Half Square Triangles

Since I am off between Christmas and New Years and spending the time in the frozen lands of Upper Michigan I decided to use a Cake Mix Recipe to make half square triangles.


cake mix

I am probably not going to do the individual blocks but use the half square triangles to design a quilt.  I should end up with 176 – 3″ x 3″  half square triangles and 704 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ half square triangles.  I decided to use the Cake Mix so that I could get a variety of fabrics.

The process is rather slow.  First you layer two 10″ squares right sides together.  I am using the Layer Cake of Melbourne by Andrea Komninos for Benartex that I last posted about last time and a cream on cream.  Using the paper pattern guide you pin it to the  10″ squares and sew on the dotted sewing lines.


Next you cut on the solid lines.  Then comes the pressing.  The directions suggest either to the dark side or open.  I decided to do open seams as I am not sure how I am going to sew these baby together.  After the seams are open, I am cutting off the dog-eared triangles.  Slow going but I think this will improve my accuracy when sewing the triangles into a quilt.

Now that I have finished some of the triangles I am a little worried about the directional nature of some of the fabrics.


Hopefully it won’t be an issue.

In case you don’t have any snow where you are this is what it looks like outside my front window.  The highs and lows this week has been between 10 to -15.   Sofie still wants to go for a walk everyday.   BURR…..


Hope you get some quilting in this last week of the year.








Heart’s Desire

So while I was up north this weekend I was able to take pictures of my first quilt from the 12-Pack Quilts book by Me and My Sister.  This one is called Heart’s Desire and I made it with Brighten Up fabric line from Me and My Sister for Moda.

The quilt from the book is really just the hearts in the middle but I wanted to (1) make the quilt bigger and (2) use up the half square triangles that were left over when I made the heart blocks.  So I added the thin border of smaller half square triangles that came from the top of the hearts

and the top and bottom borders of the half square triangles that come from the bottom of the hearts

I even used the selvages so that I could piece the borders.

Here is the back of the quilt that shows the ruler work quilting that I did on this baby.

And I also used up left over fabric on the back.

It was a fun quilt to make and quilt.

Hope you had a great Memorial Weekend and had a chance to remember those who gave some and those who gave all so that we can live our lives free to do what we choose.  I, of course, choose quilting.