Scrappy Half Square Triangles Quilt with Negative Space

Earlier this week I talked about how this project got started.  So let’s dig into how the final product came to be.


In my retreat bag I stuffed a number of projects and a few Kona solids.  You can’t go wrong with white and shades of gray.  I had some gray scraps that I wanted to use up.  Once the blocks were made I knew it needed a bit of a border.  This quilt was a bit of the inspiration.

amy butler cameo tiny scrap quilt by quiltytherapy

This is what I ended up with once I added some gray and white borders to the blocks.  Then I used that lovely Kona Capri to surround the blocks.  I know, it’s a little out of my comfort zone for a background.

I pieced the backing and binding as well at the retreat.  Quilting wasn’t really on my agenda for that weekend.  So, I wrapped it up on an empty bolt I had.  Genius idea to reuse those bolts. Easy to store my projects and I can have everything for the project together.


When it came time to quilt, I went with simple free motion loops.  It was a nice contrast to the triangles and squares.

I love the colors on the back of this quilt.  However, the fabric did not want to cooperate when it came time to baste.  Look at how crooked that is?  UGH.  We will call this a design element.

The quilt is straight, but with that crooked backing it looks lopsided.

Overall it’s bright and fun.  It’s out of my comfort zone but it’s a finished quilt.  This is more of a throw sized quilt so I’m not really counting it in my baby quilt goal.  It measures 53″ x 54″.  Thoughts?

The quilt is currently for sale in my Etsy shop.  You can find some other great quilts looking for new homes over there as well.

So glad I cleaned out the sewing room and found these just sitting there.  It was a great project to just play with and create.  The entire project is scraps and stash fabrics.  Win win.

This is baby quilt 7/40 for my yearlong goal.

The 100 Day Project Days 11-15

The 100 Day project

Welcome back.  We have made it through the first 10 days of the 100 Day Project.  It’s been nice to comment on something positive everyday.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in negativity online.  This is a growth exercise for me.  Life, stress, and challenges still happen to me everyday.  I’m choosing to focus on positivity and grace to help make a better impact.

Day 11 – April 13th, 2018

Friday the 13th is supposed to be spooky.  Instead I took the opportunity to get outside for a bit.  The weather was still nice.  I was aiming for 5-7 miles.  My body had other thoughts and really didn’t want to cooperate.  Still being able to get out and run three miles is good.

Day 12 – April 14th, 2018

It was a done of quilting fun with members of the IMQG.  We drove over to Ohio to see a Charlie Harper quilt exhibit.  It was nice to support other quilters and their work.  River City Quilt Guild licenses Charlie Harper’s work to be able to create these wonderful quilts.

Day 13 – April 15th, 2018

Today was IMQG meeting day.  As I’ve noted before these people get me and are truly amazing.  After meetings I’m inspired to come home and create.  We had a massive scrap swap and I found a few things that came home with me.

scrap swap at IMQG

Day 14 – April 16th, 2018

Did you watch the Boston Marathon?  I watched Des Linden take the lead and not look back.  Her determination was inspiring.  She passed others and sustained her lead with some of the worst conditions the marathon had ever seen.  Not only that, she is the first American woman in over 30 years to win.


Day 15 – April 17th, 2018

Today someone shared this video.  It reminded me of my grandma.  That may sound odd, but I will explain later.


Scraps from a cleaning day – quilt inspiration

Cleaning the sewing room can unearth from great finds.  Maybe it’s that lost fabric or a project that you have stuffed away.  Well, while I was cleaning my sewing room in February I found some gems.

My tall table housed a number of projects I had forgotten.  I took the discarded half square triangles from this project and threw them into a baggy.  Apparently I had pulled out the yellow, orange, green, and aqua ones for a quilt that did not happen.  Well, I decided to change that.

found gems in sewing room, sewing scraps

I decided to make 16 patch blocks with the left over half square triangles.  Within the blocks I didn’t want a repeat of color in the row or column.  Each block was laid out before piecing to ensure I could do it.  The blocks were tiny once finished.

found gems in sewing room, sewing scraps

What do to next?

It needed something more to become a quilt.  There were enough blocks to put four of the blocks together to be one larger block.  The effort was made to not have same prints or colors side by side.  There’s one it’s not right, but it’s not an issue.  Design element right?

I took these blocks to the quilt retreat, not sure the entire layout or design.  I grabbed some Kona Capri solid I had in the back room just in case I could use it.  It’s bright and could add an interesting color to this quilt.  Why not?

Check back later this week to see the rest of the process.  I’m curious to know your answer to the question below.

What have you found while cleaning out your sewing space?

The 100 Day Project Days 6-10

The 100 Day project

Welcome back.  Great response from readers on the Days 1-5.  It’s hard to stick with a project for 100 days, but this is manageable for me.  Visit days 1-5 here.

Day 6 – April 8th, 2018

Today I’m grateful my parents live close by.  We woke up to the house feeling cold.  Our furnace was running, but no heat was coming out.  Normally this wouldn’t be a huge issue in April, but the forecast was calling for snow and cold temps this week.  We packed the dogs, the kid was already there, and stayed with my parents.

We made dinner for them and I introduced my husband to the other ice cream place in town.  Still waking for his thoughts on which is best.

Day 7 – April 9th, 2018

We have wonderful friends.  A number of people offered their homes to my family since our furnace isn’t fixed.  It’s gonna be a few days.  We are okay with a couple of space heaters.  Rob and I have offices we can retreat to during the day.  P has school.  Our fur babies will be stuck here, but they sleep all day anyway.

