Saturday, April 9, 2011

friday night brights

If I hadn't pre-paid for an 8AM pilates class tomorrow, I'd be writing this at 3AM showing you a finished quilt, I'm sure. Alas.

The Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild is taking part in the Kona Solids Charm Pack Challenge, and we drew the long straw with the brights charm pack. This palette suits me well.

I don't think there were actual rules for the challenge, so I made up rules for myself as follows:

RULE 1: You may pick ONE charm not to use. Everything else goes in.
RULE 2: You may incorporate one other solid
RULE 3: Said solid as well as backing and binding fabrics must come from your stash.
RULE 4: You have to design something you can finish entirely in 1 week.

With that settled, I commenced with ideas and design. Then Butler made it to the Final 4. Then Butler made it to the finals. So when Monday night rolled around and I wanted something brainless to do while I watched the game, I abandoned all pre-planning and decided on HSTs.

Several months ago I stumbled across this video for making quick half-square triangles, and I'd wanted to try this with a charm pack since then. [i realize this is for]

The verdict? It is seriously fast and way less annoying than doing the "mark the center line and then sew in both sides and cut down the middle" method. Actually, this method has an annoyance and frustration factor of exactly 0. I love it.

Back to the Kona Challenge quilt (because seriously, I have to get up in like 6 and a half hours... no more tangents!). Ever since I saw Kelly's  I Love Rainbows quilt, pictured here, I've wanted to make a rainbow quilt with the gradation moving from one corner to the other (as opposed to top-to-bottom or left-to-right).

Monday night I sewed, keeping the charms in perfect color order. Wednesday night I cut the triangles from the sewn charms, keeping the triangles in perfect color order. Tonight, I ironed all of the squares open, marked* each one with a number to designate its sequence in the original charm pack, and started getting things up onto the design wall.

*sidenote: has anyone else been using those Pilot Frixion pens? Merlin's beard! It's like something you'd get from Flourish and Blotts!

Pilot FriXion Ball Pen, Erasable Gel Ink, Fine Point, Assorted Colors 6 pack: Black, Blue, Red, Pink, Orange, Purple (31568)

Where was I? My rainbow! right. It took some finagling, but I'm SO happy with how it's turning out. Even the crappy iPhone photo makes me smile. Success!
Friday Night Brights

Tomorrow I'll piece the top, and hopefully I'll get it backed and basted so that Sunday I can quilt it and get started on the binding. If there was a "slowest binder in the universe" award, I'd get it. I bind at tortoise speed.

So that's how I spent my Friday night. You?


  1. You are doing a great job - this quilt is going to look gorgeous once you get it done - happy stitching!

  2. Beautiful! I'm am so impressed. And that tutorial video... I might actually attempt something that isn't a square now. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Pretty! I watched the tutorial, and I think I'll try that next time I make HSTs! I don't know that I mind the other method so much, but am curious if it would save time. :) Love your rainbow...

  4. So pretty and such a great fit for the challenge!

  5. very pretty
    and such a clever idea for hst!

  6. Oh I love it I can't wait to see it.

  7. I adore the top one with the glowing center. I guess it would mean a lot more piecing for you, but either of the top two take your rainbow HSTs from ordinary to extraordinary.

  8. Oops. I posted my comment on the wrong post.

  9. I love your quilt! And I'm excited to find a quilt blogger from the Indy area - I'm in Lafayette.