Sometimes just playing with scraps can produce something useful. Pulling out the scrap bag, I was looking for some pastels and florals to add to my Be My Neighbor fabric pull, when I ran across these half square triangles left over from another project. These squares are 5-1/2 inches.
I really had no advance idea of what to do with them. Maybe some four patches would be good. So, I cut some 5-1/2-inch white squares to go with them.
Sewing the HSTs to the white squares, pressed to the solid white, the units were nested and chain pieced.
So, now what. I had six four patch units, each finishing at 10-inches, not enough to make a quilt.
Well, maybe set them on point with large squares to make a decent size. So I pulled out a complementary purple print and cut large 10-1/2-inch squares and some triangles to set the four patches on point.
All together, it just seemed to call for an interesting border, not just another print.
I did think that a first border of the same purple print would make the four-patch units float in the center, so I added one, 3 inches wide. Then, I had these 5-inch yellow squares left over from another project, and yellow goes well with purple. I cut the same size squares of the light green, and lay them out to be sure the dimensions would match the border requirement. In a few spots, I sewed the seams a bit larger to take up the excess.
Now it was a good size for a charity quilt, about 45 x 55.
For continuity, I added a 2-inch final border of the same violet print as the middle HSTs.
I found some backing fabric in dark green, and laid it on the longarm to measure out batting.
Loading it up, now I had to decide on a pantograph. I wanted something kind of girly with the flowers.
I’ll show you the finish next time. Have you ever built a quilt from just bits, letting it evolve as it goes?
See the finish here – Quilting the On Point Quilt
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