Monday, June 27, 2011

Warm/Cool Top Complete

266 half-square triangles. 219 different prints (114 cool prints, 105 warm prints). 6 full bobbins worth of thread. Two rotary cutter blades. One completed scrappy quilt top. : )

I love love LOVE this top! Thank you, Jeni, for your Warm/Cool Quilt-Along—I probably wouldn't have gotten around to making this without your QA. My girls love the top too. Miss E. is thrilled that we don't have to give it away. She's already had a good sit-down to check out all the colors and print motifs. Her favorite is the Sherbet Pips dog chasing his ball.

At the last minute I decided to take out most of the HSTs with purple. There were a couple of reasons for that decision—for one thing, I don't have very much purple in my stash, which meant that the colors weren't balanced. And for another thing, most of the purples I do have are fairly warm pinkish purples. So the purples just weren't working in the final layout, they diluted the warm/cool pattern, and out they went. (I did leave a few purples, like the Central Park print in the far right HST above.)

Working this many HSTs is not for the faint of heart, but here are my tips to make it a little easier:

1. Use a mechanical pencil to mark your diagonals. Somehow marking just seemed to go faster and was more accurate with a mechanical pencil versus a standard one.

2. Use a 4.5" quilt square for trimming your HSTs (or whatever size your finished HSTs require). Centering is vastly easier with a square. And if you don't have a 4.5" square, you could do what Elizabeth did and make one out of template plastic (just be sure to mark the diagonal for easier centering).

3. You don't have to stand up while you're trimming your gazillion HSTs! I'm embarrassed it took me so long to realize this, but just in case it hasn't occurred to you either, you can sit down while trimming—you just need a nice, low table. A coffee table might work, or I found that my daughters' little coloring table was the perfect height for trimming while sitting on the couch (I have a large ottoman in my family room instead of a coffee table, so I don't have that option). This discovery made trimming 266 HSTs much more tolerable.

I'm hoping to baste this one in the next couple of days and then try that FMQ again. Can't wait for this one to be complete!

I'm linking up to Sew Modern Monday.

P.S. Stay tuned - this afternoon I'll be posting the winners of my Boots fabric giveaway!

60 comments:

Marg said...

Wow it's stunning. Love it.

Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother said...

It is gorgeous! Congratulations :)

Meg said...

Beautiful! I love it!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Wow, this is really lovely. Am inspired to make one for myself.

bruns said...

that looks awesome! can't wait to see how it looks when it is all quilted up!

noga quilts said...

Beautiful quilt, a feast to the eyes!

Cindy said...

Wow! It's beautiful! Have you had your fill of HSTs for a while? I can't wait to see what it looks like finished :)

Bente said...

Hi Lee,
it looks soooo beutiful, so scrappy...-I love it!
Bente
I like to QuiltBlog.blogspot.com

Melinda said...

Lovely job, Lee!

Elizabeth D. said...

This looks SOOOO amazing, Lee!!! I love it! Two blades? Wow! Your tip about sitting down worked amazingly for me, too, and I will definitely be utilizing it for Round 2 of my HSTs later this week :)

Elena said...

Gorgeous!!! 266 HSTs??! Wow! I'm making the twin size, so I think I only have 176....what size is yours?

It has been quite an undertaking. I've been working in steps/shifts, sewing some together, ironing some, trimming some....so I don't get sick of any one thing too quickly.

Great work on yours! :)

AnneMarie said...

Oh my! That's a TON of HSTs!! Well worth it, I'd say!! Looks amazing!

Jana said...

Wow - it looks realy great! I love it! you made good job.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

It is stunning..very showy colours Lee

CityHouseStudio said...

This is just gorgeous, WOW! I love it!
I'm just making the mini size for this QAL - I wasn't quite up to the work of a large one!

Linda said...

I adore scrappy quilts, and even a sorta-planned scrappy quilt, like yours, is marvelous! Now if I only had scraps that aren't from the 1980s...

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

LOVE THIS!!!! It really does look amazing. I am jealous that you are done with yours already, I had some triangles left over from another project so I'm doing the mini size, but I haven't started sewing them together yet...I am very anxious to. Yours is so stunning, I like that you used primary/secondary colors.

CosmoQuilts said...

This is just FANTASTIC! Love the colors, lov the pattern, and love the fabric!

