I was trimming the Half Square Triangles yet again for the Sunshine in Winter quilt. Yes, again. No, there aren't that many HSTs. It is amazing how long something takes when you really don't want to do it. I wondered why I would ever sign up for a quilt that took so many half square triangles. I knew that I planned to cut the right size to avoid having to trim, but that wasn't enough to ignite my enthusiasm for this project. I thought about making something with these HSTs and giving up on the quilt.
Then I wondered if I was following the pattern correctly.
I studied the pictures I had for the quilt, and it looks like maybe I am making them wrong. The block on the top left corner in the picture look like they have a light and a dark square with the HSTs in the four patch. Mine have the same color square in each four patch. I studied the pattern, and yes it says to make eight at a time HSTs, and yes the same color square. I have been following the directions correctly.
I studied the blogs that led me down this rabbit hole and Sally makes her blocks completely differently. That explains why I signed on to make this project. Her method doesn't require me to make any HSTs. Hers have a dark and a light square in each block. The quilt is very similar. If you don't look at the first column of squares, the end result looks exactly the same. Sally mentioned a sashing strip, so maybe she made up for that missing column.
I will study that when the time comes. I have loose HSTs I can use for sashing if I need them.
I've finished the rest of the HSTs that were still under the needle, and started making the blocks her way. This method lends itself much better to assembly line, the fifteen minutes at a time, sewing and pressing, subcutting, marking a line and sewing again. It doesn't have the aggravating HST to make or trim. I haven't made the final block yet, so I will reserve judgement on whether I will continue on with this quilt, or just make something with the blocks I do have. [Edited, I made the two blocks I showed above since I first posted it. I will have to sew carefully to get the sharp points, but I'm not going to worry too much if all the points aren't sharp.]
I have a lot of yellow fabric and would like to make the pattern as intended (with fewer blocks to make a wall hanging instead of a bed quilt). So far, it does look like I will be able to persevere.
2020: Weeks 43 of 15 Minutes to Stitch
spent my week trimming HSTs, making the rest of the HSTs that were under the needle and making a good start of my sample blocks using the new method.