Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Wonderful Half Square Triangle Quilt

My second UFO is finished.
 The Wonderful Half Square Triangle Quilt
71 x 90 inches

I love this Wonderful Half Square Triangle quilt with its Flea Market Fancy and Girlfriends toile fabrics set off by the natural Essex Linen blend (putty).
In the linen areas I decided to quilt it with freemotion quilting using 'sort of' straight lines. The difference between using the darning foot (for freemotion quilting) instead of the walking foot (for straight line quilting) is a bit of a wonky, homegrown look to the lines of quilting instead of perfectly straight lines.
To help get the lines 'sort of' straight and give myself something to aim for, I added a few lines with a blue washout pen just before I quilted each block.
 Using a bias bar as my ruler

 The quilting lines all filled in

In the coloured areas I simply quilted in the ditches.
The backing is a Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton in Lime. Kaffe's shot cottons are like quilting through butter and it has made the quilt feel so soft and cuddly. You can really see the quilting pattern from the back of the quilt...
Especially when I take the colour out of the photo...
The binding I chose has to be the most boring binding I have ever used....the same colour as the linen essex blend. As I had run out of the linen fabric, I used a Kona cotton in stone instead, luckily it matches perfectly.
Even though the binding is a little plain, I do think it complements the quilt admirably.
It is SUCH a wonderful feeling getting some of these UFO's finished off! One project I haven't touched for ages is my Jacobs Coat Quiltalong blocks.
Kellie from Don't Look Now has done an incredible job of running this huge quiltalong, however I have never been happy with my petals...my evil perfectionist side taking over again. I have been mulling over these blocks for a long time trying to find a way to finish them in a way I will be satisfied. Hopefully I will be able to come up with something good in the next few months. Have you had any UFO finishes this week? xo
 

61 comments:

One Flew Over said...

Wonderful! Simply wonderful!!

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

The quilt looks fabulous.

I still love your colour combination for the Jacobs Coat Quilt-along the best out of all the ones I have seen.

Oops-Lah said...

I love your half square quilt, beautiful. And the quilting is stunning. Yes, I'm also struggling with my JC quilt. Although I'm not a perfectionist, I'm not happy with my petals either.

nicolette said...

Wonderful quilt Cathy! Those lines are pretty straight for freemotion quilting! I think the binding is perfect!
I can’t see why you’re not happy with the petals, love the colours!

I’m working on some UFO finishes! That feels good, really good!

Brianna said...

Your quilt looks great Cathy. I really don't like the corners on my JC petals either, sounds like we are all having the same problem. Can't wait to see what your solution is.

Christine said...

Cathy another stunning quilt, love your quilting.

cheers
Christine

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Oh such a great quilt - and the quilting!! The quilting is awesome. Love love!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Stunning quilt Cathy! Those wonky straight lines look pretty straight to me - I love the back, great colour and the quilting stands out beautifully,.

HoffiCoffi said...

Beautiful. I love the use of the putty instead of a cream. Will have to be braver in my choice of fabrics! :)

Marit said...

A beautiful finish, Cathy! I would never guess you used a darning foot for that quilting - amazing! Thank you for sharing about the three different qualities of cloth in this quilt. Mixing different textures adds to the quilt. I will try that some more...
; )

Your Jacobs Coat blocks are so pretty - love you colors. Have fun with them!

Andi said...

Those straight lines are FMQd?????
UN. BE. LIEVABLE!!!!
Completely stunning.

Lizzie said...

Love it Cathy, really lovely, grey, colours and straight lines....gorgeous.
Lizzie
xxx

Kate said...

Wow wow wow! Amazing quilt, quilted beautifully!

Jeannette said...

Such a beautiful quilt & quilting!!!

Kelly Meanix said...

Cathy it is so wonderful and I love the lined. I have not worked with it yet but may need to give it a try!

alobsiger said...

Bravo, Cathy! Congratulations on putting another UFO to rest...and to use! Lovely, lovely finish! Great to know that the stone matches the putty so well. They look perfect together! My Jacob's Coat petals and I came to an early impasse as the pointy points weren't pointy enough. I will try again........

Jackie said...

Wow, Wow, Wow!! This quilt is gorgeous!! The Essex Putty is one of the most popular colors in my shop! That and the natural. Your quilting is stunning and the finish is just fantastic!

pamina said...

Gorgeous quilt, really !

Deb said...

It looks beautiful Cathy. And I like the binding you've used, it suits the quilt perfectly.

Dee said...

Beautiful, as per expected! The quilting is just fabulous. I love the organicness of it all!

Cathy, congratulations for another WIP, UFO finished!

ranette said...

Oh WOW....I wish I had ufo's that looked like that hanging around in my sewing room. Really striking Cathy...I love it and I think the gray binding is perfect. Your quilting, as always, is spot on with the design.

I think you JC petals are so pretty and I do love your colors. I've not even made one petal...sad me...lol

Miriam said...

A really beautiful quilt Cathy. Those colours sing against the grey background!
Yay to another UFO done!!!

I hope you get back to your JC. I love your background and your fabric choices!

No UFO finishes here :(

solomi558 said...

A real treasure , I,m off to the Malvern quilt show on Friday . I shall look out for Kaffe's shot cotton---cottonreel

Jenn said...

wow it's beautiful!!!! I have so many FMF small pieces, this would be perfect for them...do you have a tutorial for this one?

Carla said...

