Welcome back everyone. Thank you for joining me on the next leg on my quilting journey.
This Blog is all about Half-square triangles. Yes! I know been done a hundred times before by people far more talented than me. However, what you may not have discovered yet is the joy of making them using cake mix papers. As I said in my Previous blog, I am a self-confessed Moda fan so when my supplier, the wonderful Temptress, Shelagh Folgate told me about this new product intriguingly called “Cake Mix Recipes”, I was very keen to give them a try. They came as 45 Layer cake sized sheets on a handy Pad. With instructions so simple even I could work it out. I love the versatility of half-square triangles and the myriad of blocks that could be made by them.
Around the same time, I started to get to thinking about my brother’s long anticipated wedding to his beautiful fiancé of 15 years. As they have been together for so long, I thought what better gift to give them than a handmade quilt. As I have often lamented, and my blog page suggests I don’t have a whole lot of time to sew but I still I had this crazy notion that I would have loads of time to make it and what better time to try this new product.
Their bedroom colours are cream and Duck Egg, so I paired a plain fabric (in a Teal/Duck egg shade) with a layer cake from my Bountiful stash (one of my favourite Moda designers, Laundry Basket Quilts) and off I went. Although this blog is not specifically a product review, but I have to say I was very happy that my half squares triangles didn’t have their usual slant to them. And so many in one go!!
I was virtually swimming in 2-inch half square triangles. So once I had cut all my triangles, I start building up the blocks to become the quilt top. About 2/3rd of my way through making these blocks I had started to curse myself for using 2 inch squares, my brother and his fiancé for finally setting a date, the world, Uncle Tom Cobley and all!!!
Note to myself and fellow readers, If I must use such a small square, look to use them on a smaller overall project. Either that or go for a larger half square triangle. OR at least allow myself plenty of time to complete the project. And most importantly, if I will insist on using up my stash and making up the pattern as I go, make sure you have enough fabric, otherwise I will find myself trying to match up the fabric with other complimentary ranges. (FYI French General works with Laundry basket in small doses).
Did I say I was not following any pattern just a few vague scribbles in my Ideas book. Yeah that was so clever ?! Anyway I eventually I finished piecing the quilt top ….phew… …… With only a few weeks to spare. But then …OMG …. I still I need to quilt it !!! I did not have time to hand Quilt. As I had already pieced the top, I really did not have the time or inclination to unpicking it all to attempt Quilt-as-you-go. Thankfully, I found a local Long arm service who very kindly did an amazing job of Long arm quilting the quilt in super quick-time, I even got it back in enough time to hand bind !!! Yippy!
Luckily both the Bride and Groom Approved so all’s well that ends well! And therein is the Tale of the Time I bit off more than I could Chew!