HeartString variations

There’s been some discussion on the HeartStrings group about the string blocks being too busy or even *ugly* when set together. Patti suggested pairing up a HeartStrings block with a solid background to create a Half Square Triangle block – similar to my Half Square Strings but having the strings run perpendicular not parallel. Rita suggested that an EQ drawing might help so I played about a bit.

I didn’t particularly care for the first version but did like the *X* version better. I decided to throw in an Hourglass version too similiar to my Hourglass Strings. I also think sashing these blocks is also a way to calm things down for those that find them too busy.

Keep in mind that I LIKE the blocks set straight and don’t find them too busy but I do like seeing lots of variations of the same quilt and I want people to like the quilts they’re making. I’ve enjoyed the discussion that this has generated on the list.

A couple links showing how to make the half square triangle blocks

Quick and Easy Half Square Triangle units

Half Square Triange Tutorial (also shows how to make the hourglass blocks)

5 thoughts on “HeartString variations

  1. Wouldn’t you know it – I like the first version the best LOL! Different strokes for different folks. I hope to get back to stitching on my string blocks this weekend. My hour glass project is at a good stopping place.

  2. I have done the center version with a half step drop in the middle. It is called Kitchen Sink arranged that way.Maybe I should put up a picture in the file section?

  3. Great variety of designs. If you are hoping to ‘calm down’ the strings I think the first design is the best, although I like them done the original way 🙂

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