Odyssey is an easy and modern half square triangle quilt pattern that packs a bold and modern punch! This quilt is near and dear to my heart as it was designed while awaiting the birth of our son.
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I was sitting in an Airbnb in an unfamiliar city and state, waiting on pins and needles for updates from our son's birth mother. Designing this quilt helped pass the time, and for that I will always be grateful.
Half square triangles are one of the most popular quilt blocks, for good reason! The diagonal movement they provide is so eye catching. In addition, half square triangles look harder to construct than they really are.
half square triangle frequently asked questions:
How to make half square triangles in quilting: As stated above, half square triangles look much harder than they actually are. As its name suggests, half square triangles are actually square blocks! The other half triangle is the cream (background) color, which lets the color triangles really pop!
The Odyssey quilt pattern includes easy to follow, full color instructions on how to assemble half square triangles blocks using the 8-at-a-time method (also known as the "magic 8 method".
How to cut half square triangles for quilting: this is a great question! Some half square triangle instructions have the finished unit be the exact size needed for the project. This saves some time, but leaves very little room for error.
Some instructions are for slightly oversized half square triangles, which is my personal preference. This adds another step (the trimming), but leaves wiggle room for imperfect sewing. Odyssey includes instructions for slightly oversized half square triangle blocks that are then trimmed down to size. Instructions and diagrams included in the pattern help with this step..
Odyssey - The Linen Texture Version
Linen/cotton blends make up the majority of this cover version of Odyssey. Up close, this quilt is incredibly luxe and has wonderful drape. It is the most luxurious and modern half square triangle quilt in this household!
Lamb and Loom supplied the fabric for this version. She also has kits available HERE to make this exact version!
Mistletoe Quilting Co. quilted this version with a modified clamshell design. Haley is an amazing long-arm quilter; here is a link to her website and quilting intake form.
Here is a close up of her quilting. The black and white half square triangle blocks really stand out, so it is truly eye catching.
Modern Half Square Triangle Quilt - SNAKE VERSION
Fun fact about me: I'm TERRIFIED of snakes. Fun fact about my daughter: she is obsessed with them. She even has a stuffed snake she sleeps with every night. As a result, she chose this Ruby Star Society snake print to be the main fabric in her quilt.
Mistletoe Quilting Co. quilted this using some lavender thread and a serpent-like design to really pull everything together. It is stunning!
For the binding, RSS speckled was a clear winner. This quilt is officially now in heavy rotation at our house, which means plenty of opportunities to touch (fabric) snakes.
the baby modern half square triangle quilt
There is just something about a colored background quilt that truly stands out. This baby sized Odyssey is no exception. This quilt is the ultimate modern half square triangle quilt with Kona Fog as its background.
A party in the quilt back
Piecing an interesting quilt back is something that never sounds fun at the time, but it always pays off in the end. This baby Odyssey is no exception. Leftover half square triangle blocks were pieced into the back, along with random bits of extra fabric. The result is so cool!
Walk by Jackie Gering is the ultimate guide to quilting different designs with a domestic sewing machine and walking foot. Most designs look much more complicated than they really are, and the results are always stunning.
The boomerang design was used for this quilt, which gives the quilt great texture without competing with the quilt design.
Quilt Ladders for the win!
A frequently asked question is where the quilt ladder in the photo below is from. HERE is where to find it, and it comes in both black and white!
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Until next time,