Monday, April 18, 2016


Say hello to Jagged, my second Think Outside the Box HST Challenge quilt.

A bit of a rocky road getting this one finished, as some unstitching was necessary to get the top border to fit with the design. All of the light green triangles were removed,

and replaced with border strips,

so that the design was not interrupted by horizontal lines.

It looks so much better this way, and I'm glad I took the time to do it right.

Thankfully, the bottom was much easier since there were already dark triangles to work with, so no unstitching there.

For this one, I let the walking foot do the quilting. Using a clear monofilament thread on the top, and a purple cotton in the bobbin, the quilt was stitched in the ditch. In the top and bottom borders, the jagged design was continued. But for the side borders, I chose to keep it simple with a horizontal line that corresponded with the jagged points.

I could have done a fill in either the light or dark area, but because this design follows the notan principle, I didn't want one to dominate.

I'm pretty happy with this one, and it's sister, Light at the End of the Spiral.

It's been a good challenge, creating different designs from scrap HST's, so that the little bits didn't go to waste. I still have a couple more out there, just a matter of time to get to them.

I do wish you a wonderful day quilting!


  1. Wow, a lot of work, but it looks really great! Modern and dynamic! I had the same light green fabric in my stash a while ago... I have no idea where I used it, but it is so fun to see a design made with fabric I had my hands on! Thanks for sharing

  2. Great way to include the border fabric in your design!

  3. Wow!!! I love Jagged!!! The colors are one of my favorite combos - great job on both!

  4. I know how hard it is when you look at something, and can see a better way. I really enjoyed your link to explain the notan principle. Until I read about it, I didn't understand what you were leading to. You did reconstruct it to stay true to your original idea, and it does have a better feel. Thanks for helping me see what you could.

  5. Jagged is awesome! Love your creative use of hsts. The spiral is pretty cool also.

  6. This is such an interesting design - one that makes a person say 'how'd she do that?' Those are the best! You really are thinking outside the box with your HST's. I have a pile of triangle trimmings from my current project and I usually toss them because they are so small. However, I've been thinking they would make a really cool HST project, and this has inspired me to see what comes from a stack of tiny HST's. :) Thanks for sharing this on Main Crush Monday!

  7. Two great quilts, thats a lot of HSTs in Jagged, but so worth it. I love the blue and green combo too.

  8. Oh wow! Those quilts are gorgeous! I especially love Light at the End of the Spiral, but Jagged is stunning also. I'm reminded of the old crosscut saws that were used to cut down trees. The ones that required two men to do the work with one saw. (Not that I've ever seen one in action.) Those HST's look like the teeth in the saw.
    Stopped by to say thanks for linking up with TGIFF and got all bogged down with a memory of a tool I've never seen working! Now that's art making a person think and connect. Thanks!
    Mary @

  9. You knocked these two of the park!!!! Awesome work.


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