Saturday, 25 April 2015

Triangle Quilt - DONE!

I finished the quilt for my husband, a gift for our first wedding anniversary, at about 15:30 on the day itself, having been locked away in the sewing room for much of the week.  Not ideal, but I got there in the end!

In the final week I completed the top,



squared up,

and bound the whole thing!

Basting was the first time I got to see the whole thing at once, and I was suddenly pretty intimidated with an overwhelming feeling I'd bitten off more than I could chew.  I ploughed on though and was pretty chuffed with the results.  This is the largest quilt I've made and although there were lots of learning curves (next post - right now I'm just reveling in the positives) I'm delighted with how it turned out.

 It's too big to photograph!

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Cottoned On

Over the last month I have been working away at my quilt for my husband in a desperate bid to get it finished by next weekend.  At this point, I have no idea whether I'm going to make it or not, but I think I can get close enough.  Has anyone ever handed over a quilt with no binding, or with safety pins still securing the layers?  Right, I better get on with it....

Here's how progress has gone so far:

I chain pieced every triangle to another one, just so there was a more manageable number of units to work with in the layout.

Next I laid out the rows.  It's hard to keep it random and my natural instinct was to create patterns.  The quilt is also so big  I've laid it out in two parts, so the first time I see the whole thing together will be when I baste it.  This is partly because I'm really struggling to keep this away from my husband.  Every time I need the big picture, he's in the house and probably in the room most suitable for spreading out!

I sewed the triangle units into rows and then sewed the rows together.

I plan on writing a more technical post about this quilt but for now I'll say, despite their stretchy sides, triangles have not been as daunting as I thought and have provided more perfect points than any other shape.

I bought extra wide backing fabric and some queen sized wadding to baste this weekend, so this morning's job is to sew the last three rows together and BASTE!  I'm torn between straight line quilting and stippling - any thoughts?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


I've sewn all 540 triangles to a partner in the first round of sewing the quilt for my husband.

The hardest part was trying to keep the pairings random so the overall effect won't look ordered.  I can't wait to arrange them all and decide on the layout. The other element of making this quilt which is proving very tricky is keeping it secret!

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Brown Paper Packages - 11

This week I started making a quilt for my husband.  I had been collecting fabric to make us a quilt on and off, with no real deadline in mind.

Well, I set the deadline, decided on the pattern and jolly well had to ramp up the fabric buying to make sure I had enough.

He's pretty into yellow and green as a colour scheme, so I adapted it slightly to mustard and teal.

The pile above is from My Bearpaw in Edinburgh, where I spent a very happy half an hour pulling bolts off the shelves while my Christmas gift vouchers burned a hole in my pocket.

This is Teal by Carolyn Friedlander from Botanics and a joy.  I'm already considering buying more just because I love it so.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the quilt is made up of 540 (!!) triangles of various teal and mustard fabric.  Cutting 540 triangles was a daunting prospect, but I got through it faster than anticipated.

I've started chain piecing these together, starting with the edges.

I've got a horrible feeling I've not let enough room between the selvage and the edge, but we'll see.  I've got lots of these edge peices left over so am confident I'll be able to replace a few where it looks a bit tight.  The one on the top of the photo above has already met with the unpicker!

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Something New

I've embarked upon one of my crazy deadline projects again, this time involving quilting with triangles.  Oh joy!  I've been working with triangles for my Stitch Gathering quilt, but isosceles. This time, I'm going to make an equilateral triangle quilt.

I have a template.....

.....which I used last year to make my bag for my partner for the Stitch Gathering 2014 (during the blogging hiatus).

So I figured having had a fairly successful and uneventful go on a small project, why not undertake my biggest project to date using the triangle template?

This quilt is special as it is a gift for my husband and, therefore, the first quilt I've made which will actually stay at my house.  So far the only evidence of quilting round these parts has been a trail of stray thread wherever I go.

I chose some stash fabric...

...which I added to with a little (to be revealed) shopping.  There's been a fabric embargo for about a year round here, but I had vouchers for My Bearpaw which I received at Christmas time - yippeee!

I sketched out the layout of the quilt, did some dodgy maths and came the conclusion I needed to cut 540 triangles to make a 90" quilt.  540! Gulp, wish me luck.  What could possibly go wrong?

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