Design Wall Monday #02 – Small But Impressive

Recently, I completed two Ribbon Star blocks from a tutorial at Freshly Pieced in orange and red. When the fabric dust had settled, I found myself left with scrap right triangles from all of my fabrics. Not one to throw things out (unless you’re trashy, and if that’s the case we should have a drink first), I decided to sew all those pieces up into QSTs. That’s quarter square triangles for those not in the know–but, in this case, could easily be quite small triangles! You’ll remember my last Design Wall post had me pondering QSTs, so I thought this might be an exercise on a smaller scale that might help me resolve the other. 
I sewed the white triangles to the coloured triangles, pressed flat (seems to the side!) and then went to the Design Wall. It was like a Mensa brain teaser, and I made sure to take photos of each iteration so I could come back to it when needed. 
I just used my camera phone, but this let me see it through a different set of eyes. I can’t recommend this enough. What you see in person is often influenced by the surroundings, and your own ego. Yes, you do have one! Seeing a photo of it really shows you what colours and placement are working, and how others would view it without the influence of said ego. With technology so easy to use, why not use it?
Here’s the photographic record of the eleven different designs I went through before embracing the last one. Thankfully, I made it to number eleven as it is by far my favourite. To think I almost stopped at number one, stupid is as stupid does.

Once I had settled on the above layout, I went to work completing my QSTs, and then squaring them up to two inch squares. I tried to really take my time on the piecing and seam matching as I didn’t want all this time spent to be in vain, and wind up with dodgy points. I ended up pressing some seams open to reduce bulk, as there’s a whole lot of seams happening on the back side of this block.

As you see the block settled in nicely at six and a half inches. For once, that size does impress me.
Throwin’ some sparkle love out to Stitch by Stitch’s Anything Goes and Plum and June’s Let’s Get Acquainted linky parties. This week Let’s Get Acquainted is being hosted by Simply Miss Luella. Two options to find your quilting soul mate. Now scram!

Stitch by Stitch   Plum and June

12 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    Wow that is some teeny tiny piecing! I love your final layout!

  2. Sooli says:

    I have some teeny tiny HSTs put to one side which will find a purpose sometime too. I can't bear to throw bits and pieces away either!

  3. Erin Quinn says:

    I love the layout. That little pinwheel is super cute!
    Found you thru Lets Get Acquainted.
    E xx

  4. Love this! HSTs are a pain to make sometimes, but I always love the way they look!

  5. So those are Quite Small Triangles for sure and you found s great design by the end. I tend to press my seams open on these too but it takes so much time.

  6. vexa says:

    This is beyond my reach. I'm just not patient enough and too lazy to give a try. Well done.

  7. Anna says:

    They are so pretty! Love the layout you decided on!

  8. Deborah says:

    Fabulous colors!! I love a good HST too! Thanks for linking up!

  9. Katy Cameron says:

    You are a far better (wo)man than I tackling things that tiny, I felt my shoulder up round my ears just thinking about it! They do look fab though

  10. Janine says:

    Wonderful! I love the layout you chose and I'm amazed at how tiny those pieces are 🙂

  11. Yes, you are absolutely right. Pinwheels it is. Lovely.

  12. Sarah_L_N says:

    *giggles childishly*
    Love the block, I am in awe at how precise your piecing is with all those tiny triangles!

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