Quilt Finish: Half Square 16 Patch

It’s finished!! I finally have it all done. I’ve been working on this one for a bit and am happy to see it done.

Here is a closer look at it.

This is one of those quilts that you need to see it closely to appreciate it. From a distance the small pieces blend and the pattern isn’t seen very well.

This project all started some time ago when a blog reader sent me two boxes of either UFO projects or leftover projects. There were 35 or finished blocks when this was sent to me. I cut out another 1040 half-square triangle units, sewed them, and then sewed them into the blocks.

I pulled out reproduction fabrics for this. The donated blocks were mostly, but not all reproduction fabrics. After I had the rows sewn together I could see that there were bright colored teal triangles and knew I needed to take those out. There is one in the row right above Izzy. They awkwardly stuck out so I went through them, ripped them out, and replaced them with reproduction fabric triangles.

I dug through my stash and found the gold fabric for sashing and red for the border and binding.

My friend Ila sent me some backing fabric.

It looks gray in the photo below but the real color is what you see in the photo above.

I used a thread called Rum on the top of the quilt and a cream color for the back.

I used a quilting motif that is a floral I call hook and bump.

I love reproduction fabrics. I love simple quilts whose main feature is the fabrics. This is totally my style and right up my aisle.

For so long I was always making quilts for publication…many of those needed to be modern or bright prints. I enjoyed working with the fabrics and colors but reproduction fabrics have always had my heart.

MANY MANY thanks to the blog reader who long ago sent me their leftovers/UFO projects. I’ve had so much fun with the boxes…and I’m not done yet!!

21 thoughts on “Quilt Finish: Half Square 16 Patch”

  1. Quilts like this are so impressive. They’re a real testament to perseverance and dedication. I guess only a quilter can truly appreciate the work that goes into a “simple” pattern. It’s beautiful!!!

  2. This is a beautiful quilt! It makes me think that it might be something that our great grandmother’s might have made from scraps of fabric. I like the quilting motif you used too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That’s very beautiful and so much to be looking at. The fabrics are just like little gems in settings. I know you must be happy dancing to have it completed. A labor of love for sure.

  4. This is such a beautiful quilt. I know you’re happy to see it completed – you’ve been working on it for what seems like ages!
    Love and prayers

  5. Absolutely stunning quilt! Amazing how scraps and simple design can create such a beauty!! Glad you got this one done and now can be enjoyed!

  6. You know I love Civil War reproduction fabrics, too, so this beauty is right up my alley… tho I’d never have the patience to assemble all those HST! The gold sashing & red borders are perfect! Ditto the quilting motif. You’ve got a jewel here, Jo!

  7. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, Bc

    I love civil war reproduction fabrics too have a full bin of them plus more. I am working on getting some quilts done with my stash. I keep getting interrupted to make baby quilts for friends of my son. I don’t mind but I see your quilt and think I just have to start getting stuff done for me.

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