It's been slow going on this project. Too many little squares and so much preparation just to get pretty little HSTs. I am super enjoying the process though, which is a big improvement. I typically just like to get to the part where I hold it up for the hubby and say "look what I did!". I'm learning to appreciate each step (even ironing). I finished sewing the white blocks to the patterned blocks. I then spent an afternoon perfectly cutting those squares in to four triangles, like a PB&J sandwich for a kid. See how many triangles I ended up with?!
After seeing how many little triangles I now had to iron open I took a break and went for a moped ride up to Ballard with the hubby for dinner at Ocho. Think delicious tapas. Yum... tapas. Upon my return I set up station at the ironing board and began opening up my little creations.
I think they look great! I love all the colors and variety of the prints. But now comes the hard part and I am completely undecided. What do I do with all these adorable little HSTs?! I need some help deciding.
Here are some options of what I'm thinking:
Option#1: Total Symmetry
This option is super appealing to me because I LOVE symmetry. Especially built out of so many colors. I'd most likely do a color mash-up. Mixing and matching the patterned triangles but having everything point the same direction and line up row for row, column for column. I think it would lend itself well to the patterns and be more fabric focused.
Option #2: Zig-zag
I ADORE this option. I could even break up the zigzags into color coded zigzags. So one zig-zag would be blue, one green, one red, and line them up rainbow order. I like that idea a lot, but I feel like it takes away from the HST look. But it's so cool!
Option #3: Trailing HSTs
This idea may not look much different from Option #1 and it's hard to get the message across with just the squares I laid out, but I'll try. This would be similar to #1 except that I would trail in the HSTs from one corner to the other. I'd start with 1, then 2, then 3 and I'd keep them in color order. So that first HST would be white and I would trail the quilt diagonally increasing in color order. I think this would lend itself to the HST camp while moving your eye from light to dark in color, not necessarily in value.
(le sigh). I just don't know which one to pick!! I would like to start piecing it this weekend but what to do?! I asked the hubby. He looked at me with terror on his face and said, "that's like me asking you which size jet to use in my carburetor". Point taken.