September 07, 2015

HST Quilt Along

Well, I finished all the Half Square Triangle (HST) blocks, all 30 of them. Then decided that I hated one of them and pulled it out. The other four are going to get pieced on the back. I also decided that I hate HST's. Wait, I already knew that. Now I just hate them more. 



After laying all the blocks out together, it needed something to break up each block. Each block is different and I wanted to showcase that no two where the same. On the inside blocks, I added the one inch sashing. The one inch sashing is quickly becoming my favorite. 




Now I am not sure how to finish the edges. So far my thoughts are a thicker border in the background color, then bind it. What do you all think?

- Patch & Chels

10 comments:

  1. Oh, I laughed right out! Sorry the HST's didn't grow on you, but the quilt is lovely!!!!

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  2. I know you say you hate the HSTs but oh that quilt is beautiful! The inch binding is perfect and I agree, a wider border in the same, and then maybe a scrappy binding from the leftovers would be so pretty :)

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  3. I also laughed when I read your first paragraph. I like HSTs but only in small doses. Making an entire quilt with them can be tedious if you are continually working on it. I have an entire HST pinwheel quilt just waiting for a border and quilting. I really like the 1-inch border. As for finishing the outside edges, I like the idea of the border being exactly 1-inch after you've added your binding (so 1.25 or 1.5 depending upon how thick your bindings are. But that's just the OCD in me talking.

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  4. All those lovely HST's make one pretty quilt. Do you want the quilt bigger? How are you going to quilt it? Do you want to showcase quilting in the border? I would go with the an outside border of between one or three inches depending on the quilting. I agree a scrappy binding.

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  5. I really like the 1" sashing. I think it would look really nice framed with a coloured or scrappy binding.

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  6. I love the soft colors of this quilt and the small sashing is perfect. I agree with Diana, a border that would finish the same size as the sashing after binding would keep the attention on those beautiful blocks. And I'm always a huge fan of scrappy bindings. HSTs are a royal pain to make and work with, but they make such gorgeous blocks!

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  7. I think it is wonderful, but I'm sure I would agree about HST if I had to do that many. I agree with Diana too, the 1' border to frame it and then those beautiful HST will shine.

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  8. The one inch sashing is wonderful with these blocks. I'm trying to wrap my head around your hate for HST but I don't know if we can be friends anymore.....

    I'd agree a thicker border in the background color but maybe even do an interesting binding with it. Add a flange or if you're a glutton for punishment: a prairie point flange would make sense with all the hard angles of the HST blocks.

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  9. What a difference that skinny sashing makes! Let me guess ... you used your regular quarter-inch foot and no pins, right? Only you would get such fabulous results w/o a walking foot or pins!

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  10. It looks great, Chelsea. Yes, I think a simple border as you suggest would frame it perfectly.

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