Patchwork Essentials: Opposites Attract Quilt

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The time has finally come. I've mentioned quite a few times over the last few years that I wanted to share each of the quilts in my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. I put a huge amount of time and effort into writing it, it seems silly that I haven't gone into greater detail about the quilts in it.

I'm slowly going to share each quilt, in order, with the exception of a few that I've already shared. So, first up we'll be looking at the quilts in the color chapter. For more on how the book is structured see this post.
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Let's start at the beginning. This little scrappy block was the beginning of my loving relationship with half-square triangles. It was made with the little triangle offcuts from joining binding strips together. These exact scraps came from the binding of my first two quilts! My warm color quilt and my cool color quilt. This simple block led me to hosting my first quilt along, the Warm Cool Quilt Along, and was the inspiration for Opposites Attract.

This quilt was the first one that I made for the book. I had just signed my contract, and I got to work right away. Since I played with warm vs. cool in my earlier work with half-square triangles, I knew I had to include the concept in the book.

I used a pretty wide range of values for this version. If I made it again, I would have omitted some of the darker prints.

For the quilting I used two different free motion designs. In the cool colored sections I did my standard doodle loops. In the warm colored sections I quilted organic lines. The difference doesn't show up too well in photos, but in person the difference in quilting really helps accentuate the design.

I used one of my coveted cuts of Luxe in Bloom, and it's bound up in one of my prints from Nordika.

Photo © 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.

 Happy Quilting!


  1. That's such a cheerful quilt! I've been collecting HSTs for a quilt, with the intention of using a neutral for "the other half" of the block, but I like your warm / cool combos, so I'm going to see if I can pull that off!

  2. Jeni, These quilts are gems. I love them
    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity

  3. I love the darker prints mixed in here and there -- it gives it a little zing, like a splash of Tabasco sauce! I just bought a couple of those HST Bloc Lock rulers so now I'm scouting around, trying to decide what kind of HST quilt to make first... I love how your quilt has a kind of a chevron/zigzag pattern emerging from the triangles even though the scrappy prints appear to be randomly placed. Is that something you worked out on a design wall as you pieced your HSTs?

    1. Thanks! I randomly paired up the squares when I was making the half-square triangles. When those were finished I did lay them all out on the floor and shuffled them around until I was happy with the arrangement! :)


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