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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Herringbone in Blues

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  For the past few days, I've been working like crazy to finish up a new quilt top from the blue and aqua scrap panels I showed last week.

Now that it's finished, I have a little confession to make.  I really do despise making tons of half square triangles.  They always take longer than I think they should, and all of that trimming is absolutely not my idea of fun.  I know, I know.  Half square triangles are the building blocks of SO many great quilts, and I just need to suck it up, right?  Yeah, I guess.  Sigh.  It's a good thing they're worth it.

I'm flying to Michigan on Saturday to teach a quilt guild there (yay!), and I'm going to see if I can get this one finished up before I leave, or at least quilted.  Cross your fingers!

Before we party this week, take a look at some of my favorites from last week's link up.  This cute baby quilt was shared by Quilting in the Heartland-

Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting shared her finished Gypsy Wife quilt, and it looks so neat with the low volume background strips!

This pretty green quilt is by Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic-

Johnna at Yellow Bird Stitches linked up this fun and scrappy quilt.

And this clamshell quilt by Kris at Sew Sunshine is just gorgeous!

Okay, y'all, let's party!

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  1. HSTs are a process, but SEW worth the effort (and you newly completed quilt top is picture proof of that!!)

  2. There are many ways to make HSTs that you just need to try different methods until you find one you like. Since it is the trimming you dislike, I recommend cutting them the correct size so you don't have to trim. Judy Martin said that if you cut it right and sew it right, there is no need to trim, and she is right. Your quilt turned out beautifully, and I enjoyed seeing the other quilts too.

  3. I, too, hate making HSTs. But they are so versatile. ☺

  4. Your quilt looks awesome, and I hope you get it finished in time. When I learned to quilt in 2007 I was taught that HSTs *could* be trimmed for extra precision, not that they had to. Sometime since then it has changed. Wonder why.

  5. I really love how you "treat" your scraps. This herringbone quilt is great, and just gave me a new idea. Not that I needed it, but....

  6. Ha! I feel the same way you do about those HSTs but they are so worth the trouble which is proved by your latest quilt! Beautiful.

  7. I'm with you on the HSTs, Kelly! I love the look of them, but really dislike the process. Admittedly though, the 8-at-a-time method has made it somewhat less painful. Haha. Your quilt is a beauty, though! Love the fresh aquas and blues!

  8. I love your quilt! The colors are my favorites! I’ve been wanting to make a Herringbone quilt but the idea of so many HSTs has made me hesitant.

  9. I might be in the minority, but I don't mind trimming my HST's! It was well worth the effort for this quilt though! The layout and colors are so pretty and airy! Have a great trip to Michigan!!

  10. Beautiful scrappy quilts. I love the half square triangles, looks like water.

  11. Your HST quilt looks amazing! Did you deliberately oversize the units for trimming? I bought a little gadget for doing that but haven't tried it yet. Seriously, that HST quilt is like the ones that haunt my dreams. It's ON MY LIST!! :-)

  12. I think I feel the same way about hst but they do so many amazing things. It turned out beautiful. Thanks for posting my clam shell piece!

  13. Looks like a lot of quilters feel the same way about HST! They do make such amazing quilts. I've tried many methods...not sure any are better than another.


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