Monday, September 15, 2014

Foothills Mystery - September HST - My Progress

For the September instructions for the Foothills Mystery Quilt, we had to make 144 half square triangles (HST).  

The way I make HST includes:

1.  Oversizing the starting squares by about 1/4 inch.

2.  Sewing the two squares together 1/4 inch from the diagonal line by using tape on the sewing machine to line up the pieces instead of drawing a line on each pair of squares.
3.  Trimming the HSTs using my Bloc-Loc ruler.

These three things make HSTs quicker, easier, and more fun.  You may wind up not being able to stop at only 144 :)

Below is a picture of some of my HST laid out.  I put them in a chevron pattern just for fun and to see if there was really enough contrast between the two sets of fabrics to easily see a pattern.  I can guarantee that there is nothing chevron about the actual mystery quilt.

I am looking froward to seeing everyone's progress!  Please post your pics to the Flicker group Meadow Mist Designs, and use the hashtag #FoothillsMystery on Instagram :)

Note:  The instructions for previous months can be found in the Foothills Mystery Quilt tab above.  The monthly instructions will be posted on the first Thursday of each month.

I am linking up to MOP Monday @ Tweety Loves Quilting, Anything Goes Mondays @ Stitch by Stitch, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, and Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, and Show and Tuesday @ Freshly Squeezed Fabrics.


  1. I am intrigued! The mystery quilt will not be a chevron? Hmmmm.... Can't wait to see what comes next!

  2. I really like your choice of low volume prints. They bring some extra fun to the design. I have not used them much recently. I am sad to think I may have cleared out a few of them last year from my stash, before I knew we were calling them low volume and that they would be so popular this year. I look forward to seeing how your non chevron design plays out.

  3. I absolutely love how all those prints work together!! And I like the chevron even if it's not the final design!
    I am looking forward to see the next steps of the mystery!!
    Thanks for linking up at MOP Monday ;)

  4. I am really enjoying the mystery quilt process, Cheryl! It is nice that each set of directions is for a month and not just a week, and seeing a few other color palettes through the new Instagram hashtag is great!

  5. I do like the scrappy chevron look for a baby quilt though!

  6. Looking good. It'll be fun and bright for sure ;)

  7. Lovely scrappy top. Love the cheerful colors. Look forward to see it finshed.

  8. Hmmm - I love the colors - will look forward to seeing what it becomes ;-)

  9. I really like the colors and fabrics you have going on here. Lots of happy energy!

  10. Great fabric choice....I have a bunch of HST's that need to be made into something. I think a chevron pattern would be just fine! Thank you for the inspiration.

  11. Love your fabrics & background! Keeping up, just posted HST & inspiration fabric on Flicker.


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