Friday, December 9, 2011

Half Square Triangles

I sew a lot of half square triangles.  I've always thought I was pretty good at it and couldn't understand why people have such a fear of them.  However I can tell you, I may not be as good as I thought.  For this next block in the 501 Project, there were 144 half square triangles.  Needless to say, I stretched a few.  But I'm still pretty pleased with how it came out.

Aunt Rachel's Star

As I was sewing the block, I began to think that there may be an error in the book.  According to the cutting instructions, this block can be done as a 6 inch block.  I find that very hard to believe, if for no other reason than handling the bulk of the seams.  Seriously, 152 pieces in a six inch block?!  It was difficult enough at 12 inches.  The block took me 3 hours and 45 minutes to sew.

I finally decided how to use my little embroidered Christmas tree piece.  Actually it kinda grew into being.  I started out with the idea that it was going to be a Christmas stocking.  It ended up as a little wall hanging.

The middle tree section puffs out nicely with the stippling around it.  In the green, I free motion quilted some stars.  I think I did pretty well for a first try.

Hope you have a good day.



Joanie's Quilts said...

I love your sweet Christmas tree wall-hanging! You did a marvelous job on FMQ those stars! And what patience with Aunt Rachel's Star - great job!

sunny said...

152 Pieces?!?!?! Oh my. You're awesome. I love the little tree.

Gretchen said...

What a block! Impressive, Pat!