Need help with larger image fabrics....

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
November 18, 2012 5:19pm CST
I want to make a christmas quilt and was looking at fabric today. I like using the small squares (3," finished) size and making item blocks (like a block that is a star or a pinwheel etc) out of HST's. But in looking at the fabric...the "image" print is all to big for that. If I ut a 3,1/2 sq out of it to make a HST...the image I am trying to capture would be deminished. For example...there was one with some cute santa's on it...they measured probably 3 inches sq....I couldn't use that to make a HST....the image of the santa would be cut off. Unless I cut a very large square to capture the design, I couldn't use that print. And even at that...It probably wouldn't look good as a HST, simply because it is so large. So what can you do with this larger image fabric and still have the "quilt" look to it? "quilt" look meaning the squares and designs made out of the squares. I know they would work as sashes, but I was designing a quilt with square of christmasy items...like the little santas or reindeer or holly..in a HST with a solid opposite side. I know I can make this pattern the center of a block like a Northern Star and have the solids be the points...but so many of the quilts I make are that same pattern, I was hoping for something different. Any suggestions?
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 Nov 12
Its been a long time since a made a quilt and I have never resized one....I hope you get a chance to figure it out! What is a HST?
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Nov 12
http://www.thatgirlthatquilt.com/2011/11/half-square-triangles-3-ways.html HST is half square triangle. Where the square is in half with two different colors..making 2 triangles in the square. THe above link is to a site that has 3 ways of making them. I don't know why the one to Missouri Star Quilt Co in the discussion above didn't work, but try this one. I prefer to make them by cutting 2 squares same size...lay them right sides together and draw a line diagonal corner to corner. Then you sew 1/4 inch from each side of the line, cut the line and open the pieces and press...you have a square..with 2 triangles in it or a square, "cut" in half, forming triangles! I am rather addicted to them...quick and easy and the sky is the limit on what designs you can do..just like a puzzle...move them around until they fit the design you want!
• United States
19 Nov 12
I also do a lot of quilting but do not know what HST is?? Three inch squares are tiny!! Could you make them larger and then add triangle to the sides to make stars? Then on each star stash that with more fabric and the quilt would grow more quickly. I like making stars and I try to vary them with lots of different fabrics and colors.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
19 Nov 12
Making the Northern Star is a favorite block of mine. Also making Flying Geese to make a differnet style of star. I made the 9 patch last night with the fussy cut center of the santa but the same size squares made it look to small. I prefer 3,1/2 inche squares (finished they are 3") small enough for the point of quilting but big enough to make something of them. I am thinking I might make Northern Star block with the fussy cut santa in the middle and red/green points to the star, with a white or cream background. HST is half square triangles...http://www.psiquilt.com/2010/02/half-square-triangle-tutorial.html I am addicted to these as there is so many things you can do with them. LIterally, just rearranging them, using different colors the patterns are endless! It is also a great way to use up scraps. I dont' go smaller than a 3,1/2 inch square. I am currently cutting 2 inchers out of scraps..just can't bare to toss the smaller pieces! But I am intending to make a "postage stamp quilt" once I have enough 2 inch squares collect..and that will be alot! You just sew them all together and which makes the quilt nothing but 1,1/2 inch squares. NOt exactly looking forward to it, but hoping htat by the time I get enough to do it...I'll be more talented at quilting and it won't be such a chore! Like this one.... http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2012/04/postage-stamp-quilt-tutorial.html This is one of my favorite sites..she is so inspiring and her quilts are amazing!
@cotruelove (1038)
• Denver, Colorado
19 Nov 12
Hello my friend! Yep, I've been quilting again. But I will take a minute to discuss this. First, I have no idea what an HST is. However, I use irregular squares for the center of quilts at times... like in the Halloween mini-quilts, and surround them with traditional blocks. You can make one big block that is the size of say 4 of the small ones in a 4 patch design, or set the large one in the middle and surround it with traditional squares. Then the question is quilting around the design. That makes it a pretty simple solution. You can also make the design any size with the larger image and surround it with say log cabin strips. Get creative, and let it flow! You might want to check on craftsy and see what they have and on American Quilt Societies site. Just a few choices.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
19 Nov 12
HST is "half square triangle" that I am currently kind of additcted to as the options are endless as to what design you can make with them. It is where you sew two different color squares together, cut them in half and you have 2 squares with 2 different color "triangles" on it! http://www.psiquilt.com/2010/02/half-square-triangle-tutorial.html Just rotating or rearranging these little guys give you so many amazing patterns! You should try it! Probably every quilt I have done has them in there somewhere! I also make "double HST's" where you make them and the put two HST's together, and do the same sewing/cutting thing and get what I call a "double HST" or other call it an "hourglass". I cut last night so "fussy cut" of the main santa in the pattern to make that the middle of my 9-patch, but the surrounding patches make the center look so small, even tho they are the same size. So I think if I make HST's to surround it, not only gives more color but breaks the border up enough to make it appear not so large.
• United States
19 Nov 12
Well you can enlarge the blocks to fit the scale of the fabric and still have that traditional look you like. Or you can fussy cut the fabric to have say one main Santa in the middle. For a little twist have you tried doing a snowflake or or kaleidoscope quilt. I do this with scraps when I make sheets or other projects with big patterns. The link below shows one made with a triangle but I have a thing for stars and have been working on one using diamonds. http://sheilareinke.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/kaleidoscope-quilt-blocks/
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
19 Nov 12
I did fussy cut the santa for the center of a 9-patch. But the outer squares, made the center look so small. I used 3,1/2" squares. I think I will make the outer squares HST's and that will make them look smaller as well as adding more color..that was another issue I had...nothing but solid large squares of red and green and white! But a HST of two colors might help the appearance. I am going to work on that today.
@Morleyhunt (21011)
• Canada
20 Dec 15
By now this quilt is long made. I will use the larger print as a 'filler' square, between pieced squares to show off the print.