You might have noticed that we recently came out with a bunch of new stash builders with some great color combinations. I instantly gravitated toward the yellows and grays in “Clouds and Sunshine”. It’s such a beautiful and soft combination of prints and colors. I just love it! Mari just so happened to have a new pattern (Half-Square Triangle Fun) that needed testing, so I bravely stood up and volunteered to do a test. As a result, I have now officially started quilting. Hurray!
I had just gotten my sewing table (finally!), so it was about time I stepped away from the small projects and dove into a real quilt. I set up my little sewing station, read through all of the pattern and prepared my fabrics to be cut. The cutting was the easy part… or so I thought. I’m still not sure what happened, whether it was my ruler, my rotary cutter or just me, but halfway through my fabric stack I realized my squares weren’t, well, square. I decided to press on and figure out a way to deal with them later on.
After a lot of cutting, I finally had 144 squares ready to go! While I found it easy enough to make the half-square triangles, I was pretty slow at it. It took me a couple of weekends to get through all of them. Because I didn’t start with a square square, I had to finagle them a bit to get them straight. It’s a good thing there were to be four leftover squares, because I really screwed up four of them beyond use! Whoops!
I was really excited to start on assembling the rows so I could finally see it come together. After sewing up a few rows and laying them out together, I was so much more motivated to keep going forward. It took a lot less time to finish up the rows than it did to assemble the squares into triangles. Before I knew it, I was sewing the last row on and was finally able to see my results! My points weren’t perfect, but I was really excited to see that I was finished with my first quilt top.
I really liked working with Mari’s Half-Square Triangle Fun pattern. Everything was very clear and concise and was very easy for me to follow as a beginner. If I were to do it again, I would definitely invest in one of the Quick Quarter tools to save on time. Now if I could just get the courage to actually quilt my quilt top! I’ll save that adventure for the next blog post!