Monday, March 5, 2012

Modern Mini Challenge Quilt: HST Extravaganza


Queen of the last-minute finish—that's me! My mini is done, with just a few hours to spare.


In the spirit of using what I already have, more than half of the HSTs in this mini were made last year—they were the "bonus HSTs," leftover from when I made my Supernova Quilt-Along quilt.  I trimmed them up, added a few more (mostly the greens), and ta-da, a mini was born! (But yes, it still took forever!)


The background and binding are Kona Coal, and I quilted it with simple straight lines along the seams. The completed mini measures about 20" square and the HSTs are 1.75" finished. I couldn't be happier with it! Thanks, Jennifer, for organizing this great challenge!


And one more thing—would you believe, after all of that, I still have more than 80 of these leftover HSTs? I think I've had my fill of them at this point, so would anybody else like to play with them? They're mostly blues, pinks, oranges, and yellows, and they need to be squared up (I squared mine up to 2.25" square). If you would like to give these HSTs a home, just tell me that in a comment, and I'll pick somebody tomorrow. (THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.)


133 comments:

Sharon said...

Well, thanks for asking. I sure would like to be the lucky recipient of those lovely HSTs and will put them to good use! Thanks.

Sharon said...

PS -- your mini is just fabulous!

felicity said...

Lee, I love love love this! It is stunning.

As much as I'd like your little bits, I am exercising restraint and passing. Thank you though!

Dee said...

Jaw dropping, mouth hanging open, drooley loverliness for this quilt! Gasp on the tininess of it all!

Yummy!

Robin noteverstill said...

Oh, that is so generous! I'm a novice quiltEr and right now my ideas far exceed my pace - I'd love your HSTs to play with - they'd temper my frustration with my own slowness!

Tsoniki Crazy Bull said...

I love that! I think my favorite color combo is the pinks - light pink to deep pink. Very pretty. I'd love the HST's!

diane said...

Wow Lee this is fantastic. I love the suble gradation of the colors and the grey background=stunning.

Candice said...

Just gorgeous!! I'd love to give your HST a home too :)

KOcanQuilt said...

Lee, so wonderful! I have not been a fan of Kona coal before. But in this, it is just the contrast needed.

I would love to play with your HST's. Please throw my name into the hat. Thank you!

noodledogknits said...

I have a pretty small fabric stash but I love having new things to play with and experiment with!

ylrbmk said...

Your mini is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win the HSTs :)

Laura said...

I love your quilt. It is beautiful and such a bonus. I would treasure your leftovers.

Brenna said...

Stunning mini! I would love the chance to play with your leftovers!

Jamie @Terrabyte Farm said...

What an amazing quilt. I would gladly take those HST of your hands ;)

Jacque said...

Oh my gosh; I love this! What a fabulous idea. I would love to try one of my own with your remaining HSTs! Thanks for asking. :)

Debbie said...

absolutely darling quilt & I would LOVE your leftovers!!

Cheryl said...

I would love to play with the HST!

tartankiwi said...

Firstly, I LOVE your mini quilt- great colours!
Secondly, since you're offering, I would love to have a play with your leftovers :-)

danih03 said...

Great little mini! And sure,I'd love your leftovers!

Heidi Staples said...

Stunning mini...I absolutely love everything about it.

I'd love to adopt your HSTs, so put my name in the ring!

honeyguide said...

Love your mini, it's really striking. Would also like your leftovers!

Tamie said...

I would love to play with some HST's- especially yours. I love your mini!

Crafty Newbie said...

Beautiful! :)

Patrice said...

I would love to play with your HST's. This quilt is gorgeous! I really love the gray. Great job!

Allegory said...

I would absolutely adore some HST's. Triangles are not my friend but I want a HST quilt of my own. I think I could totally handle them now that they're square ;)

Suz said...

Your quilt is to die for... but you are mad, quite, quite mad. I definately don't want to win your HST's.

M-R said...

Wow, wow, wow! Great job with this challenge, Lee!

Valerie said...

Lee, this is amazing! I love the layout. And sure, I wouldn't mind playing with some HST's!

Kim said...

