I recently had an inkling to try to spell something using half-square triangles in a quilt. So here you have it. The HST quilt. It will be a wall hanging, measuring about 40″ x 20″. For now, it’s just a quilt top waiting to be professionally quilted by an uber-talented longarm quilter later this year 🙂
This is the first quilt I’ve designed. I used graph paper, a mechanical pencil, and filled in with some colored pencils. I initially designed it to contain some squares, but I ended up changing it so that it’s made completely of half-square triangles (HST). Appropriate, huh?
It’s made entirely of 5″ fabric squares, mostly Robert Kaufman Kona Solids quilting cotton. I already had some charm squares in white, cream, and gray, and then cut up some black and some hot pink that I happened to have.
Then I started chain piecing…
and trimming. At this point I thought to myself “Mother trucker. What have I gotten myself into?”
But then I arranged the pieces on my design wall, and it all came together. So worth all the steps. And those steps are therapeutic anyway, really.
I stitched into columns, keeping them labeled as I went along. Sticky notes and pins worked well, but next time I’ll use painters tape.
Once it’s quilted later this year, I’ll share the final product!