<~ From this
<~ to this
…in just a few hours. I’m improving in my focus and stamina in making quilts.
I had planned out this quilt using mywebquilter.com. It’s handy because I don’t have quilt designing software on my own computer, and it helps to be able to see what the design I’m thinking of will actually look like when finished.
I started with 1 1/4 yards of this bright fireworks print fabric. Here you see the blocks and borders I need for the quilt, and the little bit of scrap leftover that I can incorporate into another quilt.
I’m using a technique for half-square triangles I had found online (since removed), using two squares sewn together and cut apart. Here are the squares I have cut, ready to sew together.
First, I placed the white square on top of the colorful square. Then I stitched all around the straight edges with a 1/4″ seam.
Then I cut the block apart at both diagonal lines.
Press the blocks open, and I have four half-square triangle blocks. What I didn’t realize when I began this process is that the HST blocks would have bias-cut edges to sew on later. Luckily, I managed not to stretch everything out of proportion.
The borders and the HST blocks. The next step was to combine 4 HST together in a pinwheel.
My original plan called for 32 pinwheel blocks and 31 white squares, but on second thought, I decided that was too big for a baby quilt. I ended up leaving off one column and one row, for 48 squares total. The end result today is this, a quilt top without a border.