Wowsers! Both of these creations are gorgeous.....your color sense is enviable! I especially like the lime green backing on the triangle quilt. At the moment I am working to finish up the hexagon quilt I started with ORB that Julie led. It's a small quilt, so very doable!

Donna~~ said...

You're making such good UFO progress! It looks great! I've never machine quilted anything near that large, but your stitching looks great. I was reading along, and then pop! your lime backing woke me right up this morning! It is wonderful--I love a backing with personality! Can't wait to see your Jacob's Coat blocks...

Barb said...

Your quilt has turned out wonderfilly!

Crispy said...

OMGosh this quilt is WONDERFUL!! I love the putty color background, it gives it an antique feel but the modern bright fabrics give it life....love it!!

Crispy

Mystica said...

The quilt is beautiful and I love the grey sashing and background as it were for the beautiful colors you have used.

orchidlover said...

Beautiful. I love the quilting you did on it. Very effective

Love and hugs Gina xxx

mieke said...

I love your half square triangle quilt, Cathy! Although i did a lot of straight line quilting to, now i don't like to do it anymore...but it looks great on yours! And yes, you can feel really well when you finally finish a ufo..I have quite a few as well....but working on it! Mieke

Tiffany said...

Well done. This quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Love the pattern, fabrics, colors and the quilting. Outstanding!

sandra said...

It's so beautiful! And I love the way it's quilted!

Jennifer Blosser said...

Love it!

Hugs & stitches,
Jennifer

Nedra said...

Wow Cathy, your colors and work are just stunning.

Wendy P said...

I love how the putty color stands on its own. I never would have thought to use that color, but it really is amazing. And the quilting? Gorgeous!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Just "stunning"...

Amanda said...

Great finish on the UFO, I have a pile of tops ready to quilt maybe soon I'll get some done.

Tarnyia said...

Hi Cathy... beautiful quilting... do you free form with your feed dogs down or up... I have been experimenting and find I sew better free form when I have them up? xxx

Kim said...

Cathy it's awesome!!!! Love the quilting...love that mucky gray color...it's just fabbo! And that lime backing...mmmm..mmmm. Nice! Do you pin baste or spray baste? I've got a stack of quilts needing quilting!

imquilternity said...

Another gorgeous quilt to add to your ever-growing pile!! Good for you getting some of your UFOs done...that's what I need to do too. I always love what you do...no matter what it is.

Cristin said...

Gorgeous!!!! Love it all - even the simple (aka boring) binding :-) I prefer a scrappy (aka exciting) biding too but this looks really good! Well done!

Janet said...

Congratulations on another fabulous finish. The quilting looks fantastic, the lines look great to me. A really wonderful quilt!

Maree: said...

I Love Love your Quilt...Fabulous Background Colour...Great Quilting...
cheers

Sonja♥ said...

Congrats!One UFO less:))) And a very nice UFO!!!
I remember Kellie's Jacobs Coat Quiltalong. I was participating and then it turned out that this (splendid) quiltalong succeeded in... even not becoming a UFO:)))

Caro said...

I am working on a HST quilt as well with Kaffe fabrics and a linen background. It's nice to see the pattern finished. Love your fabric choices. I love your blog and find it interesting to see all of the inspiring projects you work on. Keep up the good work!

Helen in Switzerland said...

Well done Cathy! I hope you feel suitably virtuous!!! Now we all need to go away and follow your example.....!

Cardygirl said...

Looks great Cathy! I am not so good with machine quilting!

Amy Gordon-Pruden said...

I'm just curious if you know how many hst's you used in this size quilt and what size your hst's were? I'd love to make something like this but need a starting point before I cut into a but of wonderful fabric. Thanks!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Everything about this quilt is gorgeous!!!!! Especially the aqua/red Nuala Toile, my most favourite fabric of all time, ever.

Brighton Breezy said...

Cor Lummy this is Yummy ... such a brilliant use of triangles, colour and grey ... mmmmm

wishes, true and kind said...

I can't believe how fabulous that quilt is -- including the binding! Half square triangles are so versatile! And you petals are lovely!

Lisa said...

Hi Cathy,
I have been following your blog for a while and just love everything you are doing. Your color sense is so wonderful! I have recently started my own blog and have linked you blog to mine. Happy sewing! Lisa

Jeanie said...

Your half square triangle quilt is awesome. I love the fabrics and the back round is perfect. I want one:)

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

i love the half-square triangle quilt. Is there a name for the pattern other than half-sq tringle quilt? What were the fabrics for the prints, just scrappy or was it a collection? Thanks so much . Sandra

Jantine said...

This is an incredible beautiful quilt! Just love it to bits and wish it was mine ;-)

Stephanie said...

If I lived close by it might disappear from your house to mine. Love it and that green is the yummmiest. Great marking tip.

SewLindaAnn said...

I love the HST quilt, and now must pull out a solid because I want to make one with my scraps.

Maria said...

Gorgeous and clever! Thx for inspiring us. Can you tell me, did you make 2 or 4 square triangles at once (ie which technique did you use pls) to get the half square triangles?

mimma said...

Cathy, your works are really really really gorgeous and It would be really an honour to me to have my love letters fabric included in such wonderful quilts!
^_^
Mimma

Jeannie Gan said...

Hi Cathy, Your stunning HST quilt has inspired me so much that I want to make one too. May I ask what is your finished size of each triangle? Thanks Jeannie
jchiagan at yahoo dot com