Friday, June 15, 2012

My First Chariot Quilt

I was asked the other day to donate a quilt for a fundraiser for Hope Center For Autism. My youngest son asked me who I was making the quilt for and I told him it was a Charity Quilt. Cuteness is calling it the Chariot Quilt :) Be still my heart! 
I needed to do something fairly quickly since I am already backed up and wanting to do the QAL that Angela from Cut To Pieces is starting. Yeah it's Super Mario Brothers - who isn't excited :) We are also leaving for a trip in a few weeks. We are taking our first family trip and I'm so excited. We are driving with two little boys from Texas to Atlanta GA. I'm already praying for peace and hoping that the boys do ok with that long of a ride. Anyways I searched around my stash and found a couple of charm packs and decided to do HST. 

 

I decided to use the "Magic HST" method that I learned from Amy Gibson on one of her Craftsy BOM classes. It's such an easy way to get HST, tiny draw back they have bias edges. Quick how to sans pictures. Take two charm squares right sides together and sew 1/4" around the entire square. Press to set the seams. Take your ruler and line it up diagonally from top left to bottom right and cut. Then without moving the pieces turn ruler diagonally from top right to bottom left and cut. You now should have four perfect HST.


I thought about making a cool/hot quilt and just started playing around. 
Thank You design wall!! This has changed quilting for me!!


I really think HST are amazing and can instantly change the look of the quilt just by turning a few squares. 



Cloudy day so the picture is a tad dark. I really liked the layout and started stitching. Does this happen to anyone else? I'm super careful when taking the pieces over to my machine and inevitably they get turned. Lots of ripping going on. By the time I finished up the top I had somehow sewed several of the top rows to the bottom. I actually like the way it looks even better, but how did this happen? Was I sleep piecing? 




It has gone together pretty quickly and I'm getting ready to quilt this bad boy. I think I'm going to outline the diamonds and still debating about how to quilt the boarder. Any feedback is appreciated!! One last thing, we were buying some goodies for the boys for our road trip and we got each one a lap desk. One picked a black one and the other wait for it....picked a patchwork one. I'm loving the colors and I'm so inspired. 


I hope you guys are having a wonderful day! 
January T.

  

4 comments:

  1. I like how the diamond ended up off center. It really makes it unique.

    Have fun on your family vacation!

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  2. Your chariot quilt is delightful, as is your son for naming it. lol.

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  3. I tried to post this the other day but my phone WOULD NOT cooperate! I love your Chariot Quilt! I have an easy unbiased way to make HST's 8 at a time- I love those babies! I just made a pillow using 64 little ones! http://fromthistothatbybobbalou.blogspot.com/2012/06/wednesday-already.html
    Have a great day!

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