Thanks to Patti Carey of Northcott for the contribution to our guild.
This time I have managed to take photo of each stage.
My pattern for this challenge piece came from Savor Every Stitch. Liz is an software engineer who designed a neat little program for using HST. It is called Haphazard.
The program lets you choose your block size, the number of block needed for the quilt, you can choose up to 10 foreground colours and up to 10 background colours, and the ratio between large and small HST. Now, that’s a lot of choices.
After you have made your choices you click a button and a design is generated. PLUS it tells you how many HST you need of each size broken down by colour combinations. Now, that is neat! If you like the design you are able to save it. I saved 32 versions until I found “The One” I was going to use. I think it has a good balance of all 5 colours.
The smallest HST Liz has in the program is 2″. I needed to make some alteration because my challenge piece can be no larger than 18″ x 24″, therefore, I needed to make 41 large 2″ HST and 160 1″ HST. The black I have changed to my print fabric. I started with 1/4 meter of 5 fabrics. I used all the printed fabric and about half of the other 4 fabrics.
When I saw that number I wondered if I was crazy for choosing this pattern. I thought it would take me forever to make 201 HST. But again, a search on Pinterest produced a chart for making 8 HST at the same time. The chart and sewing instructions can be found here, In no time at all I had all 201 HST made. Not exactly sure how many hours it took because I still need breaks for my naps.
The next step was pressing all these HST…. do you know how long it takes to press open tiny seams when your fingers aren’t co-operating. This step was great fine motor control therapy for my fingers. I know it would have been faster and easier to press to one side, but I prefer my seams pressed open. Just a little tip I learned at a workshop with Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr from the Modern Quilt Studio.
Joining the blocks into rows is the next step. This steps shows how accurate you were when cutting the original squares, sewing the 1/4″ diagonal lines, trimming and pressing.. When you are working with 1″ squares there isn’t much room for easing to make the seams match. Must say, I wasn’t as accurate as I thought I had been. There was quite a bit of picking out, trimming and redoing. I tend to made all my seams a scant 1/4″ and with such little blocks, that really makes a difference across a row.
How has the time flown by soooooooooooo quickly?
I’m half way finished, but I’ve missed the 27th Feb deadline for entries. I knew that was always the probability, but I challenged myself anyway.
BUT, I’m not defeated. I’m going to finish anyway. I sure would like to send Liz a picture of my finished piece using her design package.