Monday, February 27, 2012

A Scrappy Half Square Triangle Quilt!

Time seems to have flown by!  Since getting my bionic knee in September, several holidays have passed, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day, and even MLK Day!  I didn't work full time during my recovery, but I did go to physical therapy five days a week!  I'm happy to report, finally, that I have graduated (again) from therapy!  Yes, I even have a t-shirt to prove it!  The downside to this, however, is that I have been released for full duty work!  So, for the past few days I have been working...NIGHTS!  I haven't worked the night shift for a very, very long time.  So, not only am having to get used to work again, I have to adjust to vampire hours!  Anyway, I wanted to update you on a few of the things going on in my personal life.

As for things going on in my sewing life, you should know I still have the quilting bug.  As you may know, I made my first quilt a few weeks ago.  It was appliqued.  After that, I made a small art quilt.  So I decided I should try a traditional quilt next.  After looking through many books and searching the internet for inspiration, I decided to do a scrappy half square triangle quilt using white and colored fabric from my stash.  Once I started cutting the first several squares, I could see a hot pink color theme beginning.  I decided to go with this.

Sorry, it's a weird angle shot.  Here I have laid out 88 half square triangles.  I actually cut 104, but  decided 88 was the best layout design.  Next I sewed them together.

Starting to look pretty cool right?  I decided to add borders.  First, a scrappy border.

See it on the left edge?  I also added hot pink borders to the top, bottom, and sides.  

The top and bottom borders are wider than the sides.  The quilt top is now complete and measures in at 42 1/2" X 60."  It's my biggest quilt so far!  Now I just need to get started on the backing, which will be white.  Then, make my quilt sandwich, baste it, and then start quilting!  That's the scary part.  Do I want to attempt quilting this one?  If so, how?  Straight lines?  Stippling?  Free motion?  Any suggestions?  

I hope you all have a terrific Monday!  I'm off to bed!

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Lynne Williams said...

Your quilt is very cheerful. the quilting part is always my biggest, my only suggestion is something with undulating lines to break up the angles.

Have fun with it,

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Oh this is so upbeat and bright pink!!!! Loving your being engulfed by quilting. Take good naps, glad you are okay back to work! Take it easy though, I am sure it will take time for the knee to be good good. xox Corrine

Heather and Kathy said...

I love the layout for the new quilt! i have not been brave enough to start a quilt. I have a friend who hand sews quilts! My hands hurt too much for that so I think I will just be an admirer of quilts. I am glad you have graduated to working again. I know nights must be awful, but I am sure you will get days again soon! Good luck with work and quilting!!!


Priya said...

Oh it must have been hard to cope with the therapy and juggling work and home. I'm amazed how u find time to quilt . BTW its a gorgeous work that you have done!