Halfway To The Fair

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

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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…

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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.

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

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There are now 28.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.