Halfway To The Fair

I am entering the Halfway quilt in the local fair this year.


There are usually between 75 and 100 total quilts at our local county fair.  Yep, that is a lot, but quilting is big around here.


I will be there this weekend and will share pictures and results as they are available.  I don’t expect a big prize, but maybe a ribbon…


We’ll see.  I don’t enter to win, but to support a local event.  And it is nice to get feedback on my work.  It helps me to improve.

Small Something #4: Matching Pillows

The Heritage Stars quilt generated a number of “waste” triangles that didn’t want to go to waste.IMG_3479

So I made pillows instead. Matchy-matchy, but hopefully in a good way.IMG_3479

No tutorial…I just trimmed the Half-square triangles to a standard size (in this case, 2-1/2″) and fiddled around with layout options.  I hope he is pleased.

“Halfway” Is Completely Assembled

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


The top is 84″ x 96″”.  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.

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.