Recently on a trip to JoAnn’s, I picked up several new-to-me quilting books. Among them was “Scrap Quilt Sensation” by Katharine Guerrier. It’s right up my alley. She takes very simple piecing and shows both basic and interesting ways to arrange the shapes to get something spectacular. The pictures are great that she shows diagrams, as well as the whole finished piece. Important for me since I am a follow-the-pictures kind of person!
I started by cutting 5″ squares from my stash and putting them right sides together and stacking them as shown in the picture on my sewing table. Then, with pencil and ruler in hand, I mark them diagonally and sew 1/4″ on each side to get the larger half square triangles. For the smaller patches of half square triangles, I started with 3″ squares and worked from there.
After sewing, a panel of 16 together, here is what I got:
I realized that the 8-triangle squares were slightly larger than the others (which were about 4.5″ at this point) and therefore I had to stretch some of the seams to get them to fit. Some seams don’t match well at all. After looking at this I also realized that I greatly disliked the light and darks as recommended in the book. She suggests using darks in the lower right corners and lights in the upper left. Good idea I think – I mean the picture of the one she did in the book was fantastic. Maybe I’m tired of looking at these fabrics or the colors just don’t do it for me. Whatever the reason, I decided to do a do-over.
So I went through my 5″ squares and removed all the dark ones. Much better! I do tend to like quilts that are rather homogenous, and like most quilters, I tend to have more mid-range tonal value fabrics.
I also decided to square all the sewn half-square triangle blocks – including the 8 piece ones. Thus, you see the picture at the top of the post!
After all that, I arranged my now mid-range fabrics and got this:
I like it LOADS better! So I am continuing to cut, sew, cut, iron, square up, sew and I’ll keep you posted to how it goes!