Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Half Square Triangles

Whenever I teach a quilt class I bring along a suitcase full of examples for the students to see and be inspired by. Often I decide to make a new example or finish up a quilt top that would perfectly explain the concept I'll be teaching.

Baby Quilt with Prairie Points
This quilt is tied at the intersections of the blocks
Inspired by a quilt my friend Gail made.
24" x 32"

That's what happened when I taught the Half Square Triangle class a few weeks ago. I had started to make the blocks for this quilt (shown below) several years ago. I had made 8 of the same type of blocks at a quilting retreat. A few years later, I had made several other blocks of stars using the same fabrics. Part 3 was to sew them together and make 4 more blocks to finish the top.

To get away from a seam line along the longer horizontal strips of sashing, I decided to add a few friendship stars. I have no more of that dark blue fabric so at some point I will have to buy something different to use as a border. I don't always sew on a border for my quilts but this one needs one.

This week, I made two small quilts using 30's reproduction fabrics. The pin wheel blocks were already made to use in the Half Square Triangle class as example blocks to create different designs.

I added a border on this patchwork
Prairie Points are pretty but lots of work.
I will be layering it and quilting it using diagonal lines

I like to teach technique classes, like this one, and not actual pattern classes. I want the students to express themselves and not copy someone else's patterns. There are still some spots left in some of the classes I am teaching this November. Click here to check out the schedule.

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