Monday, October 11, 2010

Playing with Half-Square Triangles

I've been cranking out half-square triangles lately. 
 I loved the Freebird collection that came out last Spring. I was very disciplined and bought only one charm pack and traded for some yardage for a back.  The colors in this collection go so well with my American Jane  horde stash. (With the exception of the purple.) So I've been cutting into that too.
 And playing with the options. I haven't even decided what I'm going to do with them all yet. I like each layout - I may just keep cranking out the hst's and try them all! Plus - it feels good to use the stash. This is my goal these days - start depleting. Which is what motivated me to dig out all the Halloween fabric too. And I'm making progress. Pictures to come!
PS - Thanks for bearing with the "keepin' it real" post below. And for the encouragement. I always feel like such a whiner after those unloads. But when I start having dreams that I forgot to buy my kids any Christmas presents (which I really had last week) I start to wonder about re-prioritizing. All right, that's all for now.

43 comments:

Elizabeth D. said...

I really dig the zigzag! I've never really done straight-up triangle blocks like this before, but wow, they look great. I think you just convinced me to try it out on my scraps too!

pioneervalleygirl said...

I love all of the options, when I make hst's -- have fun playing with them

joliesjunebugboutique said...

I love the zigzag! Very cute!
Ps. Loved the keeping it real post!

Michele said...

They looks wonderful! So crisp and vibrant!

Leigh said...

Oh I LOOOOVE the zig zags!!!

John'aLee said...

Oh I just love your post. I know it takes time to do all of those different arrangements...so thanks for taking the time to not only do it...but in sharing it with all of us! It makes me want to go and start some half square triangles.
Is there a favorite method you? Such as the triangle paper??

Gaertegang said...

My boys and I vote for the last option you did with the half squares...love it!!

paulette said...

I LOVE them ALL!! I can see I'm going to HAVE to make one/all of these...THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INSPIRATION!! So bright, happy and cheerful!!
Paulette

Des said...

love, love, love the zig zag and that you've put them in colored rows. FUN!

SteffiD said...

Okay, I'm totally voting for the zig-zag!! I have a new-found obsession with them starting around two weeks ago :) Besides, your colors are GORGEOUS and scream ziggies. I will say the diamonds are pretty darn cute, too.

Anna said...

love those different options, very cool. :) I've been wanting to do a zig zag quilt FOREVER! You may have just spurred me on.

Sherri said...

LOVE the combination of these fabrics...FreeBird and American Jane...wonderful!

live a colorful life said...

The zigzag layout is my favorite. I might do that with AJ Punctuation. What do you think?

Quiet Quilter said...

Love the variety of choices...can't decide...guess it is up to you.

BEauTIful Fabric!

mascanlon said...

I love HSTs too. And they are wonderful to do with charm packs!

snippetsandyarns said...

I agree with everyone that the zig zag layout looks great. But I also love the diamonds just as much!

~ Meagan

Jennifer said...

American Jane, Freebird, and HST's... three of my favorites! Love your different layouts!

Jennifer :)

Heather said...

eeeek!! ZIG to the ZAG!!! fabulous!!

xo

DJ Rose said...

I love each of those layouts. I can see your struggle. I would never have thought of the zig zag lines. That may be my favorite.

On another note, a friend from Reno emailed a link to your messanger bag the other day, and I was all excited cause I "knew" you already. :)

Jeanne said...

The zig zags are my favorite! Fun package of fabrics, too.

Layne Bushell said...

I'm jealous of the freebird charm pack. I didn't buy any of it and I'm not happy with myself! I think this is one of my all time favorites! I refrained from getting it cause I'm in the deplete the stash mode!

I vote for the diamond look! It's so clean and I love the texture it makes! HST's are my arch nemesis. Even with thangles. Do you have any tips and tricks to get them to come out square? I'd love some ideas!

Jen said...

Bright and cheerful! Thanks for starting out my day with your post!

Trudi said...

Mmmm, that's a happy blog post if evr I saw one! Love those zig zags :)

AMKreations said...

I'm sitting here looking at so many great ideas! Wow...I really want to get busy...I have some fabric I need to get cutting...cause these triangles are inspiring! =)

Marg said...

I love the zigzag. HST's are great as there are so many options in the layout. I am just about to start on my own HST project.

Aunt Spicy said...

All of a sudden I feel kind of boring cause I love the straight up triangles! But of course what ever you do it will be lovely!

Angie said...

Oh my- the diamonds! I just love it. You are so inspiring! I mean that- so much! I check your blog (you are one of my favorite, favorite, favorites) and love how much inspiration I always walk away with! And I should tell you more often! Thank you ;).

Annette said...

The zig zag!Didn;t know it was that simple to make zig zag. Cool. And very VERY refreshing.

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

I have a charm pack waiting to be cut, this seems like a good idea! I like the second ziggy zaggy design. The last one is more of what we have seen before, but the middle one is different. Can't wait to see if finished.

Anna said...

I'm loving the look of these - I really am! You have such great looking easy ideas for quilts that are so suited to me and my tastes!! Thankyou for putting in the time to share your ideas and inspiration with all us avid creators too!!
Anna
anna@ourinfo.biz

madebymum said...

decisions decision!

Dresden Quilter said...

I love your half square triangles. I am making a child's quilt right now with half square triangles using the mosaic pattern.

an encourager said...

What fun you are having.. and me, too, watching you play!

Stray Stitches said...

Such wonderful fabric to be working with. I think the zigzag is the best design yet!

americanfamily said...

Loving the half square triangles! Especially the second one with the diamonds on point! Can't wait to see what you settle on. Sharon

Q @ JAQS said...

First off - LOVE the colors.

I like the zig zag one the most. Though those colors with any pattern looks gorgeous.

Great post. Love the different varieties of matching up those half triangles :)

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Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love all the things you can do with half square triangles. They are a good leaders/enders thing to make.

Lisa said...

This is lovely ... bright! I just finished a hst with my Freebird stash (and have another one in the works) ... I used chocolate instead of white (which made it hard to use the browns) but loved the brightness with both the chocolate as well as the brown ... ended up with a envelope pattern with the HSTs!

STLhistory said...

I'm interested in making a similar zig-zag quilt for a crib and I was wondering what the size of your half-square triangles were. LOVE all of your variations. Keep posting!

STLhistory said...

I'm interested in making a similar zig-zag quilt for a crib and I was wondering what the size of your half-square triangles were. LOVE all of your variations. Keep posting!

amy smart said...

HI STLhistory (hoping you'll see this here.) I started with 5" squares to make the half square triangles. Hope that helps!

Mary said...

Amy, what is the finished size of of each square? It looks like 2". The quilt looks beautiful. Wonderful job.

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