Happy Friday, my friends! Fall has finally come to Texas and it feels wonderful – of course I’d rather be outside enjoying the weather than inside quilting, but there’s inspiration everywhere so I still feel like I’m being creative.
This week’s free pattern is from Riley Blake and just jumped out at me. It’s called Ocean Waves.
Unfortunately, upon inspection of the pattern instructions, all of those HSTs appear to be part of Riley Blake’s half square triangle fabric, so in order to make it you would have to go out and buy their fabric. Of course, you will never find an easier method of creating so many HSTs, so perhaps that’s not a bad thing about this pattern!
The ocean waves quilt block is not something that was dreamed up by Riley Blake, so there are lots of quilts for you to see on pinterest where the basic block has been faithfully executed or modified. Each block is 12 HSTs plus 4 squares – the size of the finished block should be partly a function of the ultimate size of the quilt you want to make, but should also reflect the number of blocks that will be necessary to create the secondary pattern that shows up so beautifully in the quilt above.
As you can see in the block above, the layout of the traditional ocean waves block is simple but it does not quite achieve the same look as the free pattern. Instead, you get two secondary patterns as shown below.
What to do if you like the look of the Riley Blake pattern? Easy! Instead of going with the traditional ocean waves block design, you do a 4×4 HST pattern, as shown below.
Then you take a square of your desired contrast fabric that is equal in size to 1/4 of your HST block and lay it over one corner of your HST block. Sew along the diagonal, as seen in the diagram below, trim excess, and press open.
It’s definitely easier to buy the HST fabric, but I like to use my own fabric and you definitely have a lot more color and size options if you’re willing to do it your own way! That’s what I like about being able to look at a pattern or a block and then tossing it aside to make the idea work for my own goals or fabrics on hand.
Of course this would be an amazing option for a scrap project with friends. Due to the differences in everyone’s quarter inch seam allowance, fabric choices, and other issues that come up when doing group projects, it would definitely be best to trade pieces – agree that everyone contribute sets of 16 HSTs (one for each person in your group). That way, once you get all of the pieces, you can put them together in the way you like best – and you can use the corner triangle as the unifying color/theme that brings all of the scrappiness together.
Here’s the original pattern, just in case you want to see how the quilt was created with the cool HST fabric.
Have a great weekend!