My very own DH (dear hubby) has been out with the new baby calves that are coming fast and furiously, even in the COLD weather. It is necessary to check them every couple of hours all through the night. He slides in occasionally to thaw out and cat-nap in front of the large screen HD television. Sitting along side one night, I mentioned I was working on an HC quilt. He “kindly” let me know that I probably meant HD. I clarified by saying that the HC made it HD. He finally opened both eyes, just so he could raise an eyebrow.
I said that high contrast quilts make for high definition. He thought that was about as funny as stepping on one of my pins. But I just attributed his lack of humor to lack of sleep.
Let’s talk about HC quilts which are best for all those 10″ squares we pre-cut from the scrap pile last year. I usually like high contrast quilts anyway but they seem especially important with scrap quilts. Here are some tips to get you sewing.
- In these ideas it is best to use a light piece and a dark piece, saving the mediums for later. I know that it may all seem relative to what fabric is laid next to it. But if you question, “Is this a medium?”, then that’s the one you want to leave out. Think gray scale and then go to either end.
- Use an assortment but keep them coordinated within the block. Say, a light pink and a dark pink. A tan and a chocolate brown. You get the picture? In high definition?
- As mentioned before, these scraps may not always be straight of grain so square it up early and often!
- It won’t take long to have enough for a LARGE quilt, so know what your end goal is. Place mats can wait for the smaller squares.
Sew Along #2
There’s probably a real name for this one (criss-cross, cross over, King’s X, ric-rac) but I just liked it for the 10″ squares. SO FAST!
Layer 2-10″ squares (a light & a dark) with the light on top. (The Martelli yellow board is a great cutting mat but looks a little weird with these colors in HD!)
Make 3 – 2 1/2″ cuts vertically. I just pealed the first layer back so you could see the direction.
Make 1 – 2 1/2″ cut horizontally through both layers. My Martelli skinny-mini ruler is covering what I’m cutting in the above photo. Remove the light strips and layer or line up to cut one more 2 1/2″ section. Sorry, I switched blocks as I forgot to photo the other one at this stage.
Do a layout according to finished block and assembly line sew into strip sections of the block. The scrappy blocks are so different you won’t mix them up. But remember you are going to have TWO finished blocks from each fabric pair.
When you begin to join the strips together remember that there are more vertical seams (taking up the seam allowances) that there are horizontal seams, so your block will NOT be square.
Here’s the part about trim early and often. Start your seams at the point of the pins in the photo leaving the excess in a trimming spot. One is at the top and one is at the bottom. Sorry the yellow pin is so hard to see, but the excess purple isn’t hard to see.
Trim each pair of strips to 8 1/2″ then join the center seam. Re-square entire clock.
Here’s a completed version but her method involved complete yardages of fabric.
Now there’s some high contrast that even sleep deprived hubby can see in high definition. I have one more option for you. It’s even faster! You don’t even have to change the channel. My inspiration came from here
and you can find a youtube video here.
Here’s option #2:
Chose 2-10″ squares, one light and one dark. Layer together.
Lay opposing corners on the 45 degree angel line of your cutting mat. Cut 1″ away from that 45 degree line on both sides.
Should come out looking like this (the lighter one is on the bottom, but the order doesn’t matter).
Fold each piece in half to find center and mark with a pin, or iron, or finger press (remember they are bias cuts so don’t stretch).
Sew the LIGHT center strip to the two DARK triangles and the DARK center strip to the two LIGHT triangles. Square each of the inserted corners to 9 1/2″
Ta-Da! You will be finished with either of these two quilts before the next blog post comes out.
Which is your favorite? I can see them put together in cross over pattern or the first option set on point or…and I’ll be thinking about those medium tones that felt so left out of the HC quilts. Or maybe moving on to those strips that are left in the drawer.