Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jessica's blocks for November

I love all the red and white quilts we've been working on, but right now I just don't think I want to own one.  (that may change, as quilting tastes often do)So I'm going to switch it up a bit, this month we're going to sew with blue and brown.

I love love love half-square triangle quilts, but even though I've tried to make one in the past, I just couldn't stick with it.  I made 3 blocks (9 patches) and I was pooped.  I hope you have the energy to make me just one of these:

I am sending packages of brown solid and enough blue for 10-12 triangles, I'm asking that the blue for the remaining 4-6 blocks comes from your stash.  Please try to use medium bright blues that are similar to the ones I sent.  If anyone needs blue fabric, please let me know asap and I will mail it out to you.
My method for HSTs is similar to this tutorial, but you can use whichever technique you're comfortable with, as long as the blocks come out ok.  The cut squares measure 5", you'll trim to 4.5", and the finished HSTs will come to 4".  The entire block will be 16.5" unfinished.

some inspiration:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66362701@N00/5001362909/ (my current favorite)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/georgiamcdonald/3783247223/ (I was very close to choosing orange and white..)

Thanks everybody, let me know if you have any questions.  If you're going to be at the NYC Metro Mod Guild meeting in December, I'll happily accept the blocks then.  Everybody else can mail them whenever you're finished.  I'll keep chugging along and make more blue & brown blocks, I think I'll need about 3-4 blocks' worth of triangles to add some rows and make it large enough for my son's bed.
Ok, now back to stitching Shelly's leaves...


  1. Looks like a fun project! It's sweet to know that it will be for you son.

  2. Nice inspiration photos. I love blue and brown. This will be fun!

  3. I'm a big HST fan, looking forward to this (and to combing through a new color in my stash)!