Today, at noon, is the final day to enter a project in the Festival of Half Square Triangles at Canoe Ridge Creations. And here it is, nearly 10am and I am writing this little post about a project I just finished last night very early this morning, so that I can play, too.
Yes, there are some great prizes up for grabs, but with well over 100 entries already, I realize my chances of actually winning any of them are slim. However, I still wanted to finish this up and link up over there because these sorts of “link parties” are really great for the community aspect of them; it’s tough to get that in the digital world.
I’m really glad that this festival is happening because it provided the motivation to finish a half square triangle project that I started (and had hoped to finish) way back in January. I thought I was being all sneaky and clever posting a sneak peek of my completed half square triangles. They looked lovely, and I thought I would unveil the final project shortly after that. Um … yeah, that didn’t happen.
Earlier this week, the link party for the HST festival opened up and I didn’t think I would be able to finish this project in time. I had something to strive for, though, and some time shortly after midnight this morning, I completed the binding of my winter table runner. Hooray!!
I wanted this to be an obvious “winter” decor item without being holiday themed so I chose to use purple, navy, ice blue, gray and white. I designed it so that the HSTs of the same color (purple) would form the background for some snowflake appliqués.
That background purple, which I also used in the binding, is great because it has some tone on tone variation so, in person, it really adds some great texture and dimension to the project. It’s Kona dimensions purple. In this next photo, you can also see a little bit of the sparkle in the snowflakes. This white, which I used for the snowflakes and also the outer white border, is Michael Miller Fairy Frost glitz zirconium.
I knew that straight line quilting would be the way to go with this project, but when I was invited to a sew/play date (which I mentioned but never posted about) with Kim, Amy, and Katie, I sought their input and they agreed that some echo quilting following the lines of the chevrons would be lovely.
The back is just pieced with some of the leftover and a few extra half square triangles.
I’m really happy with how this project turned out, and it looks great on my dining table. Too bad it’s not really appropriate decor for April! Ha! At least it will be ready to go when December rolls around!