Friday, March 02, 2007

HeartString variations

There's been some discussion on the HeartStrings group about the string blocks being too busy or even *ugly* when set together. Patti suggested pairing up a HeartStrings block with a solid background to create a Half Square Triangle block - similar to my Half Square Strings but having the strings run perpendicular not parallel. Rita suggested that an EQ drawing might help so I played about a bit.




I didn't particularly care for the first version but did like the *X* version better. I decided to throw in an Hourglass version too similiar to my Hourglass Strings. I also think sashing these blocks is also a way to calm things down for those that find them too busy.

Keep in mind that I LIKE the blocks set straight and don't find them too busy but I do like seeing lots of variations of the same quilt and I want people to like the quilts they're making. I've enjoyed the discussion that this has generated on the list.





A couple links showing how to make the half square triangle blocks


Quick and Easy Half Square Triangle units


Half Square Triange Tutorial (also shows how to make the hourglass blocks)

5 comments:

Patti said...

Wouldn't you know it - I like the first version the best LOL! Different strokes for different folks. I hope to get back to stitching on my string blocks this weekend. My hour glass project is at a good stopping place.

Linda_J said...

I have done the center version with a half step drop in the middle. It is called Kitchen Sink arranged that way.

Maybe I should put up a picture in the file section?

Prairie Princess said...

I like string quilts anyway. I really like that first one. Think I need to play with EQ...

Helen in the UK said...

Great variety of designs. If you are hoping to 'calm down' the strings I think the first design is the best, although I like them done the original way :)

Sonja Nelson said...

Mary, the 1st version is my favorite, but they ALL are very nice. I hope to get back to working on mine very soon.