Thursday, March 3, 2016

Think Outside the Box HST Challenge

Welcome to the Think Outside the Box HST Challenge!
This is a chance to work with HST's (half square triangles) in a creative, organic way, breaking free of the 'block' idea. There are plenty of HST quilt-alongs featuring numerous blocks in 2x2, 3x3, or 4x4 format, but that's not what we're looking for here. 

How did this get started? QuiltCon. I saw a quilt there of a tree, and the quilter used groups of 1, 2, or 3 HST's to represent the leaves. Here's a snippet of it.

This quilt was one of a handful that made me take a second look. The concept was fascinating in that strategically placed HST's were made to look like leaves or flowers.

I'll admit that I'm not at that level of creativity at the moment, but that doesn't mean it won't happen. At least I have a start at three non-block ideas. The newest one, using triangles leftover from the Heart to Heart table runner 

is inspired by a composition notebook cover.

Pretty cover isn't it? I'll have to cut more light aqua and some purple triangles if I go with this design. It would make a cute baby quilt though, wouldn't it?

The other two designs mentioned in an earlier post are still at the same stage. I think I might work with value changes in the purple on the first one, as that might give it some more interest.

And on the second one, I'm liking the notan concept that's happening, and will see what it looks like with an added strip. Just need to find some more pale green fabric.

Inspired to play with HST's in a different way? Hope so! Remember, the only rule here is to not make a block. Let your creativity run free! 

There are no prizes involved, just fun! The challenge will run through March, and pictures can be posted to IG using #totbhstchallenge. Please be sure to tag @quiltfabrication so that I can see your creations.

Feel free to grab a button and play along!

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Happy Quilting!

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