Quilt Archive

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Aspen Autumn Adding Some Color

Hello Blogger Friends,

Time to add some color to those HSTs!  These blocks are the next step in the process:

Next time, setting the blocks on point.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Aspen Autumn HSTs done!

Hello Blogger Friends,

I have some progress to report...my HSTs are done!  This pattern had an unusual way of making them (at least I've never done HSTs this way before):

First, I cut a 17" square of two fabrics.  I placed them right sides together, then drew a grid of squares on the lighter piece.  Diagonals were then also drawn in the squares.  Then, I stitched 1/4" from each side of the diagonals, then cut the  squares and diagonals on all drawn lines.  From the 17" squares of fabrics, I wound up with 32 3 1/2" sewn squares and a little bit of scrap.  I've never made HST blocks this way before, so this was a new one on me.

The stitching lines were a scant 1/4", so some of the squares needed to be trimmed just a slight bit to the 3 1/2" finished size.  Also, because I used a continuous line from edge to edge, each set of sewn triangles had a few stitches on the opposite corner (from the center stitched seam).  I quickly removed these corner stitches so I could open the piece up to press.

Next time, adding some color!

I'm back!

Hello Blog Friends!

Sorry I've been away for a few weeks.  I was on a scrapbooking retreat, then was working some long, long hours at work!  All of our contractors have been working doubly hard to finish projects before winter.  It seems that in the concrete business, the construction season is not over until the snow flies. 

I'm back to normal hours now, and back to my crafts.  I spent the better part of today working on Aspen Autumn.  See the following posts for progress reports!