I heard them calling my name from ALL the way over at MY blog ;o) I LOVE the mini!!!!! it is downright sexy!!!!! Great job :o)

Lindsay said...

I'd be more than happy to give the HST's a home. Your mini turned out beautiful btw!

Beezus said...

I wouldn't mind if your leftovers came my way. Hope you don't mind, I pinned your mini because I think it turned out great. :)

Katie B. said...

This is so lovely, Lee!

Andrea said...

oh my, this is beautiful!! and i would LOVE to play with them!!! please pick me! :)

Sonia B said...

Beautiful mini . . . love the tone gradation. I wouldn't mind playing with your leftovers. Thanks for the offer.

Jenny said...

This is awesome!!

Patrick said...

I love the mini! Does look like a lot of work, but I am up for it. Would it be crazy to try and make a lapquilt from your leftovers (plus some of mine)? It might take FOREVER, but I would do it if you passed them along to me :)
Thanks!
Patrick
www.straightstitchingsinger.blogspot.com

Colleen said...

I love it, especially the "ta da" moment that makes it sound like it made itself. I hope someone else can enjoy your extras, I've got plenty of my own ;)

Sooli said...

I'm always happy to give homeless fabric a home, no matter what size it is! Perhaps it would like to come to Australia to live!
Sue
spreece49@gmail.com
PS: That is a gorgeous mini!

sweetyzoya said...

That mini quilt is so lovely, i love the geometric' ness of it :) I would love to incorporate those HSTs into the quilt I'm making for my daughter's 1st birthday.

Kati said...

I love this! So fun. It would be a great as a large quilt too. I love how you arranged the colors.

Tania said...

Hi Lee, I just love your mini quilt, and how you arranged the colours. If you didnt' mind sending them to Australia, I would love your extra HSTs to start making a similar quilt of my own. Thanks for the lovely chance!

t. anne said...

This mini is fantastic. I love the color gradient! (I'd also love to have your leftover HSTs, so please pick me.) :)

hueisei said...

I loved your minis.. so amazing!!!!
please put me in the draw for the leftovers..thanks.

Artfulife said...

Your mini is just amazing! I'd love to be in the drawing for the leftovers also.

Turtlegurl said...

This is beautiful! I'd love to throw my hat in the ring for the leftovers too!

iluvmybugs said...

Love your mini and would love to be added to the drawing for your leftovers...thanks for the chance!
~Terry~

Kirsten N said...

Love the colour gradient of the HTS's in your mini quilt - and I could definitely use up your leftovers for you!

scrappy101 said...

I was looking to see if you had a tutorial for this or a pattern. Better than that you have a give away. Would love to be the giftee to such a beautiful mini quilt.

scrappy101 said...

I was looking to see if you had a tutorial for this or a pattern. Better than that you have a give away. Would love to be the giftee to such a beautiful mini quilt.

Dianne Neale said...

I just wanted to say I love your mini quilt. But PLEASE don't put me in the draw - I have plenty left from my Supernova quilt!

D y a said...

Oh wow, how gorgeous, I love your color choice.

tusen said...

Lovely mini, this is such a great pattern for HSTs. The leftovers would be fun - I've never played with such small HSTs and I'm thinking coasters/mug rugs...

Ebeth said...

Your work is inspiring! It makes me happy to look at.

Thanks for the offer...I'd sure love them!

Lwghosts at yahoo dot com

Lynda said...

what fun to put something together with your leftover hst's - count me in please.

Poppyprint said...

brilliant! I love your quilt - and I am so glad I don't have to judge the modern mini contest!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh this is really gorgeous! Good luck.
Please put me in the hat for the leftovers, maybe some awesome talent has rubbed off on them too!

Ann said...

I love your mini and I'd love your leftovers!!!
Thanks!
~Ann

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Gorgeous!!
I'm crushing on triangles and could certainly use your scraps!! :)

Jenelle said...

This is so beautiful! I love the color graduations. I would put those HSTs to good use for sure. :)

moira said...

I love this. It's so pretty :)

Sadie said...

Great mini for the challenge! The colour placement is fab!

Sel said...

I'd love to give these HSTs a home!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Your mini is fabulous! Love the Kona Coal as the background.

I'd most certainly give those leftovers a happy home!

