Sad and neglected.
That’s how my sewing machine must have felt.
For a long time, we were the best of friends. I would spend hours and hours in front of my machine. We had a lot of wonderful times together making quilts – from pinwheels to chevron and from pennants to houndstooth. (See all of my quilting projects here.)
But even though I neglected my machine for so long, it welcomed me back with open arms. And I have this great herringbone quilt to show for it. (It’s another version of the herringbone quilt I made back in February.)
I think my favorite part is the pop of orange. It’s such an unexpected way to spruce up a quilt with solids. (I love quilts with solid fabrics.) This was a gift for my friend Sheri, who had her sweet little boy before Christmas.
I created the herringbone pattern using 100 half-square triangles.(I LOVE LOVE LOVE half-square triangles because they are simple to piece and you can make so many different patterns. And if you are extra lazy – like I am – you can start with precuts and skip a whole step. I’ve used half-square triangles to create herringbone, chevron, pinwheel, and a bunch of other varieties.)
A few notes:
- The finished quilt is 10 blocks wide by 10 blocks tall. I cannot for the life of me remember how large the finished squares were. See below for more reasons why I never share a tutorial.
- I started with 50 white and 50 gray 5 inch blocks. I love Kona solids, so I used a charm pack of Kona white and a charm pack of Kona coal. Seriously so easy.
- The backing and binding are made from this Moda orange dot.
I often get comments about making a tutorial for my quilts. There are a few reasons I stay away from tutorials.
- I don’t consider myself a great quilter. I like to quilt. I do it often. (Or at least I used to.) But I cut corners and teach myself and don’t really follow any rules. You should learn from someone really good at this quilting thing.
- I am a TERRIBLE procrastinator. Instead of doing something in advance, I’m almost always starting a quilt about 3 weeks after I wanted it to arrive. So I don’t have time to walk through the steps.
- I rarely follow a tutorial. I eyeball almost everything. I figure out the end pattern after doing most of the steps. And the layout just comes sort of naturally for me. So it’s hard to explain it.
Maybe you don’t really care why I don’t walk through the steps. But, I will try to share some links to check out if you want to make something similar.
This is the tutorial I first used to make half square triangles. Super simple and quick.
Trimming Half Square Triangles by Little Miss Shabby
This is a great, time-saving way to trim your HST to be the same size.
Now, let’s get back to some pictures of my photo shoot with this beauty.
I finished it with simple, (not) straight lines for quilting.
And then I added some orange dots for the binding and backing.
I think this is a great tutorial to join your binding, handle corners and machine finish.
It’s not perfect. None of my quilts are. But it felt good to be cutting and stitching and pressing again. I think I’ll do it again soon.