Finished Quilts This Week: HST and Improv

I finished two small quilts this week, hooray! My quilts tend to get stuck in a holding pattern after the top is pieced, so it always feels good to completely finish a project.

Ombre HST Wall Quilt

First up, I finished my half square triangle mini quilt made with ombre fabrics. For the quilting I used two shades of gray thread echoing the overall arrow shape. For the binding I used some turquoise binding that I had left over from a previous project. This is a wall quilt so no one will see the backing, right? I used a kinda, sorta color-related print from my stash. Zoo animals anyone? See my earlier post Accurate Half Square Triangles From Strips for a tutorial on how to cut the triangles from jelly roll strips of the ombre fabric.

Gray Scale Improv Wall Quilt

The second finish is one of the quilts that I showed in progress in an earlier post Playing With Artful Improv Quilts. The color scheme is shades of gray with just a touch of lavender. I used a grid of straight lines for the quilting and varied the width over the curves panel for a bit more textural interest. I do love a straight line! The quilting thread is 50 wt Aurifil Silver Moon, which is variegated but with a subtle effect. I used ombre strips for the binding and I think the lighter portions gleaming on the sides turned out kind of cool. The ombre strips were from the the same jelly roll that I used for the half square triangle quilt. I love the serendipity of using what just happens to be hanging around on the sewing table. I'm definitely going to make more improv projects! Cheers, Sandy