Cosmic Yin and Yang…out of this world easy!


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”.Pink Cosmic Yin and Yang 1800

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!  Apr_Cover-2