Monday, January 14, 2013

Two More Quilt Patterns & HST Block Tutorial & Pattern Giveaway

Here are photos of my two newest quilt block patterns.  They're fast, simple and made from layer cakes!  These two quilt tops both used Cuzco from Moda Fabrics.

These patterns utilize the fastest and most fabric efficient way I know of to make half-square triangles (HST).   Once HST are pieced, the plethora of blocks that can be created from them is endless.  The blue quilt's center is the traditional "Windblown" block while the center of the red quilt is a traditional "Diamond" block that turns into a star once a sawtooth border is added.  I'm pretty  happy with how they have turned out.  My husband got into the designing of these and came up with many more versions of combining HST.  The additional layouts are both included in the pattern and PDF can be accessed at the bottom of the HST tutorial.

So...on to the tutorial.

  1. Layer a solid fabric on top of a print fabric.
  2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the lighter colored fabric.
3.  Sew 1/4 inch away from BOTH sides of this line.
4. Cut these squares in half along the drawn line and press seams toward the darker fabric.  This results in two HST units.

Here is a link to other HST quilt layouts that my spouse came up with.  So many little time!  As you can see, playing around with HSTs, you can create your own unique quilt once you can quickly piece the unit.

Here is another pattern I have created using HST for sale on my Etsy shop:

Coming up...two more pattern demos to piece...then I'll be back to machine quilting.  I am planning to do a baptist fan using circular and half-circle rulers on my lightening bolt top and will share how I do it on my mid-arm quilting machine.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!