Tuesday, January 10, 2012

HSTs for Christmas!

I made my husband's parents a quilt for Christmas!  I didn't know if I would have time to get it done, but I set a schedule and stuck to it!

I decided to do HSTs (Half Square Triangles) which I think take a lot of time and patience, but it's worth it with all of the different designs you can do with it!  I used a solid khaki color and blues and teals.  I really love the way it turned out!  Inspired by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts (who I think is SO amazing!)

I am not really into borders, so my mom helped me choose the borders (and the back - she's awesome!)

I tried "stitching in the ditch" on this quilt, because I wanted it to be really soft without too much quilting.  Stitching in the ditch is a huge pain and I don't think I'm cut out for it!  It is so precise!  If you look closely at my quilting I am not even in the ditch half of the time!  Oh well!  At least once it was washed and dried it got so crinkly that you can't even tell!

This is the largest quilt I have done since using my new sewing machine.  I had to do the block layout at my husbands office because it was too big for any of my floor space (it measures about twin size).  I had a tricky time with the basting - I did that in our computer room, but it was a really tight squeeze! If I had had more time I would have brought it back to the office!

I have one more baby quilt to do (baby overdue at this point!) and I really need to finish Gracie's quilt.  Poor Gracie.  That has been a WIP forever!  My parents got me a gift certificate to my local sewing shop, so I'm hoping to be able to take a class, or to get some beautiful new fabric to make something that I can keep for our house!!

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