Cristi
2ifbysea1067@bellsouth.net

Cokie K said...

I love bonus triangles. I would love to give your HSTs a new home.

Wendy D. P. said...

Your mini is gorgeous! Those HSTs are beautiful - I'd love to play with them!

eamylove said...

Oooohhh!!! Totally FANTASTIC mini! I love everything about it! {Please put my name in the hat...I would love to have your leftovers!}

Em said...

This is lovely. I have just the project for your leftover, please throw my name in the hat!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Lee... This is frickin' awesome!

Laurel09 said...

I agree with all of the previous commenters regarding how stunning your mini is. I really like it a lot -- the color gradation is just perfect. I would really love to get your scraps from this project - I know I could incorporate them into a lovely quilt. Thanks for the chance to get them!

Patty K said...

It's wonderful! I would love to attempt a mini and having your leftover hsts would be the perfect jumpstart.

pinkbrain said...

Your mini is incredible! Thanks for the chance to win those lovely scraps!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, love the radiating colour effect and those teeny, tiny HSTs! I'd love to have a chance to play with them too, thank you :o)

Nicci P said...

Beautiful! Sure, having a bunch of premade HSTs would be heaven. Thanks for the offer!

Shelbi said...

That quilt is absolutely amazing!!! I would love to create something with those squares. I might have to case your mini quilt!

jeanne e. said...

i would love to give those HSTs a home... :)

Suzanne said...

I would love to play with your HSTs...they are a particular problem for me as I frequently make them such that I cut off their points...having nice ones would be so much fun...I'm thinking of a border to a quilt I'm making...

Leanne said...

Your quilt is stunning!

Heather said...

Your mini is beautiful! And as luck would have it, I am totally going through an 'obsessed with Kona coal' phase-- I would gladly give your HSTs a good home. :)

Meg said...

What a beautiful mini! I would LOVE to play with your leftover HSTs :)

Sarah said...

That is just stunning!! I'm a big fan of simple piecing, like HST's, put in interesting arrangements - the layout you used is awesome!

Hitch and Thread said...

This is great. I love the way you've graduated the colours. And so beautifully pieced! If the HST's dont yet have a home they would be very happy at my house.

Gill said...

Fabulous quilt!
I would love your leftover HST's

Tracey said...

Me, me, me, l would love them to play with, the colours are gorgeous.
I alao love, love, love the quilt.

everinprogress said...

I love leftovers! And don't have many scraps and such, as I'm fairly new to quilting. Would love a chance to work with these :)

Aligoggle said...

Me! Me! *jumps up and down*

I'd love to be included - but I'm not sure you'd want to post these to the UK, would you?

Tiffany said...

I have leftover HST from my quilt also, and think they would look great paired with yours! :D
Your mini is gorgeous - I love the use of color here, and the grey really makes the other colors stand out. Great job :D

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

This is stunning!!!! Love it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Love the colors, they just pop! I can give the HST's a good home. Good Luck Everyone! Rina - edrin@msn.com

Christy said...

LOVE your quilt! The colors are wonderful! I would love to take your HSTs off your hands. :)

Theresa said...

I would love your leftovers! I am completely obsessed with tiny HSTs!

AJ said...

What a great mini! I would also love the leftovers - someone here will be lucky to get them!

Sarah Correa said...

Gorgeous mini quilt! Wow! Would LOVE your leftovers too!!!

Becky said...

Yea! I've made several blocks out of my hst supernova trimmings, but nothing this spectacular! Great job!

Rubyd said...

Wow, how generous are you? I would love to see these HSTs in my mailbox..thank you for sharing...

SG said...

I love your mini quilt! And of course I would love to use your HSTs to give it a try! thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

Really love your color gradation mini quilt!!! Wouldn't mind giving some good scraps a home. :)

Lindsay Conner said...

This is a stunning mini! Love it!

Wendy said...

Beautiful! I'd be happy to give those pieces a home. Thanks!

Pomegranate Quilts said...

Gorgeous quilt! Happy to offer a loving home to your left over HSTs.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, I would love to have your left-overs! Your mini is just beautiful! I think my boring accounting office needs a face-lift, don't you?

