Just Call Me “Chef”

MBS-featured-button-2014I’ve been cooking up a couple of patterns using Moda fabric Layer Cakes® recently. The first pattern, pictured above,  is called “Big Sky”, and it is available now at the Moda Bake Shop blog.

The quilt uses a simple block, made of sixteen half-square-triangles (HSTs). When I learned that the block is called “Anna’s Choice”, I had to add it to my repertoire.

The blocks in the “Big Sky” quilt are 16″ square. Just for kicks, I decided to play around with it a bit, using 2.5″ HSTs made from 6.5″ squares.

img_1629-e1502076732376.jpgInstead of using just two colors in the block, as I did in “Big Sky”, I used one dark square, one medium square, and two light squares. I won’t go through the process of making the HSTs here, since I’ve done that in a previous post.

Pairing the dark and medium squares with the light squares gave me eight 2.5″ light/medium HSTS and eight 2.5″ light/dark HSTs.

Ready to play? Here are a dozen possible combinations of these squares. Each block would be 8″ x 8″ finished:

So there are at least twelve possible variations for the parts and pieces of the “Anna’s Choice” block. Now, the choice is yours. Enjoy!


Categories: 8" TQ Blocks, HST's, Moda Bake Shop, Thrifty Quilter Blocks & Patterns, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

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6 thoughts on “Just Call Me “Chef”

  1. Cheryl

    HST blocks are such fun to play with. What great combinations you can come up with and then add some colour variety and the possibilities keep growing.. Thanks for the inspiration.


  2. Congratulations It is a beautiful pattern. You can never go wrong with half square triangles.


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  4. Bunny Wilson

    Hi Anne – I have a question for you please. I saw your Big Sky pattern for Moda and loved it, printed it out, and headed to my LQS to purchase fabric. Before I started sewing, I thought I’d make a sample block out of fabric from my stash. I cut the 10″ squares and once cut/sewn ended up with 4.5″ hst before trimming. I was puzzled so checked my work and it seems correct. I pulled out a chart on beginning squares to finished squares and it said to start with an 11″ in order to have a 5″ to trim to a 4.5″. So, I checked another resource by Annemarie Chany and it said the same. So, I checked a third “quilt math” and it said “(Desired Finished Size + 7/8″)x2″ which I think is 10 3/4 – but I’m not a mathematician. Have I read this whole pattern wrong? I try hard to be accurate with my quarter inch seams but I know I’ll never get every half square triangle right for each of these without having anything left to square them down to the 4.5”. I hope this makes sense. I love the pattern, and bought the fabric – just want to figure out where my thinking has gone crazy. Thanks so much!


    • Hi, Bunny. An accurate 1/4″ seam is crucial in quiltmaking, and there’s just no way around that.

      Normally, you would start with squares that are 7/8″ larger than your finished half-square triangle (HST). However, that method assumed that you will sew an absolutely accurate 1/4″ seam every time, and very few of us are that accurate all the time. Hence, many of us add that extra little bit and begin with a 5″ square, then trim the HST to 4.5″ to put into or block. That gives you a little margin for error, but as you discovered, just a tiny bit, and you still have to be quite accurate with your 1/4″ seam.

      If you were cutting your squares from yardage, you could make them any size you want to begin with. However, since you’re using a layer cake here, you’re stuck with 5″ squares to make your HSTs.

      My advice would be to go slow and focus on getting an accurate 1/4″ seam. Sew your seam and the measure it. If it’s too wide, take it out and do it again. There’s no shame in unsewing now and again. It happens to us all. If the seam is a little too narrow, that’s actually okay with HSTs….as long as it’s just a little too narrow.

      By the time you finish this quilt, you will be a master of HST!



  5. Bunny Wilson

    Hello again, Anne! I finished up the top for this pattern a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love it. Could you tell me how you quilted it? I haven’t decided whether I’m going to do it here on my machine (it would have to be some sort of grid if I do it) or if I’m going to send it out to be done. I’d love to know what sort of quilting design you chose for yours. Thanks again for the pattern and for the encouragement. It turned out great!


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