Half Square Triangle Blocks- New Design – Block #1

I uploaded to YouTube a video showing a fun new block design using half square triangles.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/cZ78mLengMM

And here is the block!  The block could be made in many sizes and for quilters who love to work with 5″ squares this block would measure 32″ if you were to make the half square triangles using 5″ squares.

This is how I came up with this design:

I started with half square triangles arranged into groups of four.

Grouped those four units into a block section.

Duplicated that block section and placed those sections into a block giving each section a 90° turn.

Now the 32″ size is just one size of block you could make but you could scale it back to smaller sizes or even make it bigger.

Using half square triangles that finish 2″ the block would be 16″

Using half square triangles that finish 1 1/2″ the block would be 12″

Below is an idea of what the 32″ block would look like in a king size quilt.

I have shown additional quilt sizes using the different block size options in my YouTube video.

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to. https://youtu.be/cZ78mLengMM

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  Thanks!

I am also continuing a free pattern offer: When you purchase a book from my website you can receive a free pattern of your choice from any of my published patterns (retail value $10 or less) .

Write the name of the pattern in the “Inscription Area” next to your book selection.

One free pattern per book purchased. Yes if you purchase more than one book you may select a free pattern for each book purchased!

You must write in the pattern name at the time of purchase, if a pattern name is not written in a free pattern will not be shipped after the book is shipped.   http://www.patspeth.com/store.html

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel Quilts,

Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

 

 

 

 

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Catch A Wave

I uploaded a video to YouTube introducing a quilt project I am working on. I call it Catch A Wave and it is my version of the classic Ocean Waves quilt.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/ij1eR6TkCoA

I have always loved the Ocean Wave quilts and I had 2 1/2″ strips that were calling to me so I have started on this quilt.  Limiting my palette of colors to just blues, greens, and the shades in between. The quilt image shown below is the lap size.

The block is an 8″ block made up of triangles in two different sizes.  Ten 2 1/2″ half square triangle units in each block as well as four more 2 1/2″ half square triangles and two 4 1/2″ half square triangles.

I’m using different shades of orange on the opposite corners to add some sparkle to the quilt and to help hide  my less than stellar machine quilting abilities.

The simple pieced border blocks I selected for this quilt are the same size in length as the main block which allows me to sew the border blocks to the quilt blocks during the row assembly.  I love this construction method!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to. https://youtu.be/ij1eR6TkCoA

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  Thanks!

I am also continuing a free pattern offer: When you purchase a book from my website you can receive a free pattern of your choice from any of my published patterns (retail value $10 or less) .

Write the name of the pattern in the “Inscription Area” next to your book selection.

One free pattern per book purchased. Yes if you purchase more than one book you may select a free pattern for each book purchased!

You must write in the pattern name at the time of purchase, if a pattern name is not written in a free pattern will not be shipped after the book is shipped.   http://www.patspeth.com/store.html

Thank you,

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com

www.patspeth.com

 

 

 

Four Patches

My next anniversary celebration charity quilt includes Four Patches and this blog posting contains the basic information you need to make Four Patches from 5″ squares that will finish 4″.

Using 5″ squares, select one dark or medium square and one background square. In this example I’m using a white, but many quilts look great with a dark background.

2 squares

1. With right sides together, place a 5″ square of the background fabric on a 5″ square of the main fabric. Stitch  scant 1/4″ wide seams (just shy of 1/4″) on opposite sides of the unit.

Side edges stitched

2. Measure over 2 1/2″ and cut the unit in half so that each piece measures 2 1/2″ x 5″.

Cut in half

3. Press to set the stitching; then press the seams toward the darker fabric in the unit.

2 two patches

4. Place two units right-sides together with seams aligned horizontally and the dark and light fabrics opposite each other; stitch scant 1/4″ wide seams on opposite sides of the unit. Be sure the stitching crosses the first seam.

2 patches right sides together

2nd stitching

5. Measure over 2 1/2″ and cut the unit in half.

2nd Cut

6. Press to set the stitching; then press the seam to one side in each Four Patch unit. Each Four Patch unit should measure 4 1/2″ x  4 1/2″ unfinished.

2 four patches

Four Patches can be used in hundreds of different ways and in my Half-Square-Triangle and Four Patch workshop we can work on fifteen of my quilts that use these units.  Have your guild schedule a Nickel Quilt workshop!

Enjoy!

Pat

Baby Quilt / Lap Quilt Finish

Before I sent the last of the Baby quilts off I remembered to take a few photos.  This is the quilt just off of the longarm machine and ready for binding.

Ready for trimming

A close up of my basic all-over quilting which disappears on the quilt and you sometimes really have to look for it to notice it.  This time I used just an easy star and loop design and you really can’t see it very well, which believe it or not is what I am after; I want my piecing and the fabrics to be the focus of my quilts and not the quilting.

