Half Rectangles (HRT): the Ultimate Solution!!!
In the big scheme of things, I didn't start quilting all that long ago. It was 2001 as a matter of fact. Which to new quilters may seem like a long time, but when I read about people who have been quilting for several decades, I am humbled by the short amount of experience I truly have.
Why does the length of time matter? Because I wonder what these quilters did with all of their scraps!
It occurred to me the other day that there are several methods of creating half square triangles and we all have our favorites. And- each one has its place depending on what we are making.
Somehow or another I ended up with a small but ever growing collection of pincushions. It all started with the round dome green one on the far left. My son bought it for me as a gift from a high school chorus trip he took to England. Who says teenage boys can't be thoughtful? The round is from the Britex fabric store in San Francisco. It is made out of silk. And the dog is from a trip I took a couple of years ago- it is made from an old feedsack.
Anyway- its not like these are pincushion one would use. For one, they are too pretty and two, it would never be around when I needed a pin or a place to park my needle. My favorite, useful, never to be lost pincushion is one I wear on my finger. I have even worn this pin cushion while at the sewing machine and it doesn't seem to get in the way at all.
I thought i would show you how I made it.
Its finally done! Way back in 2015- (OK- it was summer) I pin basted my table runner. And then it sat. Does this happen to you?
Have you ever used glue instead of pins? I was lucky enough to be able to attend a taping of The Quilt Show when Sharon Schamber was a guest. One of the unique qualities about Sharon is that she was a seamstress/ fashion designer before she became a quilter. Why does this matter? because quilters who have a background in fashion sewing know how to make fabric behave in a way that quilters typically do not. And they use different tools than we do and glue is one of them.