Wednesday, February 24, 2016

launching a Vintage Rainbow

March is my month to lead the quilt for Love Circle at do. Good Stitches!  Yay!!  Yay!! and Yay!!  There's lots I love about being involved in a collaborative charity quilting bee, but one big perk is getting to see my ideas come to life with the helpful, creative hands of others.  This time I've selected a block that has so much play, so much possibility, but feels so completely tedious to make (at least to me).

Vintage Rainbow HST

Can anyone say, Half Square Triangle?  I get bored just thinking about making them.  I know they're the building block of many, many fabulous designs, but....  Ugh, it's mainly the trimming, actually.  I should really experiment with some cutting method that might eliminate the trimming.

Vintage Rainbow HST

I've courageously made more HST blocks than I'm asking my bee mates to make.  Ok, also I was enjoying the colors, the colors!  I've decided to use my favorite inspiration collage from the Vintage Rainbow mosaic contest as a springboard for our color choices:

Vintage Rainbow {a mosaic contest}

It's hard for me to have the restraint to incorporate a lot of white and grays into my work, so that's another benefit of working with a team.  May this collage inspire them!

Vintage Rainbow HST

Ok, here's the best part - I haven't decided what I'll do with them!  I'm going to watch the HST blocks pour in, singular and un-joined, and then have a nice "what if" party playing with different arrangements with them here in person.  Totally looking forward to that.

Thanks in advance to my Love Circle friends for stitching along with me!

23 comments:

  1. I love how they're set up just like that! And your inspiration collage is inspiring -- maybe I might enjoy a little HST frenzy too ;)

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  2. I'm not a big fan of trimming tons HST's either. I use the Quilt-in-a-Day Triangle square up ruler which seems to making trimming go faster because I'm cutting only two sides instead of 4. I've been contemplating getting a bloc-loc ruler but I don't make enough HSTs to justify buying one. Or maybe I'd make more if I had the ruler. Lol.

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    1. I almost always trim just 2 sides of each square as it is! I've thought about getting a rotating mat, but I honestly don't think it'll make it more pleasant. Or, it would, but probably not enough for the cost?

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    2. I was not impressed with the rotating mat, for what it's worth. It just doesn't work for me since I'm so set in my cutting ways, you have to really re-think how you use your rotary cutter to take advantage of it.

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  3. Trimming HST doesn't seem to light a fire under many of us. I find if I've got a good audio something going on I can make good progress. On a challenging day there is sometimes a chocolate reward at the end of the pile. Look forward to seeing what you do with yours!

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  4. Did you see this post on IG? https://www.instagram.com/p/BCD1jxEKKAt/?taken-by=jamiemswanson
    I haven't tried it yet but I'm gonna!

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    1. You know what's silly? You've reminded me that I actually bought the Fons & Porter HST ruler and forgot about it! Duh. Maybe I need to test it out!

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    2. I hate trimming so I avoid it at all costs. I always use the Fons and Porter HST ruler and it really works well for me. I find it very accurate.

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  5. do you have a die cutter? Makes HST so much less hassle. all those little dog ears are already cut off.

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    1. Nope, but I'm thinking about it now! Doing this project has had me realize that I would like to experiment with HST's more. I know I'll keep ignoring them unless I find a less odious process.

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  6. I used to hate HSTs until I got a 6.5" Bloc-Loc Ruler - it was expensive and a total splurge, but I loved it so much, I went back and ordered the 12.5" size too! You won't need a rotating mat with it, and it makes it totally simple. I trimmed up about a hundred 1 3/4" HSTs the other afternoon in about 45 minutes. That's hard to beat! You can find videos demonstrating the ruler, and yes, it is really that easy!

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  7. If you're joining a bunch of same-sized HSTs like this, there's really no need to trim them. I mean, who really cares if the individual HST units finish at 3 1/8" instead of a nice even 3" (or whatever the case may be)? As long as you're starting with all the same size squares and are keeping a consistent seam allowance, they will all fit together in the end.

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    1. That's true! I've thought along those lines too. I've never made a whole work myself with HST where I could get away with having an unusual finished size. But, maybe someday I will. =)

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  8. I also hate HST's because of the trimming! I highly recommend these: http://trianglesonaroll.com/ - you only need to trim the dog ears!

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  9. Am I the only one who doesn't mind the HST process? I've certainly done my share of trimming ~ just finishing up The Postcard from Sweden and THAT was a lot of cutting, let me tell you! I love what you've got going on here ~ the mosaic and the layout of the blocks you've got done! Can't wait to see what you end up with!

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    1. I don't think you're the only one. I think Rita of Red Pepper says she doesn't mind trimming? If so, you're in great company! I often tell myself that is why she makes so many stunning geometric quilts! Where can I see your Postcard from Sweden?

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  10. So fun just to wait and see what happens! And rainbows :)

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  11. I used to hate triangles too. Take the splurge and get a Bloc-loc Ruler. Changed my HST experience. Now I don't mind and usually save trimming for tv or movie watching.

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  12. I do love hsts a lot.
    I love the blocks you made, this layout is nice too.
    I hope all of you are enjoying this soppy weather.
    It poured buckets yesterday in No. Va.
    I hope this is a sunny nice week-end for all of us, so we can enjoy some fresh hopeful and energising air! We need it

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    1. It was sunny here this weekend! We went on a hike as a family on Sunday afternoon and then visited Eleni's grove, where her ashes were spread. Today was her birth day. It is also her death day, to me. It is the day she was mortally injured. But, we honored and missed her today extra special, on a beautiful, sunny weekend.

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  13. I too despise trimming hsts! Interesting suggestions in the comments though. Xx

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  14. I don't mind half square triangles because I rarely need to trim them I use the EZ angle ruler which I think is like the Fons & Porter one you have. I do have to maintain a good quarter inch but so worth it! Bonnie Hunter has great video tutorials in her Tips & Techniques section of her blog about the ruler and how to always get the perfect quarter inch. Your triangles are going to be so great!!

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  15. Those colors will make the most wonderful quilt Rachel! It sounds like a great group you have there! I like to make HST using paper pattern mostly, unless they are too big for that. No trimming and it makes a whole mess of them at once.

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