playing with HSTs
My mother-in-law has had this double wedding ring quilt as a layer on the bed in the guest bedroom for as long as I can remember. My husband is fond of its red/aqua combo, so I thought I’d explore that color pairing in my next project.
I recently came across this brilliant video from the Missouri Star Quilt Company demonstrating a quick and easy way to crank out half-square triangles (HSTs)–it’s genius!
This video and the multitude of HSTs made me remember a gorgeous HST quilt by Mary Fons that I saw in Quilty last summer:
The Pink Waves quilt is made up of 2 1/2″ squares–the idea of making over 1200 little HST squares is mind blowing to me. I decided to start with 7-inch squares of fabric to end up with 4 1/2-inch HST squares (finished size: 4 inches), which works out this way:
beginning square size x 0.64 = HST size
I have gotten to work. My aqua and reds are more vibrant than those in my MIL’s quilt, but I like bright colors that give a visual jolt–they match our current hot temps. I am hoping that this project will tame my red fabric stash, which is teetering on the ridiculous!