The Spring Quilt-a-Long: More HST Quilting Motifs

 

Machine Quilting Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Are you ready to stitch?  Let’s continue our Spring Quilt-a-Long (before I have to re-name it the Summer QAL!)

On Tuesday we stitched the far right row of half square triangles.

Today we will stitch the far left row.
Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

First let’s address a few questions that you had.

Why do you start on the bottom of the quilt and not on top?

Hmmm….I’m not sure!  I arrange the quilt so the bulk of the quilt is to the left of the machine-not under the harp space.  It doesn’t matter if you start at the top of the row or the bottom.  I usually start at the bottom–mostly out of habit and because the bulk of the quilt is supported on the table when I start–and it moves into my lap as I go along.  There is no reason you couldn’t start the other way.

Why do you use Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top?

That thread combination is my “go-to” combo.  I know how it looks and that the two threads combine well together.  YOU may have two entirely different choices depending on your quilt, the batting, your sewing machine.  It is good to come up with YOUR “go-to” combo…then start adding new threads to try.

I like threads like Sulky Rayon with a bit of sheen on top.  40 wt thread is a slightly heavy thread and shows up well.

Because it is a slippery thread, I find it works best when I use a less slippery thread–like cotton in the bobbin.  It helps the machine make a nice stitch.  I used an 80wt cotton Aurifil in the bobbin this time–it’s new to me, but a thin thread will last longer in your bobbin.

X MARKS THE SPOT–A HST MOTIF

To stitch this motif we will stitch four triangles:  up, sideways, down, sideways–to form our X.

Begin stitching in the lower left corner of the square.

Stitch toward the center, stopping a few stitches short of the center.

Stitch to the lower right corner to create the first triangle.

Stitching on the light fabric, add a sideways triangle, ending in the upper right corner.

Stitch a downward triangle, ending in the upper left corner.

Stitch a sideways triangle, ending in the bottom left corner.

The “X” is complete.

Stitch in the ditch or close to the seam on the left side of the first HST to begin the next HST in the row. If you have trouble stitching to the center of the HST–and your Xs are catawampus (I look for excuses to use that word!)

Use chalk to mark the center.  Usually, once you stitch for a while you won’t have to mark–your eye will improve.

Once all the HST are machine quilted, stitch a straight line down the right side of each square to complete the pattern.

There you have it!

Another simple way to stitch HSTs!Machine Quilting Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Keep it simple and you’ve got it made!

Your Simple Quilting Tutor,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

The Spring Quilt-Long: Quilting the Half Square Triangles

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am back from Spring Market in St. Louis — energized and exhausted all at once!

I have lots of news to share–but we will reserve it for later this week because we have work to do!

We are free motion quilting our Spring Quilt-a-Long.

This quilt-a-long was designed as a half-square and border sampler.  By the time we are finished, YOU will have four ways to quilt the HST in YOUR quilts and several motifs for quilting borders.

In addition, we will be reviewing how a quilt top becomes a quilt:  step-by-step.  This little quilt is adorable, but it’s really a quilting textbook!

Follow along and you will learn how to quilt YOUR quilts!

Today we will choose thread and stitch one of the HST borders.  On Thursday we will quilt another HST border.

PREVIOUS LESSONS:

Piece the Quilt Top HERE

Borders and  Layering the Quilt Sandwich HERE

Stabilizing HERE

WHERE, OH WHERE DO WE BEGIN???

Our quilt is fully stabilized so we can quilt the rest of the quilt in any order.

When I begin quilting, I usually don’t have all the quilting planned, but I have some ideas.

I start quilting where I have an idea or plan--hoping the rest will come to me as I go!

If there’s any area of the quilting that is calling your name, quilt it!

The act of beginning has “pull-power” and will help you develop momentum to keep going.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

THE THREAD DILEMMA

The first two decisions to make are:

What motif are you going to use?

What thread will work best?

Start with the colors in your quilt.  Usually HST consist of a light and a dark triangle.  Either one of these colors will work–however, the quilting will be very visible on the contrasting fabric and will disappear on the matching fabric.

You could also split the difference–find a thread color and value that is between the dark and light fabrics.

A medium colored thread will be equally visible on both triangles.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

Choose the weight of the thread after choosing the color.  

The heavier the weight (lower number) the more it will show up on the quilt.

I choose a medium value color-Sulky 40wt Rayon.

In the bobbin, 80wt Aurifil cotton.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

MACHINE QUILTING HST-ROW ONE.

Start quilting the far right row of HSTs.

Arrange the quilt so that the bulk of the quilt is to the left side–leaving less bulk underneath the harp of the sewing machine.

Begin stitching in the left lower corner of the HST.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a shallow arc to the right lower corner.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a shallow arc to the right upper corner.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

Stitch along the diagonal back to the left lower corner.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

Stitch on the dark fabric–a shallow arc back to the right upper corner.

 

Stitch a shallow arc to the left upper corner.

NOTE-From here we will begin stitching the next HST in the row.  Once all the HSTs are complete, we will finish the left side of all of the HSTs.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

Begin the next HST in the row.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

You may find it is easier to rotate the quilt 90–so the right border is facing you…

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

Stop at the top border…adding a final smooth arc.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the left side (or top of the block if you re-oriented your quilt) of each block all the way down the row.

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

PERFECTION!!!

Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

That’s it!  Easy as 1-2-3!

Enjoy your success–you’ve completed the first row of quilting!

Celebrate like you do when you complete the first block in a quilt!!!

If you were stitching a row of HST in a King Size quilt–this would be a major achievement.

Machine quilting is faster than hand quilting, but it’s not fast.  Don’t rush yourself–

ENJOY THE PROCESS!

More quilting all week—

and reports from Spring Market:  trends, colors, people, places, things….

and a little news!

Slow and Steady wins the Race,

Your Turtle Tutor,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!!