Friday, August 1, 2014

T-Shirt Sample Half Square Triangles

I recently came across some salesman samples of t-shirt fabrics, which amounted to a bundle of very colorful small rectangles of knits backed with interfacings. At first I was thinking that I would just pass them on to Fidget to play with, because did I really want to sew a quilt with t-shirt knit? But the more I looked at those samples, I realized I really loved the colors all thrown together - the different values, shades, and little pops of bright colors.

And I also remembered this - one of my favorite pictures, a late 1960's Jason Crum mural (from a vintage visual teaching aid). I love the half square triangles; the colors, the patterns made by the lines and different values.

Lucky for me I just bought a die cutter, and in less than an hour I had run all the rectangles through to become half square triangles. I pieced the HST's somewhat randomly, the only criteria was that the two halves could not be from the same color family, and one half had to be a lighter value. And so, with help of my lovely assistant...
Here is my Jason Crum inspired t-shirt sample half square triangle quilt top!


To be honest, I needed a project that would just go together fast and be finished - know what I mean? So yes, the piecing is a little wonky - some of the corners do not line up perfectly, but that doesn't bother me in the least. I still love it!

I plan on quilting it as simply as possible, turning it into a wall-hanging, hopefully to hang somewhere in the house!


Quilting Nonnie said...

I love how brought and cheerful your quilt is. Isn't it great how the fabric was already backed with stabilizer? That would have thrown me off immediately. Great idea and it will look wonderful on a room in your home.

smazoochie said...

Ack! I haven't been by for a while -- Fidget is getting so BIG! Nooooo! Make her stop!

p.s. love the quilt & love love love that you press your seams open

Anonymous said...

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Miss Sews-it-all said...

Thanks smazoochie, she IS getting big! She's in full-day Kindergarten this year, and loves it. Yes, I have tried all different methods of pressing, and feel best pressing open when I can. :-)