Thursday, July 19, 2018

The HRT pile grows!

My half-rectangle triangle (HRT) quilt is my go-to quilt when I just want to sew without too much thought.  I prep 'kits' - HRTs grouped together to try and avoid any duplicate fabric touching - and then when I find time to sew, I can just sew away..

At my guild sew-in two weeks ago, I sewed together 40 sets of 8-HRTs.   Love looking at this pile!  (Want a HRT tutorial?)


32 HRTs make a 16'' block.  To keep some sanity in my process, I am assembling the blocks in the order shown below - first make a boatload of HRTs, then sew them in pairs, then into groups of 4 and then into groups of 8.   Once I've got everything in groups of 8, I'll press to get my seams going in alternative directions and sew into blocks.



For the quilt size I'm working towards (64 x 80") I need eight (80) of these groups of 8 which will yield the 20 blocks I need for the quilt.


The overall quilt will need 640 HRTs and frankly I got myself lost in how many I had made and got tired of counting them.   With them in groups of 8, I know how many more I need to sew.


40 sets of 8 are together - 40 more to go!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, July 16, 2018

Random - a finish

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

Once upon a time*, I purchased a mini-charm pack filled with every gorgeous color from Paintbrush Studios solids.  With no specific project in mind, I turned them into about 100 hexies.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

And then I started to assemble them - randomly.  I disciplined myself to blindly pick a hexie and attach it irredgardless of the color of the neighboring hexie.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

 I continued in a clockwise direction until essentially it was time to square off the project.  Placement was still random though.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

All complete, I adhered my project to fusible fleece** and then sewed a basting line all around the edge.

Then, more random fun.  I gathered all my thread - a mix of Aurifil & Superior So Fine - into a basket and proceeded to hand quilt.  Patterns we again randomly done.  Most of the time these were running stitches but a few times I got a bit 'fancy'.  Thread was either coordinating color or it not - everything was fair game.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random


One every hexie had at least a line of hand-quilting. I squared the project up to 15'', redoing the basting stitch along the edge where needed.


Love the way the back looks!

For the back, I followed my own tutorial to add a zipper and used a navy blue with a accent of some Sweetwater text fabric.

elm street quilts pillow back tutorial

And now I have a beautiful pillow.

elm street quilts hexie pillow random

 Pictured above on my couch, the pillow actually now sits on my comfy gilder rocker (left over from when my kids were babies) where I like to sit and read or stitch at the end of the day.


elm street quilts hexie pillow random


* last summer

** although this seemed like a good idea at the time to keep things in place and avoid the need to actually baste with pins, it was a bear to sew through that fleece and led to hand fatique

elm street quilts hexie pillow random


I'll be linking up my finish with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, July 13, 2018

Double Windmill quilt - want to make your own?


Last week I blogged about a new podcast - The Quilt Fiction Podcast - by my friend Frances Dowell.  Frances is reading chapters from her latest novel - new episodes each Friday.

The Friendship Album is a story about 5 woman - Eula, Bess, Florence, Emmeline and Dorothy - who gather together as a group based on their mutual love for quilting.  In each episode, we hear a few more chapters of their story.


Recently Frances and I worked together on a quilt pattern inspired by a newspaper clipping she found circa 1930s.  The pattern is now available for free!

Her quilt is gorgeous - see it here.   She used 1930s themed fabric to create her quilt and the free quilt pattern is designed around that colorway -


I wanted to play around with other color-ways (EQ7 makes this so easy!).  Aren't these fun?







My favorite may very well be the second one or maybe the last one!

Read more about the quilt and get the free pattern here.

One of my key goals for 2018 was to collaborate with other quilters & bloggers.  I'm pleased to share my very first result!

Have a wonderful day! Patty