A Classic Half Square Triangle Quilt // Works in Progress

classic half square triangle quilt

Classic Half Square Triangle Quilt

Last week, I shared my Mendocino Mermaid Improv Quilt, a long standing work in progress that I finally finished. I loved the finished product, and decided to keep the momentum rolling. I dug out a set of forty 6″ trimmed (!) half square triangles from the quilt archives, and set to work.

These triangles were leftover from my Star Bright Quilt (a free pattern!) and my Stars in the Sky Quilt, each made in the summer of 2013 and gifted to two new nephews.

Star-Bright-Quilt

Star Bright Quilt

In the original quilts, I ditched the navy blocks last minute, and only used my favorite combinations.  I changed the Stars in the Sky layout at the last minute, and I ended up with a collection of half square triangles that didn’t really sing. I stuck them in a box, and there they sat.

Classic half square triangle blocks

Closeup of the prints in the quilt

A few weeks ago, I decided to add in a few bright yellow prints, a few navy prints, a few low volume prints, a pop of teal, and some solid white, and I love the finished product.  I made about forty more blocks. I broke from my tradition of star quilts and used this classic, simple, triangle layout.

Guess what. I love it! And I also love that there is a cohesion between the three quilts, without them being matchy-matchy.

So, if you have an old WIP and don’t love the color combination, or find it boring, make a few more blocks in colors that zing, and finish that quilt!

Star Quilt 2

Stars in the Sky Quilt

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10 Comments

  1. Posted March 14, 2016 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    That is nice that you have a family of quilts that go together but aren’t too similar. Each is beautiful.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 15, 2016 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Thanks–it is fun to be as excited about the third one as I was about the other 2!

  2. Posted March 14, 2016 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Love all those three quilts and the fabrics – so pretty!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 15, 2016 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much!

  3. Posted March 15, 2016 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your ideas. The Stars in the Sky quilt is wonderful, the color combination as well as the pattern are just perfect. Congratulations!!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello. Isn’t it funny, I had forgotten about that quilt until my sister texted me and said, “those triangles look a lot like my son’s quilt.”

  4. Kathy
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    The Stars in the Sky quilt is gorgeous. Is there a pattern for it? Also love the Star Bright quilt. Great job!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 16, 2016 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much for stopping by. There isn’t a pattern–I have thought about it, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Happy quilting!

  5. Posted March 16, 2016 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Love love love the colors in the HST configuration–so fresh and exciting. That’s how you let the fabric do the work. Great job!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 16, 2016 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much!

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