Friday 25 September 2015

Oh baby!

I love the half square triangle! It is so versatile. You can make a bunch of them and then set to work playing with arrangement. That is exactly what I did when I decided to make a baby quilt for my friend Peita.
I started off with some lovely , marshmallow soft colour fabrics. These half square triangle units were made from 5 inch squares of fabric. I paired a light and slightly darker square to make these half square triangle units.

Then I started to play around with layouts

I am sure that there are many more ways to use half square triangles. I decided on this design for the quilt. I am thrilled with the way it turned out.

Even the back is matched and really shows off the quilting design.

You don't need a pattern to follow when making a quilt like this. Just work out your dimensions, and get going filling the space with your half square triangle units. Put on a border to frame your quilt design. Arrange, rearrange, take a photo to check your colour balance , and then make final tweeks. 
There is great joy in designing a one off quilt in this way.  It is liberating.  I have used a soft , pastel colour way for this quilt, but just imagine how striking a black and white quilt would be, or a more saturated palette. Below is a quilt I made for my niece Laura last year.

Tomorrow I am teaching my Pikelets workshop at Cottage Quiltworks, with a wonderful group of ladies. I am looking forward to working with them. Their creativity and talent is inspirational.

Happy sewing, love Miriamx 

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous, Miriam! Very soft, lovely. What a yummy play time you have had!