Saturday, April 21, 2012

Festival of Half Square Triangles



It's about time I showed off my quilted Dancing in Your Head quilt. 


I finished quilting it in the early part of the year but hadn't gotten around to sharing it. What better excuse than the  The Festival of the Half Square Triangle. linky party hosted at Canoe Ridge Creations.

The whole quilt is made up of 8 and 4 inch HST's. lots and lots of them!

I randomly placed them on the design wall and went from there, turning enough squares to keep it random but keeping just a hint of a pattern showing through. I see it almost as a sampler of what the HST can do. The more you look the more you see Flying Geese, Pinwheels, Value Squares, Envelopes and all sorts of things


The fabrics are Erin McMorris's Summersault range combined with 5 different hot pink solids. Hot pink was the obvious choice to set off these fun summery fabrics. I wanted to have a mix of solids just to create a subtle movement with the colour. It was also a great chance to try out different maufacturers solid fabrics. 

For the backing I used up some fabrics that had been lurking in my stash for a long time... I'm so glad they finally found their rightful project. I love catching glimpses of these beautiful blues when I'm swishing my quilt around or snuggling in it. 

As for the name "Dancing in your Head" , well, this quilt makes me think of a piece of music with that title by saxophonist Ornette Coleman. It just suits it, with all those triangles dancing around all over the quilt.


Three cheers for the lovely people involved with the Festival of Half Square Triangles!! Truly a block worth celebrating!! Where would we be as quilters with them. You just have to look at the linky party to see the variety of patterns they create.. that's a hint to pop over and check them out!! :)

27 comments:

Leanne said...

Hi Racheal, what a great quilt. I can see why you named it Dancing in Your Head...I went a little cross-eyed looking at it. hehe

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, another beautiful HS triangle quilt! It's stunning, Rachael! And I LOVE the pink! Good luck with being selected for the finals!

Heather said...

Great quilt and I love your backing choice. I really need to pay more attention to my backside. (and not just the quilty kind LOL)

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, loving all the bright colours, it looks fab!

Melissa P said...

It's beautiful! All that contrast is great. And the use of different solids keeps it from looking too flat. Great job!

beth said...

WOW! It's gorgeous!

Donna~~ said...

Very fun--love the bright colors and movement! AND LOVE the backing--such pretty colors! (reminds me of your blog border which I love too!)

regan said...

I love this quilt! Hot pink was so perfect for it! And thanks for the link....I'm heading over there now!

Sasha said...

I love your quilt Rachael!!! The colors are gorgeous! I really like the hot pink solid with those prints!! I'm going to check out the link now =D

DianeY said...

It's gorgeous!!! And so unique! Really love the combination of sizes-not to mention the spectacular colors!

Quiltbenaco said...

E' bellissimo questo quilt!
Ti ho subito rubato l'idea e abbiamo deciso di partecipare anche noi!
Grazie
Ciao

Sew Surprising said...

Just wow, colours are stunning, your one creative lady :)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Rachael this is sooooo stunning....lovely hot pink colours....everything about it...I love it!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Oh my gosh this turned out SO amazing!! Love it :)

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Totally Gorgeous Rachael!!! I love the blue on the back too. What a quilt! I'm popping over to check out the rest, thanks for the link :-)

Robin Fonville said...

Oh I just LOVE this quilt! I love everything about it! You did a fabulous job!

Marg said...

I love this quilt too, the colours are so bright and cheerful. The variations in the layouts of the HST's, it's fantastic!
I like the way you have used various pinks instead of just one, great idea.

Karen said...

Rachael you have done a brilliant job with your half sqaure triangles. The quilt has so much movement and colour. The hot pink works a treat.

SameliasMum said...

Hot pink HSTs = YUM!!!
Love your quilt.

Karen said...

This is a truly stunning quilt. The fabrics and colours are gorgeous - so vibrant and exciting.
Great use of all the HSTs.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful quilt.

Shay said...

WOW! Look at all those HST's popping all over that quilt. Great job Rachael!

Stacey said...

Just lovely....of course the hot pink is divine :)

Kirsten N said...

This is amazing Rachael - love all of the different HST designs sand the hot pink is gorgeous!

leanne said...

great quilt and great name for it - love the pink - aren't half square triangles the best :)

Deb R - frog cottage said...

What a beautiful quilt, congrats tis gorgeous :)

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Wow! This is just beautiful Rachael!! I love how you've used different shades of hot pink too - what a great idea

Nifty Quilts said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Love it!

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