Thanks.
Hallie
hallie.clougherty@heartcaremw.com

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Please, please, please don't give your HSTs to me!!! ;) But I had to tell you how much I love your mini :) The color gradation is my favorite part!

Ashlea Tenner said...

Beautiful Quilt!! I would love to play with the leftovers!!

Natalie said...

I love the color combinations. It would be fun to play with the HST's.

Natalie said...

I love the color combinations. It would be fun to play with the HST's.

Natalie said...

I love the color combinations. It would be fun to play with the HST's.

karen serna said...

your mini is beautiful & i would love to play with your extras! thank you!

Josée Carrier said...

I love the gradation of colors. One of my favorites in the contest. Good luck!

Deb said...

Gorgeous mini, Lee! I'll take those HST off your hands for ya!

patchworkdelights said...

STUNNING!

Danna BC said...

I could give them a great home. The Mini looks amazing, thanks for sharing.

Katarina said...

Well, if that someone can be international, I would love to play with them! :-) Your mini quilt is gorgeous!

Cherie said...

Love the mini it looks amazing!! Cant believe how many HST's you had to make for it and still ended up with some.
I would love to take the extra's off your hands. =D

Monica said...

Beautiful quilt! I already pinned it... I would love to play with those HSTs as I am new to quilting and haven't dared to venture outside of squares and rectangles yet.

quilt happy said...

i would love to give them a home

begoodbabe said...

I love your quilt and would be thrilled to give your HSTs a good home!
Thanks,
kcneiman@gmail.com

Kathy C said...

I am in the middle of an HST quilt and could work these small ones into the border. Thanks.
kcannon@anwsu.org

Lisa E said...

I would love your leftovers. Your mini quilt is great and very inspirational.

pasqueflower said...

Amazing quilt! Had to Pin it

Mom2RyandSis said...

Love your Mini :) and would like to make something with the scraps!

Stacy said...

Love that Quilt, it is soooo cute!! I would make one just like it if I won. Thank You for sharing your talent.

Kristen said...

Lee: I LOVE that mini-quilt!!!!!!!! It's beautiful. See you at the next Sew Day!

TLW said...

I know my chances are very slim after sitting here reading all the one hundred and nineteen comments..Most wanted to be included in the give away..but I was shocked that some did not want them..any sewer would be ore should be honored to have them..If its not too late, please include me into the bunch..thanks for giving them away.Its nice of you..and your mini is beautiful. tw.

Cheryl Brickey said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I love the colors. I am still a newbie to quilting so I would love the opportunity to work with your scraps and would hope tha I would do them justice.

Anonymous said...

You certainly asked the right question at the end of your post! I was quite dazzled by the innovation of using HST's in this way. I should think a lot of embers will be stirring into life again at the sight of this quilt, Coal really is an excellent choice as contrast.. it has amazing punch and is sparking my enthusiasm so a resounding Yes!! to your offer to go further with what you have started.... my mojo is certainly firing up, so thanks!!
Grace:) weftandwarp(at)hotmail(dot)com

~ Julie ~ said...

OH - MY - WORD!!! I love your quilt!!! It's so striking!!! I love the way the colors just melt together like they were made for this quilt! Seriously! And the background color is perfect to highlight what you've done with the colored triangles! Since I'm so new to quilting I've never tried anything like this, but I'd sure love to step out of my comfort zone and give it a whirl! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!!! :)

karen pior said...

Your quilt is fabulous. I would love to give those little triangles a home where they will be treated with tender loving care. Cheers, Karen

Kim said...

This is so stunning!!!! I am in love!!!!!

Lori said...

WOW your mini is stunning and eye popping,you did a fantastic job.
I would love to give these a new home. I have a great neice who would love these colors on her bed. Thank you

Jen B said...

That is just so lovely! I'd love to give the remaining HST a home. :)

Elena said...

Hope I'm not too late! Would love the extras to recreate this amazing mini! Thanks for the chance!

Lynn said...

you got my vote=nice work!

*karendianne. said...

Wow, I love this. Amazing work and stunning example of modern work. *karendianne.

Deanna said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I just finished a similar quilt. Such a nice way to give new life to "waste" triangles: http://wp.me/pTDbZ-1gc

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