Close up

The quilt completely done and pinned up onto the design wall!

Finished quilt

There will be a few more of these for me to make as lap quilts.  My daughter Roxie fell in love with these and I have many of the table runner sections to still put to use, and of course lots of plaids from thrift store shirts since it seems I am unable to stop buying them!

Pat

Turnabout Block and Fabric Choices

I’ve been making lots of these Turnabout blocks and having a blast!  Working with some of these vintage and visually challenged fabrics can sometimes be tricky. Note that I did not call them ugly; that would be politically incorrect. VBG!

Some of the blocks are turning out better than others.  These are blocks that are not going to make the cut and find their way into this quilt.  The fabrics just mushed together. My spell checker is telling me “mushed” is not a word, well it is in my world.

Blocks that didn't work

When I auditioned the fabric squares they looked like they were going to work well together.  I think the problem is that the circles in the lighter fabric are about the same scale as some of the flowers in the blue fabric.

Squares I started with

So back to the fabric pile to choose another light to go with this floral print. I’m not giving up on using the blue floral since I have a whole yard of it I cut up into 5″ squares. I can’t even blame it on a fat quarter trade and say someone gave it to me; it was a whole yard which means I purchased it!  So here are some lights that I thought would make a better combination with the blue floral.

Better choices

And now the finished blocks! I can actually see the pattern all those wonderful picket fence units are supposed to create in this block.

Final Blocks

Before I put some of the blocks together I took the time to see what this block would look like scrappier and not so controlled, and I like the look.

Scrappy dark

Scrappy light

This would be a great way to make this block if you do not have sets of four for your darks and lights and are working with single squares.

Next blog:  Working with stripes in the Turnabout block.

Pat

Aprons

Roxie and I were on a road trip to Iowa at the end of June and had time to brainstorm about her upcoming wedding. One of the things we decided on was that the people helping serve food at the picnic/reception for around 200 guests needed aprons. A new tradition Roxie and I have started is to spend my birthday hitting thrift shops – we both love it. June 29th was my birthday and what should I find at one of the first thrift shops we hit in our old hometown but a pattern for aprons! I decided it was perfect. Note – goodwill price tag for 88¢

And I just happen to have mass quantities of this vintage drapery fabric.  This is the sample I made up – it still needs a pocket – maybe out of red lumberjack plaid (Tom’s favorite plaid).  Roxie’s future MIL, Mary has volunteered to make the rest of the aprons, all with the same fabric – thank you Mary!

I know this apron will be a big hit among Roxie’s friends and relatives and they will be signing up to help serve at the reception just to get one of these!  I’m glad I found another use for this vintage fabric – it’s also going on the back of the wedding quit.

Pat

Granbury Quilt Guild

Whew! I’ve spent the last couple of days packing 4 tubs of quilts, boxes of product, and workshop handouts to ship to California. It takes a lot to get this show on the road and I am very thankful for all the extra work the program chairpersons do in hauling me and the quilts around.

This is a full size SUV with the back filled with tubs of quilts and boxes – for the best trunk show ever!  I love being able to share the quilts with everyone and they get shipped ahead via FedEx. I wouldn’t be able to bring this many quilts on a plane and I don’t really trust the airlines with my quilts.  In one year alone my suitcases arrived a day after I did on four different trips (not a good track record) and who needs that kind of stress!?

Look at all the quilts – those are 8 foot tables!

Half-Square-Triangles and Four Patches for this workshop – and yes, 15 different quilts can be worked on – oh the possibilities!

I don’t allow participants to get a whole lot of sewing done during class, especially in this class, since they can sew at home. Instead, I keep interrupting with demos – I have so much to share and we have a limited amount of  time together. My mission is that I want everyone to have as much fun working with 5″ squares as I do, so I need to provide tons of ideas to work with.

A stack of 5″ squares –  the possibilities are endless!

Two patch and half-square-triangle units ready to be sewn into blocks.

Beach Party blocks look great with white or black backgrounds (shown below).

Churn Dash blocks.

Jacob’s Ladder blocks.

Shoo Fly blocks are one of the blocks in the Texas Two Step quilt.

Sunny Lanes.

The strangest part of this job is getting to know and becoming friends with the gals I work closely with (like the program chairpersons and if it’s a home stay, my hostess) and then not seeing them again unless I have a return visit to the guild.  Many times like with the Granbury guild it’s the same person.  Marsha was my hostess for this guild and she put up with me for 4 nights. All my hostesses on this trip were wonderful – one of the days I may surprise someone – especially someone in Texas or another southern state and show up on their doorstep in January or February!

Okay gals let’s see those quilts!

Pat