ISSUE 21 :: The Making Of :: WHAT'S UP :: WORTH A READ :: ROUND-UP

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Welcome! Here's a new issue of The Scrap Basket, just filled to the brim for you! If you're at all interested in what goes into the making of a newsletter like this, check out my recent post, The Making of The Scarp Basket


Considering I had my first ever judged quilt at QuiltCon this year, I was especially interested to read about the show from the judges' viewpoint, namely Cheryl Arkison in From a Judge's Perspective and Lisa Congdon in On Being Open. Here's a bit about my own experience having a quilt judged, including the judges' comments.



In this issue, we're highlighting half-rectangle triangle quilts! These are a popular variation on the half-square triangles we all know and love, and can be used in such a wide variety of layouts and fabric pairings. I've collected several favorites here, and you can find these and more in my Half-Rectangle Triangles pinboard. HRTs can be created several different ways, many of which we'll discover in this round-up.
Erica/kitchen table quilting's Half Rectangle Triangle quilt, with bright prints against a solid gray 'background.' is the perfect basic layout. She used a Bloc Loc Half Rectangle Triangle Ruler to create her HRT blocks. [ericajackman]
Stacy/[stacypoulin] created this lovely HRT quilt using contrasting prints.
This beauty was also made by Stacy/[stacypoulin], this time in solid neutrals. 
preemie quilt by Kelly/My Quilt Infatuation, though in the same layout as those shown above, gives an entirely different look with bright, saturated prints. 

If paper-piecing is your method of choice, Amy/13 Spools provides a collection of four half-rectangle triangle patterns on her blog. Her Radiance Quilt measures 48″ x 52″, and the pattern is available in the winter 2016 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine. [13spools]
Ziggity-Zag is my own creation, a collaborative effort with the Always Bee Learning bee. We used Latifah Saafir's tutorial for half-rectangle triangles, and it was during the completion of this quilt that I began to discover the breadth of layout possibilities with HRT blocks. [aquilterstable]
Twizzle from Heidi/Buttons & Butterflies has a layout I hadn't seen before! Do check out Heidi's blog post which outlines the ever useful 'What Not to Do Technique', as well as several entirely successful half-rectangle triangles tutorials. All in all, a very good resource.  
Finally, I couldn't resist sharing Rebecca/Beka's stunning Mesa quilt. Made from a pattern in Nancy Purvis' new book, Quilting from Every Angle, it has one of the most unusual (and wonderful!) uses of HRTs that I've seen. And love all that negative space surrounding them.

One last HRT ruler technique to share is demonstrated by Adrianne/Little Bluebell in a video on Instagram: half-rectangle triangles with the Tri Rec ruler. She also has a tutorial on her blog: Fast & Easy HRTs.

And as a last hurrah, check out a 
unique but enticing pieced HRT, Unnamed Block by Rita/Sunset Quilting. See? SO many options!

P.S. Besides quilts of course, I do love to try a new free tutorial! Lately I've made both The Pixie Basket by Heidi/Fabric Mutt and A Simple Little Pouch by Anita/Bloomin' Workshop. I give both a thumbs-up and I shared about them here and here.

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