Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Triangles and more triangles!

Work in progress ~
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

A peek at what I have been working on for the last few days. A simple quilt featuring just one shape, an equilateral triangle, and all the blues ... dark blue, navy blue, sky blue, aqua ... and black, and grey. Plus a splash of soft pink and red, for working within the constraints of a limited color palette is  a challenge for me, in a good way.

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Working with triangles can be tricky for the bias edges of the fabric pieces need to be handled carefully so as not to stretch them, and it helps to pay attention to the grain of the fabric when sewing the triangles 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.

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For this quilt I have used a fabric cutter to cut the triangles (I have both major brand fabric cutters and don't prefer one over the other). For this quilt I used an AccuQuilt Fabric Cutter with the AccuQuilt Equilateral Triangle die with 4 1/2" Sides to cut all the fabric pieces. 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. I also like that this particular die cuts notches on the sides of the triangles and trims the corners which makes it easy  to line up your fabric pieces.

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT DETAILS
Equilateral Triangle Quilt ~ the Blues
Quilt top measures 56 inches x 66 inches.
18 rows of 27 triangles = 486 triangles
Printed Fabrics:
A range of prints from stash in blues and low volume/white background,
including several pieces of Liberty of London Tana Lawn.
Solid fabrics: 

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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I am very pleased with how this quilt came together and I love the color palette! While the color palette for this quilt is limited, the fabric play was the opposite; rummaging through my fabric stash, auditioning prints, playing with contrast, and refining the selection. This is a task  I could happily do time and again.

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Ready for basting and quilting.

More soon.
Rita

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16 comments:

  1. Rita every top you do immediately becomes my favorite. Sorry to the last one that was my favorite. Some day I want to grow up to be just like you.

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  2. with me it's 3 inch squares and more three inch squares

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  3. Such a sweet, calming, elegant, lovely quilt. I adore your fabric choices! :)

    ~Lizzy

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  4. Beautiful! You convinced me to purchase the same cutting template that you used.

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  5. Such lovely colour combinations. Do you have any tips for avoiding the bulk created where 6 pieces come together? Do you press your seams open?

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  6. I love the colour combinations. Thank you for the tips on working with triangles. x

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  7. this is a pretty quilt Rita. I like it very very much. Soothing and nice.
    I love working with triangles and your advice is very helpful

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  8. the colours on this one are so pleasant. they came together very well.

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  9. Simply lovely. Quilts don't have to be overly elaborate to be lovingly appreciated by the recipient. Your ideas are great inspiration to folks that might not otherwise try this wonderful art form.

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