Friday, November 13, 2009

Another one for Project Linus

You're going to like this one :o)  A little while back Lynda gave me some large 1/2 square triangle blocks that someone else made and donated to Linus.  I had seen a technique that made good use of these types of blocks and I thought I would share it with you.



First you need a selection of large 1/2 square triangle blocks that measure a raw size of 7.5", 9" or 12".  The size doesn't really matter as long as the are all the same size and the number is divisible by 3.  In my case the blocks Lynda gave me were 10" so I squared them down to 9" before I moved onto the next step.  Once you've got your blocks cut them equally in thirds both ways.  In my case my 9" block gave me 9  - 3" blocks.  3 little 1/2 square triangle blocks and 6 solid blocks 3 of each colour. This technique would work great for blocks that had a high contrast between the two colours..so a light side and a dark side.  But in my case my blocks seem to fall into red and greens and yellows and this provided a design challenge.  Are you still with me?



Once all the blocks were chopped up I then started rearranging the little blocks into new 9 patch blocks.  I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of this step so look at the next picture at the basting stage and you should be able to see what I did.  I kept all the reds together and all the greens together and spaced out the yellows to create a repeating pattern in the corners.  You can see how this pattern would work really well with lights and darks.



Here is the finished quilt, all machine quilted and ready to by past on to Linus.  I could have sewn the 1/2 square triangle blocks together, but chopping them up and playing with colours created something a bit more interesting....or at least I think so :o)



Until next time...

23 comments:

willywagtail said...

It certainly looks like you have put a lot of work into this. Cherrie

Gina said...

What a great idea for a quilt

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Andrea said...

What a clever idea. I have loads of novelty fabrics and really want to make some quilts for Linus. I think maybe I should get some cut out and then when I have time get working on them. Sounds like a plan xx

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Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love the quilt's colors. Beautiful!

Kitty said...

It looks fantastic Jane, well done you. x

YankeeQuilter said...

Very fun! It will be well loved....

Karen said...

I agree! I think your quilt came up much more interesting.

Needled Mom said...

Nice Jane. It is so bright and cheery too for Project Linus.

paula, the quilter said...

This is so fun and what a great way to take some boring blocks into Wowser! blocks

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

the quilt looks great! all puffy and cozy.

and your moon picture in your previous post is amazing. i wish i could get a shot like that!

Evelyn said...

What a great idea! I've brought home a load of squares from Project Linus, intending to just sew them up into plain patchworks. But this looks like so much fun, I might give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

jovaliquilts said...

You're brilliant! What a fabulous idea! The quilt is adorable, and it's so much easier to make a great big HST and cut it up than to make (and square up!) all those smaller ones. I'm going to file this away to use in Project Linus quilts I make. Thanks for the idea!

Tanya said...

What a lovely colorful quilt!

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markhewgill said...

hey that is so cool!!!

toni said...

Hi Jane, that's such a clever idea - and the resulting quilt is simply gorgeous! toni xxx

Kim said...

I have not seen anything like this until now. Pat yourself on the back! You turned an ordinary group of blocks into something spectacular. Very inspiring, Jane! Thank you. :-)

Thimbleanna said...

Definitely more interesting -- that's VERY cool. Great job Jane!

Angie said...

Such a pretty quilt. Any child will be lucky to have it. :0)

Lynda said...

I've seen the quilt, but seeing the method is great! Pity about the missing photo, but perhaps I need to have a play and work it out myself! Just off to my stash ....

Penny said...

That is a lovely quilt, full of energy.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. However, we are perfectly safe where we are: it was the cottage we stayed in in the summer that is near the floods in Kendal.

Andrea Louise said...

Jane, I love your blog! This is the first time I came here and I am already a fan!