Monday, May 2, 2016

Possibilities in half square triangles

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.

Vintage Rainbow HST

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...

juggling Half Square Triangles

This came first.  It's probably a cousin to the hourglass block?

juggling Half Square Triangles

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.

juggling Half Square Triangles

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....

juggling Half Square Triangles

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.

juggling Half Square Triangles

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. 

Here goes!

23 comments:

  1. I love your last arrangement. It will also look great with other fabrics too. I like the scrappy look!

    The speed at which you complete your projects amazes me. I work slowly and I also overthink everything I do. Lol

    Leslie

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    1. Well, remember, all of these blocks came ready-made!

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    2. I know you received those blocks but all of your projects come to fruition quickly: ) I have friends that work quickly and have great out comes. I have always been envious of people that have those capabilities. I try speeding up my work and I begin to make mistakes. I have to embrace my slowness and accept it. : ) I am the tortoise. Lol

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  2. I love all the layouts you've made! The interlocking windmills are my favorite but you're right it'll need other fabrics and colors to work better. Can't wait to see how your finish top will look I'm sure it's amazing.

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  3. it's all about the process, isn't it? I like all of them, but I think you hit upon the right solution.

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  4. Very nice! And for what it's worth, I think your second arrangement (cousin to the hourglass block) is called Broken Dishes.

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  5. All of these are attractive. I love HSTs so much. they are so fun to fool with, you could go on for hours experimenting.
    That is the hard part for me, making up my silly mind :-P
    Well, I love the last choice very much.
    You are keeping busy. That is good. I am being slow as a snail, and easily distracted by making other things, a blouse, another blouse, a flower, a cute mini quilt for mom and dad's door, silly balls for Sarah.... yep. three quilts stuck to the wall still being assembled.
    Enjoy Spring!
    I really love the last display the best!

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    1. Blouse-making is something I aspire to! The quilts keep getting in my way. My quilts are very bossy...

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  6. It's amazing how 'sleeping on it' helps my unsure mind too.
    I like your choice. It does have a vintage feel but is not common and suits perfectly! I look forward to the finish :)
    Hope you have a sunshine filled week!
    p.s....A curious mind is wondering - any baby goats yet?

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    1. Oh, yes! The baby goats are a couple of weeks old. I should snap a picture for the blog, shouldn't I? =)

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    2. Yes. Would love to see a pic of the baby goats!

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  7. How fun to play around and come up with different arrangements! I LOVE the last one, great choice!

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  8. Love your choice. thanks for walking us through how you made it.
    glen

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  9. What clever and different ways to use hsts. I often shamelessly copy the ideas of the Do. good. Stitches quilts for my own and for charity quilts. And these will now be thrown into the mix!! Hope you don't mind!

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  10. I agree! The last arrangement is a standout for those varied colours! Love it!

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  11. I agree with your final choice, it's the most interesting I think. I'm definitely eager to see how your quilt will come together.

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  12. Love reading through your process. Love the result, too!

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  13. Love reading through your process. Love the result, too!

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  14. How fun to read about how you chose your layout Rachel!
    The interlocking windmills are a pretty exciting discovery and it will be great to see where you take it!

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  15. That's the one I'd vote for! Love it. And you definitely have to try that other spinning pattern in different fabrics. It's awesome. But I like the diamond-ish shapes for the blocks you got.

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