Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday--Ocean Waves

I joined my first quilt guild in the fall of 1997, two years after I started quilting. One of their activities was an annual quilt challenge, and that first year the theme was Amish. I researched Amish quilts, checking out many books from the library. I especially liked An Amish Adventure by Roberta Horton. The pattern I chose to make was an Ocean Waves quilt. 

Ocean Waves Quilt 1998
Honeybees Guild Amish Challenge
43" x 56"

This quilt was my first experience making lots of HSTs. I used the bias strips technique that I learned from a book by Marsha McCloskey. I just discovered a recent blog post from her explaining this process. You can find it HERE. The pieces shown in the photos below were made for another quilt, but use the same technique. I find this method to be extremely accurate for making lots of HSTs, and less tedious than making them oversized and trimming down.

Check out other Throwback Thursday quilt posts at Krista QuiltsEven better, add your own post to the link-up. We'd love to see your quilts from the past! 

Julie in GA


  1. Love all the bright colors in your Ocean Waves quilt. I guess that is typical of Amish quilts, lots of bright colors. I've never tried making HSTs with that method. I've seen it in a few books, I wasn't sure I could stitch it accurately enough for the HSTs to come out right.

  2. Your determination paid off in a beautiful quilt! I haven't tried that method either. I did try the one where you cut one square at a time from the bias strip set, but I found I overcut and wasted a lot of fabric. I don't think it every occured to me that I could just cut strips from the bias set .... hmmm.

  3. That's an interesting technique for 1/2 square triangles. I may just have to try that out. Thanks for linking up at Throwback Thursday today.

  4. Yours is a wonderful example of Amish quilts. I saw a museum exhibit of them and they just glowed with color, like yours. I checked out Marsha's post, but could not understand it, and your pics looked different and easier. I still am afraid of HSTs, but maybe it will come to me.


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