Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mod Quad :: HST

I'm captivated!  Obsessed, smitten, enamored and gaga with Half Square Triangles that is!  It's not just about this quilt or the seemingly hundreds that I've made.  It's the fact that you can take a simple block and configure it into so many different things.  Simple or elaborate.  Big blocks, small blocks or combined.  

This latest quilt was inspired by one I made in January: Bye Bye Hand Dyed, where I used the last of my hand dyed fabrics.  I very well could have done an exact copy of it, but why not try something different!

Mod Quad
36 1/2" x 49"
As you can see it's a simple design focusing on different shades of yellow and light orange for the main rectangle.  Using negative space puts the emphasis on the shapes allowing them to be front and center.  Which is what I like about this particular design.  

You can add HST's to make your shape larger, or smaller - a square or rectangle - or both.


I like to play with straight line quilting when I make this type of design.  I tend to use 1/2" to 3/4" wide lines on smaller quilts and 3/4" to 1 1/2" on larger ones.  And I love trying to create interest with the lines.  


Focusing on the shape.  Or making a 'ghost' shape that is like a block in the quilt.  In this case it was the smaller block.  


I ended up quilting a series of blocks in a row.  This picture of the back shows what I mean by 'series' much better.


I've always had a special fondness for the combination of yellow and gray, so I grabbed my Aurifil 50 wt. spool of Canary (#2120) for this quilting adventure.  I love how it stands out against the Kona Shadow gray.  


I recently confiscated a stack of solids from my daughter Britt's stash and thought the bright orange would be a good compliment to the design.


I usually map out sections before quilting focusing on one large section for lines and then working the other areas with either a different width of lines or a different direction.


This was the first time I added the double lines in the corner.  Something different, yet it worked.


What's a post from me about a quilt without the usual 'pile' picture?!  The only think that would be better than this is if it had that dreamy crinkled look after washing!


Do you get sick of seeing the same old block in quilts?  Can there be too much of a good thing?

I think too much of a good thing can only be food related!  Too much ice cream, too much chocolate, maybe too much wine...but never too much when it comes to the creativeness and inventive ways of HST'S!

LINKING:
TGIFF

22 comments :

  1. It wouldn’t be possible to get sick of half square triangles when you use them in so many different and unique ways. Love your quilting, again, especially the double lines. I’ve ran out of words, I seem to be using the same ones over and over, because they are true, lovely, wonderful and gorgeous!

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    1. I couldn’t agree more on HST’s. They are the most versatile and simple block one could make. When I make my blocks I usually make a huge, huge stack of them so that I can put together many different combinations of quilts. It’s just fun to play with them and see what evolves on the design wall. Straight line quilting is my favorite quilting to use. There also seems to be unlimited ideas and designs you can do with it just like the HST’s. A match made in heaven!

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  2. You combined several things that I am drawn to in modern quilting: the HST, bold colors, and straight line quilting. It all works so wonderfully together. Take care, Mary.

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  3. Oh those colors just pop! Very bold and fun. It's amazing how such a simple block can have such impact.

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  4. I am anxious to complete may current project to start a new quilt using HST. As a confident beginner, the lines on a quilt is easy to accomplish with great results. Love your colors.

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    1. I think you could have a lot of fun with HST’s! It doesn’t take much to make an amazing design! Results are almost always fantastic! Confident beginner or old pro…you cannot go wrong with HST blocks!

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  5. I agree... There is no such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to quilts. This is another beauty. I love the fun look of the quilting and how it stands out against the grey background. The bright orange backing is a nice surprise!

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  6. I love that orange backing! I think the double line quilting is such a fun change from equally spaced lines!

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  7. I agree with Alison; the orange backing is delightful. I can never get enough of HSTs, either (I know others disagree with us, but that's OK)! Lovely finish.

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  8. This is lovely! I enjoy how these simple blocks can be so striking! Terrific use of color btw!

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  9. I love the colors in this one! Beautiful job on the quilting. The double lines look great!

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  10. I love HSTs and what can be done with them to make absolutely fabulous quilts!! I really like what you did with these colors!! Congratulations!!

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  11. A combination here of my three favourite things, hst, solids, and straight line quilting

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  12. Never too many HSTs. Especially not when they look as wonderful as your quilt. Lovely work with the quilting, too. It adds so much interest to your project.
    Cheers, Karen
    http://sunburntquilts.com.au/

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  13. Wow! One of the BEST hst quilt I have ever seen!

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  14. I always enjoy seeing how you come up with different looks with them. I really like this layout/color, it's fab!

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  15. Hi Jayne,
    HSTs! They are the best - they have to be hands down the most versatile block there is. I am slow to the obsessed, smitten,, enamored and gaga club, but now that I'm there I want to be president. It's funny - your first picture I didn't notice the dimensions so I thought it was a smaller wall hanging. So cool that it is bigger! And the quilting - that touch in the corner really sets everything off so nicely. If this doesn't have a home, I would be happy to give it a good one. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  16. Oh Jayne! I can totally see why you love this one so much!! It's perfect!! Those fabrics look like they are lit up!! This is hands down the best quilt I've seen recently!! Just stunning!!! HSTs are awesome and this design and the quilting is just fantastic! Great job!!

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  17. Wow ... It's bold and bright ! I love how you used the different shades of yellow and the effect you got. Great job !

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  18. I hope you never tire of HST's as I will never tire of looking at your finished work. Stunning 👌🏼

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  19. HST's are so versatile. I love this design and your quilting. You never cease to amaze me. Wow.

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