MCM – Anthony’s Quilt

Last week I told you I started working on HSTs for Anthony’s quilt. This week I am still working on them but I’m making progress. There are 460 of them! I have about half the blocks made and I started sewing them into rows because I needed a break from making all those blocks!

Once I got some of the rows sewn, I just had to start putting them together to see how the top is going to look. I must say, I really like the way this is looking right now.

HST Quilt for Anthony

The top is too big for my wall, so it’s laying on top of my bed.

I’m doing a few things differently than I normally do in making a quilt top. First, I am using lots of starch on the blocks and the rows. I will sometimes use starch on my fabric but it’s not something I feel I always have to do. Let me say, it sure has made a difference in piecing these rows together. The starch gives the fabric just a little bit of stiffness which makes it easier to work with.

4" HST blocks

Second, I am trying to be sure I press and not iron to prevent any stretching and distortion of the fabric. I usually just iron all over my blocks, because really, who wants to take the time to press? I have to admit though, it seems to be working for me because everything is going together beautifully. Huh.

Chain Piecing HST blocks

I have also been chain piecing the blocks together which makes the rows come together fast. I usually don’t chain piece because I’m always worried I’ll get the blocks out of order. But I am quickly becoming a fan.

Not all the points are perfectly aligned in this top but they are darn close.  I haven’t lost any of the points so that’s a positive. I was kind of worried about that when I first started, but I am so pleased with the way this looks – I can’t wait to finish it. But I don’t want to rush it; I just want to enjoy the process.

So this is my crush for the week. What is yours? I would love to see what you are working on this week! 🙂  You can link up below – here is how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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11 Responses to MCM – Anthony’s Quilt

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  2. Susan says:

    I love your quilt in those blues! So very pretty, and looking closer to finish than start. I almost missed the linkup this week! Only 9 hours left. =)

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  4. I love monochromatic gradations, but this is an exceptionally beautiful color.

  5. kate @ Thread Everywhere says:

    Pretty! I love the color gradient with the blues and greens. I am a big fan of starch, I use loads of it, but I find it makes piecing much easier for me. I have also noticed it helps to keep my finished tops from moving around and stretching while I’m quilting. Can’t wait to see the finished top!

  6. The color variation is beautiful and can’t wait to see this completely finished! Lovely colors! It’s very manly too, considering it can sometimes be hard to make quilts ‘manly’. That is a lot of HST; luckily they are such an easy go-to quilt design “block”! I almost HATE when I can’t chain piece… I feel like I am wasting threads. Now I use a new method that was shared last week about Leaders and Enders… which you end up making a perfect quilt top off of that as well! I also understand what you mean about ironing vs. pressing, when I do HST, I consciously use pressing instead of ironing… it’s a little longer, but it is more effective. Keep up the great work!

  7. I LOVE the ombre effect with the HSTs….So neat to see it all coming together!!

  8. Jasmine says:

    This is looking incredible. Your points do look great, and the colors are so beautiful. (Can you say that if it is for a boy?)

  9. This looks fantastic, Beth! How big are the HSTs that you are using? I do not typically chain piece, either, but sometimes it just makes more sense.

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  11. Joanna says:

    One of the reasons I don’t really do chain piecing too often is because I like seeing the actual progress I’m making as I go. Usually if I chain piece I’ll do it in groups of X pieces so I can stop and start to put things together. Nothing is more motivating than seeing it came together! 😀 love the blues and greens you’ve chosen, looks like such a pretty gradient!

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