Half Square Triangles are the Best Square Triangles

... And finishes never happen on Fridays.  These are my strongly held beliefs.

This past weekend, in addition to sanding the stairs and starting to stain, I finished up another baby quilt.  It's a lot of bold.

Front
Back

This quilt is for one of my coworkers (the last one having a baby in the office for a while), who is also our marketing director.  They don't know whether they're having a girl or a boy, and  I felt like the half square triangles and the color scheme fit my coworker's aesthetic well, and the other person in our marketing office agreed.

Overall, I like this quilt, but there are a few things that I would do differently, were I to do it again.  In terms of the strengths of the quilt, I love the color scheme, and I think that the binding is one of the best I've ever done (and now I feel like ironing can go back to being my least favorite part of the process).  I also really like the back of the quilt, and I like that my new labels came in and look awesome (not pictured).

Opportunities for improvement on the next quilt include:

  • Quilting in a straight line - The quilting on this is all stitch in the ditch, which makes straight lines kinda important for a half square triangle quilt.  There are a few areas where that didn't quite happen.
  • Precision - Some of the corners on the front are off by 1/8-1/4 of an inch.  Not very many of them (I caught and redid the worst offenders), but I had it in my head that for some of the smaller ones, the quilting would make them less noticeable.  What really happened was that the places that didn't quite line up made quilting in a straight line more challenging (see above).
  • Planning - I really like the back of the quilt.  That said, I wasn't thinking about the quilting process when I constructed the back, so none of the vertical lines on the back line up with the vertical lines on the front.  On the front, each triangle is quilted, with the exception of the two columns directly opposite the back.  For those, I quilted just the horizontal lines that lined up with the triangles on the back.  Not a big deal, and I think that it ended up working fine, but had I thought about it ahead of time, I probably would have designed it differently.

The other exciting part of this is that with the completion of this quilt, my backlog has dropped to only three baby quilts, and no new ones have been added in the last few months.  I feel like I have oodles of time (which the stair redo process will no doubt consume in full).

Thanks for looking!  Here are a few more pictures!

Back and Front
Fold

Work in Progress: Weekend Edition

Ever have one of those weekends where you feel like you work on stuff constantly and yet, at the end of it nothing is done?  Yeah, that was my weekend (except I did finally switch my license plate - that was a solid check in the box).  I made great progress on two big projects, but I was plagued by technology woes and the completionist in me is like "why did you take all that time to do homework?  Don't you know how many stairs you could have sanded in that 6 hours??"

But that brings me to project-the-first.  De-carpeting the stairs.

Stairs

Note the cats, supervising the process.  They were super helpful.  Anyway,  the carpeting on our stairs was kinda gross, and we've been talking about not having carpeting on our stairs for a while, so I went ahead and removed it.

Other blogs suggested that this process takes 2.5-3.5 hours.  Maybe so, for normal stairs.  Our builder, apparently, wanted the carpet alone to be able to withstand attacks from the Death Star.  Seriously.  There were probably 30-40 staples on each side of each step (with the spindles) and another 20 or so on each riser and tread.  It did get faster when I had worked my way past the spindles, but all told, it still took darned close to 9 hours.

Luckily, the stairs underneath all the carpet are in pretty good shape (with a few long-ish cracks that will need to be filled in), and totally stainable.  We're still deciding exactly how we'll redo from here, but I'm pretty happy to have all the removal behind me, and I'll keep you posted as we go.

Project-the-second was intended to be putting together a quilt top for a colleague who is having a baby in T-4 weeks-ish.  Predictably, I was unable to finish the top, but I did make progress - here's a sneak peak!

Half square triangles are really the best square triangles.

Half square triangles are really the best square triangles.

It's going to be pretty bold.

That's all for now (because I also did not finish my homework)!  Anyone else played the stair redo game and have any advice?