If you want a quick, easy quilt to put together pick up a copy of the March/April QUILTY magazine and look for my Cosmic Yin and Yang quilt.
This stunning quilt is out of this world easy! Starting with the 8 from a square technique for making half square triangles (HST), then cutting those HST in half to make the star points, I eliminate the need to cut small squares and sew them into strips to make star points. Also, there are no set-in seams. This quilt can easily be put together in a weekend. One colored fat quarter makes up one of the squares. So it would be easy to make additional blocks to enlarge this from a wall hanging to a lap or twin size quilt.
My inspiration for this quilt came from watching a Craftsy class, “Cut to It” by Debbie Caffrey. She showed how to use HST to make the Delectable Mountain block. I began to play around with HST to see what I could come up with. The technique described in the magazine yielded a colored star and a dark star and using a non-traditional setting, I came up with a design that has a more contemporary look. The dark and light triangles joined together make a whole unit as in Yin and Yang. As you can see in the close up, the quilting is representative of gravitational pull between celestial bodies, thus the “cosmic”.
I must say I am really impressed with the fresh modern quilts in QUILTY magazine. They are all beginner friendly, but don’t look simplistic. I wish this magazine had been around when I first started quilting. Be sure and pick up a copy and have some fun!