Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Equilateral Triangle Quilt (Work in Progress)

Equilateral Triangle Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

A sneak peek at what I have been working on for the last few days ~ an Equilateral Triangle Quilt. This simple design, using just a single patchwork shape, is so effective and looks great using solid fabrics, prints or a combination of both.

Equilateral Triangle Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

The difficulty when working with these triangles is the number of bias edges that you need to sew together. This design requires accurate cutting, gentle fabric handling, and accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance sewing to match seams and to end up with a flat and even quilt top. 

Equilateral Triangle Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

I have used a fabric cutter to cut my triangles (I have both major brand fabric cutters and don't prefer one over the other). Using a fabric cutter and die helps to ensure that your triangles are cut accurately, and provided that you pay attention to the grain of the fabric when cutting AND when sewing your triangles together, it really does come together well.

Equilateral Triangle Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

I have used many difficult fabrics to make this quilt top - I'd guess at least 200 different fabrics - and I have alternated a darker fabric with a light (low volume) fabric. The triangles were sewn together in horizontal rows, pressing seam allowances to one side (alternating the direction of the seam allowances for each row so that seams nest together). The long seams (from sewing rows together) have been pressed open. This worked well for me.

Equilateral Triangle Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

I have made good progress on this quilt. It has been basted and I am currently working on quilting it. One stitch at a time.

Equilateral Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Equilateral Triangle Quilt - 450 triangles
More soon.
Rita

PS did you notice all the 30's fabrics mixed in with modern quilting cottons? Such a happy combination.

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27 comments:

  1. Good grief! Some day I'm going to buy one of these just because your points all line up so utterly beautifully, your fabrics are so diverse, and you have such a style all of your own with these beauties. You are a model to all of us and I love looking at your work. And no, my points don't all line up!

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  2. OOHHHhhhh Rita. So neat and tidy. I am sure mine would be rather more free range. Daunting! and Inspiring too. I so enjoy your lovely work and generous sharing. Thanks for brightening my days.

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  3. Such care and precision - truly beautiful work.

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  4. I'll never have so much patience! Admire your work!

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  5. Beautiful! AND you are so inspiring! Thanks for blogging.

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  6. Crisp and sharp as usual. Just beautiful!

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  7. Haha! Yes I did! I thought, She's cutting into those 30s fabrics already! :) It looks marvelous, as ever!!

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  8. What a heavenly mixture of fabrics!

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  9. I love it! Do you think you could have gotten the same precision by cutting your triangles the traditional way? I'm hesistant to invest in dies and cutting device.

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  10. Pure beauty. Love it all. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Yes... I did notice your 30s prints mixed with modern gems..... that's what I LOVE about your work. You are so great at mixing such a variety of fabric-- and it never looks like a "everything but the kitchen sink" quilt. It always looks so fresh and charming! I wish I had your knack :) ~robin

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  12. Your quilts are so lovely, I really enjoy reading about them on your blog.

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  13. All that bias and perfect points! You are a marvel! Another beautiful scrappy quilt.

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  14. Gosh I envy all your pretty fabrics--and that you've got your triangles sewn together. Mine are still on my design wall where they've been for months. :)

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  15. oh my! that surely calls for great precision. the fabric combinations are beautiful.

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  16. such a lovely range of fabrics and wow those points all perfect

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  17. I love the ecclectic mix of fabrics - they play together so lovely!
    This quilt top is Stunning!

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  18. What are the two major brands of fabric cutters? I am new to quilting and I am doing extremely basic designs because my cutting is not very good. I am looking for help in this area. Beautiful colors and design for this quilt!

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  19. You sure do have a way with putting fabrics together! This is lovely :)

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  20. I love how your quilt has come together. I have a Sizzix Westminster Pro. Is that the brand you are using? I have owned mine for two years and have yet.

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    1. Hi Melissa - I have both an Accuquilt Go and a Sizzix Fabric Fabi. I used an Accuquilt die for this quilt - it seems to be a new and improved die as I rarely had to snip threads.

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  21. this is so very fresh and pretty. And all those perfect points. ai-yi-yi!

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  22. It's beautiful! I can't wait to see what stitch, or stitches, you use in quilting it!

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