This past weekend I started playing around with half-square triangles in an attempt to participate in the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild’s upcoming Triangle Challenge. Essentially the challenge is to create a quilt that is composed primarily of triangles – sounds fun to me! There is also a “bonus level” in which you can make your quilt monochromatic, but let’s face it, I don’t think I could ever make a monochromatic quilt. I love bright colors too much. 🙂
For my challenge project, I started with two charm packs (pre-cut stacks of 5 inch squares) that I got from Missouri Star Quilt Company a few months ago. The fabric is from Joel Dewberry’s Wander and Modernist collections, on the middle right and bottom right in the photo above. I’ll save the other charm packs – batiks and awesome parrot fabric (!) – for another project.
After deliberating for a while on what kind of triangles I wanted to use, I decided to keep it simple with half-square triangles (HSTs). I’m using this method to sew two HSTs at a time. The charms are 5 inches square, which leaves a little wiggle room to trim the HSTs down to 4.5 inches (unfinished). The finished HSTs will be 4 inches once they’re all sewn together.
I also made a bold move (bold for me, anyway!) and decided to pair up the prints with black, white, and gray solids. I think this will make the quilt really modern and graphic.
Now comes the fun part – making a million triangles and playing with the layout. The options are seemingly endless! I tried out a few layouts last night and have a feeling there are many more to come. The first photo in this post uses big chevrons, which I quite like. Below are a few more potential options.
Random diamond layout:
Gradient diamond layout:
“Broken dishes” layout (similar to the classic “broken dishes” quilt block):
I have my favorites, but I reserve the right to change my mind later. 🙂
Have you ever made a quilt with all triangles? Any suggestions for alternate layouts?