29 October 2010

My Little Affair with Half Square Triangles

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Yes, it’s true.  As much as I love my four-patches and nine-patches, my strips of all sizes, and just squares in general, I have a secret love.  Half square triangles.   I LOVE them…I want to wallpaper a room in them…and actually?  I have been known to dream about them.  I know.  Sad.  Anyways someday I have a plan to make a bucket of them in all of my favorite fabrics—with various assorted backgrounds—also I will throw in some 4-patches just cuz.  I will use them like…legos or pattern blocks.  I will never sew them together.  They will be just for playing with.



  
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When I get started on a new quilt the first thing I do is figure out what type of units I want to use.  If I have an idea in mind I will draw it out first on graph paper and look at how it plays with the squares on the page.  But sometimes I just want to play on the design wall, and for that I usually head straight to the magical half-square triangle, sometimes with some plain squares or four patches thrown in.  And then I do this for days on end…


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I don’t usually change my mind about the background half-way into it…



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But sometimes I do.



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I hope to make up my mind tonight…after I play just a little bit more.
Have a happy and safe Halloween weekend!!