October 27, 2019

Half Square Mosaic

I recently sorted all the plywood and lumber in our workshop/garage. It was a mess, stacked here and there and leaning against walls. Once it was in like piles, I started working on the biggest pile - the plywood. Once I picked out all the pieces needed for upcoming projects, I started cutting the remaining scraps into building boards for the grandsons. All the scraps from that were then cut into triangles, half square triangles to be exact.

After all the cutting was done, I laid out the triangles to see what I could do with them.

I decided to make a mosaic to hang on the wall in the garage. I ran them through the router to round the edges, and then started painting and playing with designs.  I decided on a half square expanded star.

Someone asked me how I painted them.  I used acrylic paints, the tube type worked better than the bottled craft paint.  Some triangles were painted with just one color but I get bored easily and decided to play with color.  So on some I painted two colors and blended them while the paint was wet, and on some I painted a base color, let it dry, and then painted a thinned color and sprinkled drops of alcohol on it.

Next, I built a frame with a back so I could glue down each triangle.  I also cut some small strips for a solid border (not shown).

I painted a stripes on the frame, blending in one color to the next, like I did on some of the triangles. Then, mounted wood blocks on the wall, turned the piece on point, and hung it.

This is as close as I've come to quilting in months!

Linking to:
Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy
Busy Monday 389 at a Pinch of Joy
Inspire Me Monday at Domestically Speaking
Fabulous Party at Lou Lou Girls
Friday Feature at Oh My Heartsie Girl
Talk of the Town at My Repurposed Life
Handmade & Otherwise at Petals Pies and Otherwise
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes


  1. Way cool. I love it when one can do their own decorations.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

  2. WOW! It is gorgeous. You are such an inspiration. Thanks to you, I have learned to use my first ever power tool. My husband showed me how to use a circular sander and I am refinishing all of the windows (13 total) on our house. The original owner neglected to paint them (I didn't realize it until it was too late) and so I am trying to restore them. It has been a slow tedious job but after we were quoted $7,000 for them to be replaced, I decided to do it myself. (Four more to go)

  3. That's so cool ! Nicely done ! Purrs

  4. Oh my gosh Marti: That is beautiful, I thought it was a real quilt hanging.
    It is stunning.


  5. WOW!!! What a work!!!! Your are an artist.
    Happy days

  6. Marti - this is AMAZING!!! What an imaginative use of plywood that was just sitting there. Your design is inspired, and I am also impressed by the frame you made to hold it all together. Love the result! So colorful!

  7. This is gorgeous! I have a friend whose mom made a huge wooden quilt block for the side of their garage/barn. Actually, I think she may have just painted once piece of wood to look like a quilt blog. Yours is more 3D, because of how you did it. How large is the whole thing altogether?

    Liberty @ B4andAfters.com

  8. This is really cool, love the colors you painted it too!

  9. Wow! Beautifully done! What a great way to use up those small wood scraps.

  10. I do really love this Marti!!! You are so clever :^) I have thought about painting a wooden quilt for our little garden barn, maybe this spring. I am definitely not handy with a saw, so I will just paint one large piece of wood!!!


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