Sale on my book – Monochromatic Quilts!

Howdy quilters! Monochromatic Quilts (made with just one color family) do not have to be stale or boring. Let me inspire you with my book, Monochromatic Quilts: Amazing Variety.

Monochromatic Quilts: Amazing Variety by Andi Stanfield and Mary McElvain

I am having a sale.  Purchase a signed copy  for 25% off with free shipping!


Quantities are limited…once the signed copies are gone, the sale is over.

Start with Blue River

monochromatic blue free motion quilting

I shared the quilting designs from one of the quilts, Blue River, in these Free Motion Monday posts. See the details in In the Water, and More Blue River.

Grey Skies takes a Modern turn

Another favorite design from the book is a modern quilt with neutral fabrics called Grey Skies.

I am itching to make another version with some pops of color!

Log Cabin blocks in ombre tones

Do you like working with subtle shades of one color? Try Yellow Suns, in any color way…

Chain Blocks give you lots of layout choices

Or if you like to play with chain blocks, Green Frost is a fun option.

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Half Square Triangles

Half-square triangles, called HSTs, are a common unit in many quilt blocks.  I have been creating lots of HSTs as I make the flying geese units in the Allietare quilt (Bonnie Hunter’s Winter Mystery 2015). I keep baskets of HSTs next to my sewing machine and I stitch them together between other blocks.  Someday I will be able to create a bed size quilt from these fabric bits that often get thrown in the trash!

leftover half square triangles

As quilters, we generate alot of scraps.  These half square triangles were trimmed from Flying Geese units.  I also collect half square triangles when I make binding. There are many blocks made from half square triangles, so don’t throw these little beauties away!

How to use leftover Half Square Triangles

I sew these “bonus triangles,” to use Bonnie’s term, in two different ways.

A seam along the hypotenuse/long edge will create HSTs, shown on the left below.

two ways of sewing half square triangles

If you sew along a short edge, as pictured on the right above, you can make quarter-square triangles, which I put together in Broken Dishes units.

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Storage can become a problem.  Project boxes, baskets and shoe boxes keep the different types of HST units organized. Her you can see how I keep the basic half square triangles separate from my finished Broken Dishes units.

sorting half square triangles

Someday I will make a scrappy quilt with these units. I really like the way Bonnie has used HSTs in Clue 5 of Allietare, so I am planning a scrappy version of this too.

half square triangle units
In fact, Jeni Baker of In Color Order has written a whole book devoted to HSTs.  Vicki Welsh of Field Trips in Fiber compiled many HST layouts as she was planning a project a while back.  They are extremely versatile and you can create so many different looks!

Pinwheels are another great HST block.  Read more about making them here.

What is your favorite HST block?

Happy Quilting from Andi