I've officially taken my first steps into the world of quilting! I've watched my mom and my grandma make all sorts of pieced and quilted items, but not until the last year or so have I felt inspired to try these techniques for myself. I started with these quilted throw pillows from Handmade Style, and then I discovered Jeni Baker's book, The Half Square Triangle. I love her modern, colorful style and I knew I wanted to try a quilt on a smaller scale to get the feel of things.
Using a custom option for one of the designs in her book, I scaled the design to make a 20" by 20" wall hanging using blocks made up of 5" HST. The book includes charts and the math you need to create a HST design of whatever size you want. I used quilting cotton from Art Gallery Fabrics and chambray scraps with a linen/cotton blend for the backing. To bind the quilt, I used a video tutorial from Suzy Quilts and it worked out wonderfully.
For the actual quilting, (i.e. the decorative lines of stitching that hold the top, batting, and back together) I made squares to accentuate the diamond shapes in the design. I kind of winged the first set in the center (and they're a little wonky) but I used a ruler and marked out the sewing lines for the other sets which was WAY easier. The pieces aren't all perfectly aligned and square but I still love how this little quilt turned out. I think there may more quilts in my future! If you're interested in reading more, I highly recommend Handmade Style by Anna Graham, Half Square Triangle by Jeni Baker (both of whom are fellow Wisconsinites!) and Suzy Quilt's blog!