It’s a great thing I’m a quilter.  We had a few just laying around for situations like this.  Pretty sure the cold was getting to me today.  This situation isn’t fun so we are making the best of it.

Day 8 – April 10th, 2018

Thanks for sticking with me through the furnace debacle.  It was ridiculous but our furnace is ANCIENT!  We know the time is coming to replace it.  Luckily, the tech was able to get back to us last night.  Rather than go home and spend time with his family, he chose to call us and get the job done.  Thank you kind sir for taking that time for us.

Day 9 – April 11th, 2018

Swings n slides.  Who can’t help but see the positivity in getting outside and playing?  Also, when did my kid become a teenager with his moods?  He looks so serious here.

100 days project days 6-10


Day 10 – April 12th, 2018

Yoga, lunch outside, windows down on the way home, kind singing in the backseat and nice weather.  It’s hard to pick one of those that truly stands out for the day.  However something amazing is happening in my neighborhood.  There is a road that has been riddled with potholes and has deteriorated with our crazy winter.  The moon’s surface may have been smoother than that road.  That is not an exaggeration.


Yes, that’s a shout.  I’m over here doing a happy dance about it.


The 100 Day Project Days 1-5

The 100 Day project

The 100 Day Project Days 1-5

On Instagram I started noticing the #the100dayproject floating around.  It got me thinking about what I could do for 100 days straight.  I don’t need a prompt to sew or add anything else creative.

Find out more about the project here.

Rather than post 100 days on Instagram, I want to write about grace and positivity.  Over the next 100 days I’m going to keep a journal/log on my blog.  There is grace and positive actions happening everyday around us.  I want to share my experiences.

Day 1 – April 3rd, 2018

Tonight at boxing, the teacher noted I was punching hard.  Me?  Punch hard?  I’ve gained strength and technique, so yeah, my punches have gotten harder.  It felt great to hear since I love this class.  Plus, this picture is pretty amazing.  This is before class while the lights were still out and the room was empty.  The ball was just sitting there perfectly.

boxing class, gym, #the100dayproject

Day 2 – April 4th, 2018

While scrolling through Instagram today I stumbled upon this post.  My immediate reaction is we need more of this.  Cheering on my friends and those that I may not know only helps.  Being a negative Nancy and trying to tear them down does not.  So root for someone today, I will be rooting for you!

I got you!

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Day 3 – April 5th, 2018

Today I started something new that I have been contemplating for some time.  I got serious about my yoga practice.  8:30 a.m. was my first class in a studio that wasn’t an event, etc.  While the class was challenging, it was refreshing too.  Trust me I fell more than I want to admit in class.  I’m challenging myself to go as much as possible.

Day 4 – April 6th, 2018

We got free tickets to opening day of the Indianapolis Indians.  Someone is a swap group I’m in posted last minute.  We had been on the fence about going because of the weather.  Free made it more enticing.  During the game it was like sitting in snowglobe.  The snow was just sprinkling around us.  It was cold and beautiful at the same time.

Also, whoever let Elsa loose in Indiana can come collect her at any time.  It’s cold and snowy here.  It should be in the 40’s-50’s with sun.  Oh Anna, please save us.

Day 5 – April 7th, 2018

Celebrating a friend’s birthday.  Dinner, laughing, and finally cake!  Well not only cake but a whole dessert spread.  You guys, that cake was amazingly rich.  However those macaroons were delish and some came home with me.

I wish we could celebrate everyday like birthdays.  Instead let’s treasure those little moments.

Stay tuned for upcoming days.  While I was going to do this in bigger chunks of days I think it’s better to share in smaller bits.  Maybe it will inspire something positive in your day.



Range Quilt – Swiss Mountains

Range Quilt - Swiss Mountains

Getting an email about creating a baby quilt is exciting and nerve wracking.  Will my design meet their vision?  Oh, man I hope  they like it.  Sometimes it just comes together.  Range Quilt – Swiss Mountains does just that.

A recipient of my quilts emailed to ask for a custom creation for a family member.  Sure.  Tell me more about them.  She went on to describe the couple as outdoor lovers and noted they got married in the Swiss Mountains.  As we chatted through email I was envisioning a quilt that I had admired before.  Range Quilt by Modern Handcraft.

Range Quilt PDF Pattern

Well she loved it and we added a custom touch.  The Swiss flag on the back.  Perfection.  Thanks to Fabric Shack for having all of the Kona colors in stock.  They had super fast shipping as well.

To make a baby sized quilt, I shrunk the pattern down 75%.  It worked great.  I was so nervous to cut into the fabric and make this since I was altering the pattern.

Quilt top

Range Quilt - Swiss Mountains

I was able to snap this photo during a recent snowstorm.  We have had so much snow and rain that it’s made it hard to get good photos.

Tip on this quilt is to use starch since the pattern has a number of seams.  Overall the pattern comes together quickly and is written well.

The Finished Product

Range Quilt - Swiss Mountains

For quilting I wanted to highlight the movement within the pattern.  I used coordinating thread colors and straight line quilted the design.  This was quite the shoulder workout.  Ha!  Completely worth the extra effort.

Range Quilt - Swiss Mountains

I took a risk with the white binding but couldn’t think of what would go with the rest of the quilt.  It’s a great frame.  Check out the back with the Swiss flag.

Range Quilt - Swiss Mountains

I hope this baby gets lots of snuggles on the quilt.

Range Quilt - Swiss Mountains


This is baby quilt 6/40 with my goal for 2018.