“Halfway” Is Completely Assembled

The Halfway quilt is now a completely assembled top. YAY!


The top is 96″ x 94″.  56 blocks of 56 pieces each. That was so many half square triangles.  And so many scraps.  I am planning a tutorial, but it will probably be a while in the making.  If you are interested, though, the half square triangles FINISH at 6″, 3″ and 1-1/2″.

I think there are around 500 different fabrics in the top, which is what makes THIS so…


What is the word for I-didn’t-think-two-of-the-same-fabric-could-possibly-end-up-next-to each-other?

You might notice it in the upper right hand quadrant of the top.


Halfway To Halfway

What started as a pile of scrap half square triangles handed down by a fellow quilter is gradually turning in the Halfway Quilt.


I have shared this picture before, but this is what 16 blocks looked like.


There are now 28.


That is halfway to 56, my goal number for a queen size quilt.

I plan to create a full tutorial for this project when the time comes, but, if you want to get started on those half square triangles and all the necessary squaring up, the units are 6-1/2″, 3-1/2″ and 2″.  That is cut size, not finish size.

This should be a top by sometime in March, maybe even by the end of February.

Some Sparkle Jane

Long-time followers are familiar with my daughter, known as Sparkle Jane.  She is now 17 and a senior in high school.  It wasn’t that long ago…they grow up fast.

With all the demands of life she doesn’t quilt as regularly as in the past, but she does do some.


This top is a recent finish…

Hopefully to be quilted soon.

ps–The pattern is my design, inspired by THIS pattern.  But we resized it and measured so it isn’t paper pieced.  I know some people love paper piecing.  And I am very happy for them. And if you are one of those people you will enjoy Big Top.


16 Of 56

The Halfway quilt is also coming along.  Two large projects going at the same time can be a little discouraging because it is a long time to a finish.

Maybe I will be able to do some quilting on one of the waiting tops to make myself feel better.


In the meantime, I keep piecing.  I have used nearly all of the original half-square triangles from the scrap box.  Now I have to sort, cut, stitch and trim as I go.  That is slowing the process down, but I hope to get a few blocks a week done until near the end of February. That should get me to the “assemble” point.

I really like the way this is looking and want to see it stitched together.

Irish Stars Update: 130 Of 361

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming?  Mine is coming.  Slowly.  It is just going to take a long time.


But, I have passed the 1/3 mark with 130 of 361 blocks complete.


Only about 1-1/2 more years and I should be finished.  At least at the rate I am going.  Everyday people think I am joking when I say something like that, but fellow quilters understand.