Because I’m a nerd, I decided I wanted a Star Trek quilt. I had seen a quilt on Esty made up of HST (think Postcard from Sweden but with red, blue, gold, and black). I liked the look of the random placement of the HST but I wanted something more….nerdy. So I designed this quilt. It was the second quilt I designed (this is an important piece of information).
I started quilting in July 2016, the same month I designed this quilt. Being a new quilter, a 5″ HST didn’t seem that big. Let me tell you, when you put 304 of them together, it’s big. This quilt is approximately 80″ x 95″. Needless to say, I now know 5″ HST are big enough.
I experienced plenty of thread breakage while doing the first few rows and the last few rows. And the tension changed on it’s own part way through. I’m not sure why any of the problems I had occurred although, I’m inclined to believe the first “set” of thread breakage was due to the bobbin not being wound correctly. Besides that, I’m at a loss for why it happened which made things increasingly more frustrating for a while (thanks Momma Bear for making me continue on).
I started this quilt in October 2016, finished the top in 2017, took months to find the perfect backing (which I did from FabricUtopia on Etsy), and it took months for me to figure out how I wanted to quilt it and what thread to use. My goal was to have it done by the end of 2017 but I got it finished in the beginning of 2018, which is close enough.
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted! I feel like I should have a bunch of finished projects to share but…I don’t. I have finished the second part of the mystery quilt though! Talk about half-squares triangles! This installment needed 96 HSTs – 1.5″ half. square. triangles. (Yes, that’s small)
If you have a bunch of half-square triangles to do, I suggest trying the Laundry Basket Quilts triangle paper. This stuff is a life saver when it comes to large quantities of small HST. It makes 32 HST in one go, amazing right?! I mean there’s still the task of cutting but it makes it all super easy and quick.
I have another tip to share – chain piecing and the Cutting Gizmo. Many beginner quilters don’t use or never heard of chain piecing. This technique is basically stitching pieces together with one continuous length of thread without stopping in between pieces. This saves time (and thread) because you aren’t constantly stopping, snipping, and starting again. I feel like I’ve mentioned this fantastic tool before (maybe?) but The Cutting Gizmo is a must have if you chain piece. It makes snipping the connecting threads so easy and super quick!
I have just one more piece of advice to give to all quilters of all levels – NEVER BE AFRAID TO SHOW OFF YOUR WORK! I started quilting in July 2016, joined 2 quilt guilds and have participated in almost every ‘show n tell’ in both guilds. It doesn’t matter how talented you are (or how untalented you think you are), you are making works of art. Your passion for what you do shows through in every stitch and whether you know it or not, you are inspiring other quilters to make their own masterpieces.
I waste invest plenty of time on Pinterest…who doesn’t? There are just so many things to discover and it’s a great place for inspiration. That’s where I stumbled upon the Greek Cross block. It’s quite possibly my new favourite block. It’s sort of like a Churn Dash but…not.
I whipped up a quick pattern and thought about using Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make up the cross part of the block however I figured that might be too busy for what I was going for. I ended up going with Kona Solids (Pond & Mango for the crosses, Bone for background) and Cotton & Steel (XOXO #2 Pencil) for the corner half-square triangles. The finished block size is 12″ x 12″. I managed to get the top done in a day and will post a picture once it’s quilted and ready to go.
Half-square Triangles have to be one of the most common blocks in quilt making. A quilt I’m working on is made up of 302 HST….this Greek Cross one has 80. Needless to say, I’m becoming an expert a HST. If you need a bundle of HST, I’ll tell you how to do the ‘Magic 8’ method which will save you so much time. Continue reading →