Linz said...

That is BEAUTIFUL!! Seriously - one of my favorites in a while! So pretty!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Its beautiful!! Wow....

LynCC said...

wow - yours turned out so gorgeous, Lee!

karenfae said...

Oh I do love this one!! such a great idea for using up scraps too.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Flying Blind... said...

It's stunning!
PS. I have never sat down for trimming, thanks for pointing out the obvious!!

Shanna said...

Gorgeous!! I have been on the fence about doing a quilt like this, but I have seen so many beautiful quilts...I think I may have to give it a go!

If Toys Could Talk said...

Gorgeous! I love all of your fabrics - such pretty prints!

Diane said...

Wow! I am taken away with how beautiful that is! Your colors and patterns go amazingly well together. I'd say you've got the art of coordinating your fabrics down to the T. :) Great job!

Katie B. said...

It is so awesome, Lee! I can't wait to see it all finished up.

A Seam to Sew said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

Connie said...

Congrats on finishing the piecing! It is absolutely gorgeous!

Amy said...

WOW!! It looks awesome!

Kati said...

This looks amazing. I agree about the purples. It's hard to make them work because they seem to go either way.

Staci said...

It turned out so cheerful and bright! Very nice!
I've got three Supernova blocks made! Still a QA delinquent, but trying to redeem myself. The block construction is done in such an interesting manner, I am really enjoying it!

VickiT said...

WOW! That is just GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I love it. The colors are just amazing. Great job!

Tanyia said...

Beautiful job! I just posted mine today as well :)

The Thompsons said...

Wow! That's absolutely beautiful! I seriously love it!

**nicke... said...

WOW! that is stunning! stunning stunning stunning!

on another note. how in the world did you figure out how to number your comments. i have tried and tried to no avail!

What Comes Next? said...

beautiful! I love HSTs and this warm/cool is a fabulous way to show them off.

Barbara said...

It's gorgeous! I love it.

Rachel Hauser said...

You know, I tend to buy "warm" purples as well - almost to the point that I think of purple as a warm color. I bet it was painful to pull out the purples, but the finished project is thanks enough!

Bree said...

Gorgeous! I always forget about sitting while trimming & ironing too, but it can be a life-saver.

Live a Colorful Life said...

It's beautiful! I really like your tip about sitting while trimming.

A.J. Dub. said...

Fab as always Lee! Have you done a tute on squaring? I am in need of help in this area. :)

Pam said...

I love it! I wish I had time to make one of these beautiful quilts!

Jeanie said...

Love, love, love it!! That's a lot of triangles-awesome:)

Francis Paul said...

what a stunning quilt!!!

Leslie said...

this is stunning!!!

pasqueflower said...

Beautiful quilt! I've always had a love-hate relationship with HST's, but life IS a bit easier when you give yourself permission to sit to do the trimming!

LeAnn aka pasqueflower
http://pasqueflowerponderings.blogspot.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pasqueflower

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Warm Cool quilt is fabulous Lee! Now I wish I had joined the quilt along!

tusen said...

I love it too. And it's delightfully scrappy. I'm sure I could spend a long time just checking out the different fabrics.

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Oh I LOVE it! This is just stunning!

Jeni said...

It looks AWESOME Lee! Love it!

I know what you mean about the purples! I love a good plum or raspberry purple, luckily I have a decent stock of other purples too (its one of my very favorite colors)! :)

Cathy said...

Really lovely!

bloomingpoppies said...

It's a really stunning quilt top. i just don't want to stop looking at it :-)!!!

felicity said...

Completely gorgeous. As usual. :)

Kirsten N said...

This is such a lovely quilt!!

4lethea said...

So amazingly wonderful

MeganAnne said...

I love the way the warm diamonds pop right off the cool diamonds. I see the cool as the background and the warm as the fun design on top. Well done! This is so much fun. I would be happy too if it got to stay at my house. :)

Andrea said...

wonderful work!

Kate S. said...

It looks gorgeous Lee! It will totally be a family heirloom.

And I know what you mean about purple... I tend to think of purple as a warm color too and maybe group yellow with the cools more - but I guess that is the deal with splitting the color wheel in half, there are always going to be colors on the edge that could kind of go either way depending on the shade.

Megan said...

This is so awesome Lee! I seriously love it! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great 4th of July weekend!

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