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Sewing Retreat – New Project

Last weekend we had an all-day sewing retreat at a local township hall. I have had a project in my mind for a while ever since I saw the Stonehenge Gradation charm packs up at my local quilt shop. They are absolutely gorgeous Fabrics.

I love the richness of the colors and the movement in each piece. No two 5 inch pieces are the same. I got several of the charm packs, a strip set, plus a skinny roll of black strips at Christmas time. (And then ended up buying more!). I played around with a couple of ideas before deciding to make a ton of Half Square Triangles with the charm packs. I’ll end up with approximately 747 HST.

Aren’t those just absolutely gorgeous? I had quite a few of them made already before the sewing retreat so I packed everything up along with my machine and off I went.

I decided to do these an easy way where are you put two fabrics right sides together and sew along all four sides. And then you cut on the diagonal and end up with 4 half Square triangles.

If you have 5 inch charms you can sew them together like this and end up with approximately 3 inch half square triangles. They are not perfectly the same size but at this point I really didn’t care. I wasn’t aiming for a certain size.

Then I had to decide how I wanted to put them together. I laid them out in a couple different configurations.

Then I did what I do often and I just Winged It.

Then I looked at it again, grabbed the rotary cutter and a ruler, and made a slice diagonally across what I had just put together. I added some black strips between the pieces and around the block. I made another block, sliced it a couple times and added black strips between and around. Then I grabbed one of my Stonehenge strips and put them all together.

And this is what I ended up with for my first section of the quilt that I am going to make with these Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s not perfect… if the quilt police were to look at it. But I have the quilt police banned from my house anyways. 🤣

The sections are not going to be identical. I will just put the squares together until I reach a size I like, and then start cutting and adding the black. Eventually I will have a quilt top made in a stained glass type idea using gorgeous Stonehenge Fabrics.

Did you make anything this weekend? Have you gone to a retreat lately?

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HST – Half Square Triangles

I had the day off yesterday so after stopping at my favorite quilt shop (Sew Crazy) for a couple hours, I took a little drive around town. Partly to just be out of the house for a bit and partly to let my car get up to operating temperature. Since I’m working from home now and since we’ve been having near and below zero temperatures here, it’s important to take the car out at least once a week and get the engine warmed up. (We have a garage, otherwise this would have to be a daily thing).

After I got home, I started thinking about more crazy square ideas and headed down to the Wife Cave. Fabric flying left and right, piles stacking up, and two new crazy squares were born. (The pics will be shown in later posts after they are embroidered).

What to do after the crazy squares were done? The sewing itch was still going strong but I wasn’t in the mood for more crazy squares.

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Look at those beautiful batiks! This is a moda charm pack spread out. Gorgeous. Fun. Idea inspiring. Ideas….

How about triangles?!

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I’ve not worked with triangles that much but they are actually pretty easy to work with.

One, two, three: the Half Square Triangles started to come together.

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Once I had a handful of them made, I started playing around with placement ideas.

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Oh the possibilities!
I managed to get 33 HST made before my bobbin ran out. After looking at the time, I decided it was a sign that I should be done for the night. I have enough triangles left to make another 40 HST, which will give me a finished quilt top size of only 32″x36″ before border.

Then the options are: a) pick a block design (or several) and put sashing between each block. B) add a really wide border. C) buy another moda batik charm pack and make more HST!

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Lovely, simply lovely. At least I think so.