In an effort to clear out all (or most of) my unfinished projects and WIP’s, I pulled out these half square triangles I started making several months ago. I thought I had talked about them on the blog but can’t find the post, so I must have just written it in my dreams. 🙂
Anyway, I received two charm packs from Moda when I went to Quilt Market last spring. One was a tan Grunge (yum!), and the other was from the William Morris fabric collection.
Now these normally aren’t prints/colors I would work with. I’m usually drawn to fabrics that are much brighter. But for some reason, I found myself wanting to play with these charm packs.
The problem I had was what to do with them? Two charm packs just don’t make a very large quilt. I’m not a table runner kind of girl. I have a few for my house and that’s all I need. And I don’t really have the wall space for another mini – especially one with these kind of prints. So I just jumped in and starting making half square triangles. What else to do with a couple of charm packs?
(Do you have a ‘go to’ pattern you use for charm packs?)
I ended up with 84 HSTs, not enough to make me happy. So I popped over to the Fat Quarter Shop to order another charm pack of the prints and the tan grunge, and some yardage for the back of whatever this is going to be.
Now I have 168 HST’s and my design options have improved. I hung a few on the wall just messing around…(this reminds me of a shark pacing back/forth along the shoreline)
…..and then I played around in EQ8 for a bit….
….and really like how this looks, although the prints need moved around a bit. I added sashing between each row to make the quilt longer. This layout measures 58 x 66″. It’s the perfect size for a lap quilt. I’m going to have to order a bit more of the Grunge fabric for the sashing to make this layout work. I guess I’ll be visiting the Fat Quarter Shop again! Maybe I’ll luck out and my local shop will have the tan color in stock.
I’ve started sewing together some of the blocks. This project may take a while, as I’ll work on it between more pressing projects (aka projects that help pay the bills…) I’ve enjoyed playing around to see what I can create. I hope to do a lot of more of this type of creating in 2018!