November 07, 2015

HST Quilt Along



Over the last year my guild has been doing a half square quilt along. There are 72 different patterns in all, but I only did 29. Instead of making them 8 inches, I scaled up and did 12 inches instead. This made the quilt come together much faster.  I also went with 1 inch sashing, it worked out perfect! It might just be my new favorite sashing width. Just enough to separate the blocks but not too much that it creates too much white space. 


For fabric I used a fat quarter pack of Gypsy Caravan by Amy Butler. They are not my "typical" colors but I was drawn to the color palette as a whole. For the background I used Kona Bone. The red and blue blocks are my favorite patterns in the bunch.



Over the summer I was at a discount fabric store and spotted some of the line for this quilt. At $4.99 a yard it was going to be the backing! The quilt was originally going to be 5 by 6 blocks but I hated one of the blocks, so the front became 5 by 5, and I used the other four in the backing. It ended up working out perfectly with the yardage I already purchased. 




Check another quilt off my WIP list! Now I can bring this one into my next guild meeting to share/brag to my guild mates this quilt along is done. Next, I just need to get started on my Patchwork City blocks .... 

- Patch & Chels

10 comments:

  1. So pretty! I think the sashing adds a great balance. What resource or pattern did you use for the 72 patterns? I think my quilt group would enjoy creating this.
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  2. Auditing the blocks for the top to be just the ones you love is always worthwhile. The grouping on the back looks so purposeful and coordinated with the backing fabric, anyway. :)

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  3. The 1" sashing is perfect! I love all the soft colors - beautiful!

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  4. Lovely quilt Chelsea. I really like the 1" sashing too, I might have to give that a try sometime.

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  5. Lovely quilt and the back coordinates so well.

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  6. It's been fun watching this come together. It's given me a new appreciation for Gypsy Caravan (read that as: an impetus to stash it myself)! Well done!

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  7. isn't it great when the blocks on the back make the backing fabric work out so well. Great price too!

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  8. IT's a gorgeous quilt. It's amazing how many different looks HST's will give xx

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  9. I don't think I'd normally buy that particular fabric myself, but it looks beautiful in the HSTs with the kona bone. I'm a fan of 1-inch sashing but I'm not a fan of sewing them. The 4 blocks that you used for the back really coordinate well with the backing fabric. And at $5/yard, you can't beat that!

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  10. Well done! Isn't it amazing what you can do with HSTs.
    I agree that the 1-inch sashing is perfect for these blocks, which already have a lot of the background fabric in them.

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