Tuesday, August 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday--A HST gift from Mom

During my recent trip west to visit my family, my Mom pulled out a bunch of HST that she had cut from some gorgeous batik fabrics (HST as in Half Square Triangles for the non-quilters reading this, not HST as in Harmonized Sales Tax). She confessed that she had planned on making a quilt for me, but that she didn't like how it was turning out and stopped working on it. Well, she decided to give them to me as is to see what I could do with them! Score!   :oD

Well, I've been playing with them for weeks. After seeing this quilt...
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I was inspired and knew that I wanted to do something working with playing the warm versus the cool tones. I finished sewing the last square this weekend and got all the seams pressed yesterday. Today while I had guests here, I just couldn't resist laying a few squares out to see how they looked and pulled them out. Probably makes me a bad hostess, but I was with other creative people so maybe it's okay. . . 

Anyway, here are the top six layouts I've tried so far (please don't mind the pictures--I do most of my playing with fabric at night after my daughter's asleep, so the colours are always a little darker):

Option 1

Option 2


Option 3

Option 4

Option 5

Option 6
Do you have a favourite? If so why? I need to pin down a decision and get sewing them together. It really isn't like me to be so indecisive.

No finishes this week. Although I have made good progress on the Cathedral Window pillow for my niece. I'll post a picture when I get the back on to it. 

11 comments:

Lizbeth Brown said...

I love zig-zags all the time, and I also like the diamonds(5)! It reminds me of those beaded doorway curtains.

Live a Colorful Life said...

I really like option 2 because I like the secondary diamond design.

Patchwork and Play said...

No. 1 or 2 are my favourites- interesting and fun!

Toni said...

1 and 2 are my favorites, but I think 4 is interesting, too. Whichever one you choose I'm sure it will be beautiful!

Jerimi said...

Those colors are so striking! All the layouts have promise, but I especially like the zigzags in #1. They're so energetic!

Cathy said...

I'm in agreement with the others, and like 1 and 2, with 2 being a little ahead of 1. They both make the most of the contrast between the warm and cool colours.

Kelli said...

1 and 2 are my favorite as well. Glad to see I'm in good company so far. I especially like 2.

Allison said...

I like 1 the best, because I like zig-zags and I think these fabrics show them well. whichever you choose, I'm sure your quilt will be stunning :)

Anonymous said...

I like #5 best but I know you will go for some kind of zig zag and thats why I had to stop, my way wasn't screaming your name. Good job honey. I'm so glad you love quilting, I cut it out 5 years ago and every time I picked it up I had to put it down again. Also cutting that out was the reason I wanted and did get a Accucut Go die cutter. Love to all. Mom

æble said...

Thanks for the feedback everyone! The verdict has been made. Check out this posting for the image:
http://iamaeble.blogspot.com/2011/08/and-verdict-is.html

Lee said...

Yay, I'm so glad you picked the zig zags, because that one is definitely my favorite too! Can't wait to see this come together. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )