I began this quilt in June 2013, when I ordered a half-yard bundle of fabrics from Marmalade Fabrics. This bundle, with turquoise, white and a pop of chartreuse had 5 fabrics in total. I wanted to see what I could do with that bundle.
|The fabrics from the bundle. The dotted fabric and the solid were ombres, so cut up, it looks like more than one fabric.|
|I had also pulled a chartreuse solid to try, but ended up using just the 5 pieces from the bundle.|
Once I had the fabrics, I had to chose a pattern. I wanted to try a triangle quilt, and used this Quackadoodle tutorial to get started. I cut smaller triangles than the tutorial, as I wanted a maximum scrappy look with this quilt. I started with scrap fabric to practice.
|I used some cheaper fabric I was not crazy about as my test pieces. I always find the cut pieces far more interesting and likeable that the big yardage.|
The strips. I cut the strips to maximize the differences in the tops and bottoms of the ombre fabrics
|I used a number of rulers to assist with cutting the triangles.|
|The pile of triangles.|
I did a lot of arranging and re-arranging the triangles on the design board. The result could have been a nice baby quilt (and that may be a project down the road), but I wanted something bigger, so I decided to use the triangle piece as a center panel.
|Up on the design "wall". I use a folding screen with some flannel on it as my "wall". It is easier to take up and down. Here it is in the living room next to my sewing machine.|
The trick is getting the seams all together when the triangles and rows are sewn together. I struggle with consistent seam sizes (even though I use a 1/4 inch foot). I was pretty happy with how most of the seams turned out.
Once I sewed all the rows together, I trimmed the sides and added a wide border in Kona white.
|Getting ready to pin.|
|A close up of the backing. This was a nice cheery print I found yardage of in the Joanne Fabrics red tag section.|
I really struggled with trying to figure out how to quilt this. Many triangle quilts I see on-line are finished with echo quilting around the seams. I initially contemplated straight lines in parallel with the seams and was going to try using frog tape to keep the lines straight on the white. I had also thought about doing bubble quilting on the dotted fabric, but I just couldn't do it after all the bubble quilting on this quilt.
I happened upon a picture on-line of a triangle quilt which was quilted in wavy lines side to side, using different color threads. I thought I had bookmarked that site to give credit to that quilter, but now cannot find the link anywhere! I liked that quilting alot, and decided to tweak it for this quilt.
First, I used my walking foot and did straight (ish) lines using white Aurifil thread lengthwise down the quilt, roughly in the middle of the triangles.
Still using my walking foot, I put two wavy lines in between (or crossing) the straight lines. I tried to vary these as much as possible. The straight lines kept it a bit controlled.
|A sideways view of the white wavy lines|
|Checking out the thread (Aurifil medium teal). I used Warm and White batting in this quilt.|
I then used the turquoise (teal) thread and sewed a wavy line around each straight line, and then two wavy lines in between each straight line, looping over and around with other lines. I was using the walking foot. I might try this again just doing it free motion. It felt forced at times, and I think I need to get my machine tuned up. Despite the challenges, I really like how this turned out.
|Close-up of the finished quilting|
|Close-up of the quilting with the binding, before tossing in the washer and dryer.|
|After washing and drying. I wasn't sure how the varied spacing would turn out after washing. It looks fine.|
|A full frontal shot in the bright sun with a calm lake.|
The finished quilt measures about 48 x 59 inches. The center panel is 33 x 43 inches. It is a nice size lap quilt.
I was happy to have successfully made a triangle quilt, made a quilt from a fabric bundle, and tried a new quilting technique! I always seem to have more projects than time and was glad to have finished three quilts (this one, the Tranquility quilt, and the Plus quilt from homespuns) while I was on vacation.
Enjoy the beginning of fall!
I am entering this in the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side.