While I was crafting my Still Point quilt and pattern this April, fat envelopes arrived by mail from my bee mates of Love circle, do. Good Stitches. Before long I had received a bumper crop of 3.5" unfinished half square triangle blocks. Thanks, ladies! I have a few projects still in the works, but it feels like high time I attend to this unfinished business. The first step is to settle on an arrangement.
Although I had every intention of exploring the possibilities, I confess that the above setting has been lodged in my psyche since the day I launched the project. You know how sometimes you see something and get fixated on it? Yep, that's me. I do so like these squares on point, their almost faceted style and simple, no-fuss groupings.
But I would be true to my word, so...
This came first. It's probably a cousin to the hourglass block?
And next, pinwheels. Classic and cheery.
After which I juggled a few more classics like zigzags and square-in-square, then decided that classic wasn't doing it for me this time.
My next arrangement pulled together 8 half square triangle blocks, rather than 4. It's simple, but I don't remember seeing it before. Hmm....
After that I meandered my way to these interlocking windmills. I kept thinking the pattern wouldn't work, couldn't keep nesting, but it did and it does. The edges are mind-bending, aren't they? But it would be a cinch to sew together, all the blocks in rows. I want to make this quilt someday, but not in these fabrics. I think I need to simplify colors or fabrics to really let the pattern shine.
After sleeping on it, I've decided to change course after all! Even though I love the simple, faceted squares we started with, I like this arrangement most in the collected patterns and colors my bee mates have sent. Something about it feels quite vintage, and my color scheme was inspired by a vintage rainbow after all.