The "Winter Blues" Blog Hop – Friday is My Share Day

Have you been following the inspiration this week as Carla Henton of Creatin’ in the Sticks hosts the “WINTER BLUES BLOG HOP”. With multiple blog hosts featured each day, there is an abundance of blue quilt and sewing projects.

Are you new the the blog hop?

No worries. This week – Monday, January 20, thru Friday, January 24 – bloggers have been sharing their sewing inspiration featuring the color blue. Each day specific blog hosts will feature an item(s) on their blog and/or Instagram page. Some share news of a project and others share a tutorial. Some may even have GIVEAWAYS! Grab a pad of paper and a pencil to make note of all the great projects to add to your wish list, then click on the blog links shared in Monday’s post.

Now to share about my blue creation . . .

Pictured above is the TRANQUIL TRIANGLES QUILT I made in 2019. I admired the free video tutorial and downloadable PDF quilt featured by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Don’t you enjoy the enthusiasm of Jenny Doan? What a wonderful resource of how-to YouTube videos.

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Determined to use my fabric, I pulled the various aqua or teal fabrics shown. While I tend to lean towards royal and navy blues, I am trying to push myself into new color zones.

Copyright 2020 Crystal Drummond dba DayBrook Designs.  All Rights Reserved.

My go-to method for half-square triangles is the 4-at-a-time. With this approach, you simply stack two fabrics right-sides together. In this case, I have a background (beige) and an aqua. Then, sew around all four edges. Set your seams by pressing with an iron. Make two cuts diagonally. Just think “X marks the spot”. The result is 4 HSTs.

As with any sewing project, pressing seams makes for a more accurate project. I always sew HSTs a bit larger than needed to allow space for trimming. While I am a confident quilter, sometimes my seam allowance can be a bit off.

At first glance, the quilt pattern appeared a bit confusing. But when broken down into sections, it was quite simple. The diamond effect is created by four nine-patch blocks. The challenge was to layout my fabrics so the same fabric did not touch.

I truly enjoy working with HSTs. They are quick to sew, easy to trim, and versatile. Now, time to put this beauty on the longarm. It is our new master bedroom quilt.

Wishing you great joy as you create!

Thank You for joining us for the Winter Blues Blog Hop!

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58 thoughts on “The "Winter Blues" Blog Hop – Friday is My Share Day

  1. Good Morning! It’s the last day of the hop – boohoo. It has really been a fun one, with loads of inspiration and new friends to meet. I’m happy to say I started following you so I won’t miss any of your upcoming posts. I just adore working with HSTs, too. They have to be the most versatile block ever just based on the number of unique designs you can make with a stack of them. Oh, the fabrics you chose for this quilt! Gorgeous. Happily, I’ll be around when you share how you quilted it. I’m waiting to hear because I have one in a similar pattern to quilt myself. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thank you Rosanne. I appreciate your encouragement. We have a stack of about 15 quilts left for the longarm – yet I dsire to sew another before quilting. Love a fresh project nut must finish what I have started.


  2. Your turquoise quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors and the design, which totally chases away the Winter Blues. Jenny Doan is such a great teacher and offers so much inspiration. I’ve sewn several of her quilts and have loved them all. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I love this quilt. The background lends a crispness to the teals. Teal is my favorite blue shade for sure. This one will be a beautiful finish. Thank you for joining the Winter Blues Blog Hop and for the great post!

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  4. There are all kinds of blues at your house…and the ones that make us all smile. This is absolutely stunning! I l love that it was Missouri Star video and download. Jenny really does know how to break things down and make them easy for everyone to do. She is a fireball. I was at one of her trunk shows last fall, and we all left thinking we could take on the world. You sure showed us you did!

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