HST Quilt Top

12 July

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 🙂

HST Quilt Top via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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?

HST Quilt Design via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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.

HST Quilt Cutting via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Then I started chain piecing…

HST Quilt Chain Stitching via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

and cutting…

and trimming.  At this point I thought to myself “Mother trucker. What have I gotten myself into?”

HST Quilt Trimming via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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.

HST Quilt Layout via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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.

HST Quilt Columns via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Once it’s quilted later this year, I’ll share the final product!

2 Responses to “HST Quilt Top”

  1. Sheila Schmaedig 01/04/2016 at 9:24 pm #

    I am a quilter, not a designer. Is there any way you would share your “S” pattern with me or the pattern for the initial quilt you made with the “M”?

    • Angela 01/07/2016 at 10:48 am #

      Hi Sheila! Go on over to my online shop at angelabowmandesign.com – you’ll find a pattern for the entire HST Alphabet. Enjoy!

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