Sunday, June 26, 2022

Blue/greens Batik HSTS

     Oh boy, is this is an oldie WIP. I pulled it out of the bag to web and remembered that recently I found leftover HSTs from this layout and it wasn't enough to make another decent sized quilt. I dug those out and added them to the webbed, sewn top. I was able to add a top row, two bottom rows and two side columns. This made it a large sized comfort quilt (72" x 84"). I used to make comfort quilts under 70"  long. Yes, it takes less fabric and time, but really, a comfort quilt to really wrap up in, I found needs to be over 72" long. I made the decision to make my comfort quilts a generous size due to the purpose of a comfort quilt.
    I still remember when I was in the hospital for my heart attack having no blankets in winter and someone gave me a comfort quilt just under 60" long. I vowed if I survived, I would make generous sized quilts regardless of backing requirements.
    The HSTs were made sewing a batik to a white on all four edges and cutting diagonally twice. I trimmed every HST using the perfect slotted ruler so only 2 sides had to be trimmed.

Original layout design

The improved size using the whole layer cake of HSTs


Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

That was great to have more pieces to add to your quilt top.

I try to make my throw quilts close to 80" long but sometimes the math works out closer to 72". 60" is too short for even me at 5' 1-1/2". If I want the quilt up to my neck I can't have the quilt wrapped under my feet. I like to have a few shorter quilts available too. The person I co-ordinate with can usually tell me the size that will work best.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Lovely! I agree - comfort quilts should be a generous size - ;))

Cathy said...

I love that block. I know it as Depression Block but it always seems anything but depressing. I know it was probably named during the Depression era or something like that but anyway I love it because it makes a secondary pattern.

I try to aim for 60 x 80 for comfort quilts for adults and 40 x 60 for kids.

Vicki W said...

That is so pretty!

Mystic Quilter said...

That was lucky to find the extra pieces to make it a good size quilt.
Nice colour, reminds me of the sea.

Anonymous said...

Wow nothing like personal experience to inform your comfort quilt making! When a friend was in hospice the AC kept it so chilly - there was a heated blanket thing right across the hall from her and I was getting her a heated blanket every hour.....I could have used one myself! I wasn't aware of comfort quilts at the time, but one would have been a good addition.