I’m always a sucker for a beautiful quilt that is easy to make and lets the fabric do all of the talking.
This dramatic Multi-Faceted Half Square Triangle Quilt is just that. The idea for this quilt came about as I was staring at a gorgeous stack of Lori Holt’s Bee Basics fabrics, and realized that each print was equally balanced in scale and importance. There wasn’t a “leading actor,” so to speak.
While basics, by definition, are to quilting like supporting characters are to a movie, they can stand on their own merit and really shine in a quilt such as this one, where all are given equal weight.
A simple quilt design with no single dramatic overpowering feature in it means suddenly these basics prints all take on leading roles, and the effect is quite dramatic!
I used all of the colors in Lori’s Bee Basics collection for this quilt, but as I was folding the quilt, I noticed how beautiful the same quilt design would look with a more monochromatic color scheme. This blue/green combination is lovely. There is lots of room to play around with color here.
To make this quilt, I first decided I wanted to make a 60” x 60” throw quilt. Next, I drew up a little sketch of my quilt and began arranging little snips of fabric until I was happy with the design. I used a glue stick to glue them in place, and this became my pattern. As you can see, I ended up with four rows made up of four blocks each. Simple!
The easiest next step is to cut a 16” square of each fabric, paired them up using my little chart above, and started making my half square triangles. HERE is a great little tutorial for making half square triangles.
Most of these triangles will only be used once, which means that after my half square triangles are sewn and pressed, I will have extra quilt blocks. This is great for making 2 quilts. One to keep, one to share!
I had limited fabric on hand, so instead, I cut out individual triangles with perpendicular lines measuring 16”, then made my half-square triangles each individually.
Once all of the blocks are made, I squared them off, trimming to measure 15.5” square. Now, simply lay them out according to your diagram, sew them together into rows, then sew the rows together into a quilt. That’s it! Seriously!
For the quilt back, I wanted to use up my scraps, so I decided to sew them into strips. The strips are 5.5” wide and staggered in length. This was done randomly — I sewed a row, laid it out on the floor, then laid the strips for the next row beside it, marking the strips where I wanted to cut them so they would be staggered in length. Toward the top of the quilt, I added strips of white and some 5.5” squares.
It turned out so cute, it’s hard to tell which is the quilt front and which is the back! I used Riley Blake Designs 1/8” Gray Gingham for the binding.
It’s neat to see how the white really makes each color POP!
Here is a close up of the itty bitty scissors and cute little plus signs. LOVE!
The combination of blues is fabulous. Don’t you just love those teeny cross-stitch hearts?
My favorite parts of making a quilt is washing it because it starts to “crinkle.” To best achieve this crinkled look, do NOT pre-wash your fabric. When you pre-wash, the cotton will shrink a little. Instead, you want it to shrink AFTER it has been quilted. As it shrinks, it will pull a little on the quilting stitches, causing the fabric to crinkle up. This, in my opinion, is what makes quilts so cozy and snugly.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about this simple, dramatic, Multi-Faceted quilt journey with Lori Holt’s Bee Basics!
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