If you've made (or are making) my Blue Goose quilt, then you definitely need to make something with all those corner trimmed off half-square-triangles. Those 4" x 8" flying geese trimmings make fantastic 3.5" unfinished half-square triangles: 324 of them to be exact.
When I realized that I would have a lot of HST squares, I started looking for a block that wouldn't result in bulky seams (most of the seams nested in some way). The Annie's Choice block (above left) caught my eye, but the math didn't work quite right. (I had 324 blocks...that makes for a quilt 18 blocks x 18 blocks, but a 4x4 block doesn't go in to 18 evenly.) So I started doodling, added another row to the block, and came up with a block that was made up of 6 squares x 6 squares (the math worked beautifully)! I named it my "Shattered HST" block because when you put a few of them together in a quilt they start to look like shattered glass. Now I'm sure that I'm not the first person in all of quilting history to come up with that block design - but for now that is what I will call it.
When I had all my squares laid out on my design wall, I realized that I wanted the quilt to be a little bigger. So I added an outer border of HST squares to get the quilt to finish at 60" square. That makes 400 HST squares for this quilt. My final layout is shown above.
I backed this quilt in my favorite silver minky and had it quilted with the "River Run" pattern again. As I said in my Instagram post, this quilt is so busy that the quilting would never show up on the front of the quilt, but I like the way it looks on the back.
As you may have read in my Blue Goose post, these quilts were made from the majority of my dark blue, light blue, and darker gray stash. I was happy that I found one last stashed gray piece that was long enough to make the binding for this quilt.
This quilt is crazy scrappy - and busy! But I love how it sparkles and has so many internal secondary patterns within the Shattered HST blocks. Can you see the radiating diamonds? Pinwheels in the corners where the blocks come together?
You can see more pictures of this quilt using the #shatteredhstquilt on Instagram.
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12/4/2020 01:36:06 pm
I love your quilts!! I love scrap quilts & it’s so fun to play with colors & values. Thank you for posting!
1/24/2022 12:13:55 pm
if i am looking to make a quilt of similar proportions, should i start making HSTs using 4" square? I think that's how i interpret this. Thank you! I have some gorgeous blues from Marcia Derse that i am searching for a great pattern for.
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