HST: My block of choice. Still.

I have created a quilt top using the Peacock Paisley prints I recently made with the help of my intern, Aishwarya (I miss her so, it was such a great experience). I printed a couple of yards of semisolids to go with them and sat down to consider what block I might use. I even asked my Facebook community to share what their favorite simple quilt block is. I found the answers to be intriguing and exciting, even. Especially the Snowball block. And Nine Patch.

But when it came down to it, I am not yet finished with my love of the Half Square Triangle. I like using a 8.5″ square, because I print my cloth in a 9×11″ size. I like being able to show off an expanse of the handprint, and I like being able to cluster the handprints together. And another thing? I like quick and easy, hardly-any-thinking-quilt-making. 🙂 I started cutting the fabrics over the weekend and completed the top this morning. Now, I just need to figure out what to do for the back.

I do feel some guilt in staying with my favorite block, as if I might grow and learn if I were to choose a different clock. But. No. I am still happy cutting my 8.5″ squares, pairing them with a lighter print and drawing the line corner to corner before putting them under the sewing machine needle. So, for now at least, I am sticking with this simple block. So there.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Solids and Semisolids

Having recently created a great portfolio based motifs with an Indian theme, I found myself in need of a single color all over print. These prints help support and draw out the multicolor prints, they allow the eye a resting place within a quilt block. And needless to say,  if you want to make a quilt, you need a bunch of these.The above photo shows the single color design in-progress. I ended up blacking out the entire background of this print before burning it as a Thermofax screen. Now, I seek to print many, many, single color designs.
And although I think single color prints are boring to print…. I still need many of them… So I choose to put my reservations on hold until I print enough to make some pretty quilts! I just need to get past this part. Wish me luck.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

 

A post shared by Melanie Testa (@mellytesta) on

SaveSave

SaveSave