I have a plethora of bonus half square triangles from several projects I have made in the past 2 years. Bonus half squares are made when you sew a second seam to a square you are adding to a rectangle to make a triangle be on the corner of the rectangle. Clear as mud I know. But when the thought of making tiny half squares for a project seems overwhelming, it is a wonder to get them as a bonus when you take the time to sew the extra seam! I learned this trick from a class I took from Bonnie Hunter years ago. She has lots of tips and tricks on her web site that make so much sense. Waste not want not is probably her mantra.
|Stars over Challotte|
I made a quilt last year from one of Bonnie’s books called Stars over Challotte. It used up a huge number of bonus half squares and then of course I made a few more quilts that netted me many more bonus half squares. My little box of them is overflowing and I wanted to come up with something for using them up.
|9 patch stars|
I decided to make a little 6” star with a 9 patch in the center. The 9 patch is surrounded by half square triangles that make star points. I had lots of blue and brown and green and brown half squares so I made my little stars have brown points.
When I drafted my original pattern I needed somewhere in the vicinity of 72 stars. I decided the stars would be pretty busy so I went back to the drawing board and made my pattern have a second block that would create the look of chains between the stars.
|Yuck, back choice.|
I liked the little tan and blue 9 patches that created the center of the star and decided to make the chain blocks from four red and tan 9 patch blocks. I made four of them and sewed them together but there was now too much red to go with the blue and green so I went back to the drawing board.
|make lots of sets and sub cut all at once. saves time!|
My EQ7 program really got a work out this morning as I refigured the layout of the quilt. I settled on making the chain blocks from red and cream 4 patches. I will set 5 of them into a 9 patch using cream squares to separate them, and the chain will still be red but not so overpowering.
Even with all the stars I barely made a dent in the half square bonus box. I am not even making a noticeable dent in my red and cream bags of strips as I create the four patch blocks.
|red and cream bags of 1 1/2" strips|
I still need to round up the cream background to make squares to set the red and cream four patches together, but I have a handle on what I want to do now.
|How I remember things (grin)|
The little cutie red and cream squares are being worked up in sets of 10. I need 250 units to make up 50 blocks my pattern requires. I have 40 units done.