Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Dance!

My Words To Live By borders are finally pieced--hopefully all the components will come together into a top this weekend.
You may have noticed that the color placement of the half square triangles in all four borders is exactly the same (unless I messed up!).
A chart in the pattern shows how to sew the HST's together. My first thought was to just wing it and start sewing. Then I reconsidered and decided it may be a good idea to follow the layout, as it may help with distributing the colors evenly around the center of the quilt.

Unfortunately, I ran out of black HST's toward the end of the fourth border--ack!
Fortunately, I had extra fabric, so I was able to make 36 more.
Because of the size of the flannel board I have set up next to my sewing machine, I found it easiest to make the borders in sections of 4x8 HST's rather than the longer sections shown in the pattern.

(If you are planning to make Words To Live By, you may want to make a note in your pattern where it tells you to make a total of 672 Half Square Triangle:
You will need 372 black, 216 red, and 84 green Half Square Triangles.
In the cutting instructions for cutting the 16- 2 7/8"squares from assorted dark fabrics,
you will need to cut 6 black, 6 red, and 4 green.)
Yes, I did count all those Half Square Triangles.
Yes, I am a bit anal.
You're welcome!

Tuesday was the Breezy Point sew-in. We had lots of fun and some great show and tell.
This is Brenda's gorgeous Simply Red all quilted and ready to be bound

Caroline brought a pretty Paris themed quilt she made for her daughter.

Fun swirly quilting.

Val brought her beautiful batik version of Bertie Through the Year--there will be borders added to make it bed size.

So cute--all the embroidery is done by machine.

Such fun blocks--I can't believe I resisted making this quilt!!

And Sandi is hand quilting her Love Letters quilt by Blackbird Designs--it's going to be stunning!!!


  1. I cannot believe all those hst's! Whoa--all the quilts are lovely...hugs, Julierose

  2. For all those HSTs you deserve a medal lol I admire your resolve!
    Also adore Vals delightful Bertie = although sounds a bit risqué now I read it back LOL

  3. Thank You so much for the cutting information on the HST's. I'm not done with the blocks but I that day will come. I wasn't going to do that borders on the quilt but after I saw it done I had to order the finishing kit. Thanks, Nancy

  4. That is an amazing number of triangles in your borders. Wow! And they look great.
    Thanks for sharing the lovely show and tell.

  5. That HST border is something else! Keep sewing because I want to see the finished quilt! And I love the sew and share pictures - so many beautiful quilts!