzle. I'm liking option one with the small purple diamonds.

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  8. I like the first layout most. It looks like little purple diamonds within. Secondly I like the last layout option. I once tried to find the perfect layout with HST, which led me to a totally other project because I could not make any choice.
    My advice: Don't hesitate too long.

    Mareike

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  9. I love, love that first layout, makes me want to make it now!!!

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  10. Love the fabrics and I really like seeing all the different layouts. All are good depending on the end result you want ..... you have certainly sparked an interest in me with this post!

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  11. I would vote first one, too. :) Definitively love the blocked color arrangements more that the scattered ones.

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  12. I often refer back to this big chart of HST combos: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/115264071686031879/ It's really easy to see at a glance which ones have more negative space. How about the one in the second column, fourth row? Kinds of flowery looking!

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  13. Any of those layouts would be perfect. I like the brightness of your fabric choices and don't think any of them look too busy. But of course that's personal preference. But I don't think you could go wrong with any of the layouts you've tried so far.

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  14. I'm a real HST-sorta gal, and I like them all! That's quite the diagram that Louise posted - using that will keep you busy for a long while :)

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  15. no other ideas, but I like the last version best :-)

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  16. Ahhhh, the HST dilemma! I just love it! As another HST devotee, been there too! These are such beautiful fabrics/colors! Have fun...it will be simply radiant when you finish, no matter how you choose to layout!!

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  17. Your fabrics show off the versatility of the HST so well, and every one of them is beautiful, good luck with choosing!

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