Thursday, May 19, 2011

a Box of Crayons

My friend, Melanie of Texas Freckles, is leading the quilt for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches this May.  Her quilt already has a name!  "A Box of Crayons" will features 2 blocks from each member of our circle, with each  member creating in one crayon box color.  So, you know I got....

for a Box of Crayons

This week I felt like trying something new, so I decided to make a block of 60 degree triangles.  These triangles have 3 equal sides, each 3" long.  Piecing them is lots like piecing half square triangles.  I machine pieced them in rows and then joined rows.

Here's a little shot of what chain piecing looks like. It's just a way to save thread and keep your little bits organized. When you're ready, you snip the connecting thread, press seams and continue piecing.  

piecing notes

Check out how much smaller the rows are once pieced!

piecing notes

When piecing any kind of triangle, you have to maintain that vital bit of overlap in the seam allowance. The overlap is there so that when I piece these rows together, the triangle points won't be chopped off.

piecing notes

When piecing triangle sets into a longer row, you must keep the points matched.  It's not so intuitive. Here I'm matching up the pointy bits that stick out. And, because of the seam allowance this keeps my row straight. I like to check one to see that things are ship-shape before piecing up lots of sets!

3" Triangles from scrap

And so, that's how we ended up here. A good use for scraps! The cutting and piecing are a little fussy, but I really love the effect.  Definitely inspired by Penny's pillow.

for do. Good Stiches

By now I was ready to move things along, so I brainstormed a different block design for block #2. I wanted to echo the theme of the first block, but invest minimum time. And that's where this picture came in...

I was just planning a simple zigzag applique block.

applique cheater block!

A bit cheater perhaps? Well, it gets the job done.  So that's my contribution to "a Box of Crayons".  Thanks for the fun project, Melanie!

orange.

I'll definitely be revisiting these triangles one day!

21 comments:

  1. So cute. It sounds like a fun one!

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  2. Pretty!
    Can I ask what that orange, yellow, and white striped fabric is, if you recall? I GOTTA have it for some halloween plans I've got - it's perfect for candy corn!

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  3. Bree - It's an Ikea print that's probably extinct by now. Sorry!

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  4. Love these! I have a CD by Amy Butler with a whole quilt made up of these triangles, they are a great change up from squares and half square triangles. I love your orange version!

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  5. Bravo!! Very clever piecing, you patient lady!

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  6. Both these blocks are fab! I love chain piecing. Hooray for shortcuts!

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  7. Both blocks are fabulous. "Box of Crayons" sounds like a perfect name for such a colorful quilt!

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  8. LOVE those triangles and the orange! Beautiful!

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  9. I love those tiny triangles! I'll have to give that a try. Looks great.

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  10. I would love to see the complete box of crayons when they're all put together.

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  11. I love your blocks! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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  12. Would love to see the whole quilt together...

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  13. When I saw some of these pictures in flickr, I actually thought you were piecing the triangles with teensy strips of the striped fabric inbetween! But then I saw you had just laid the triangles on the fabric. Whew! Although it might be something to try....

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  14. Thank you for sharing your process with us. I am amazed at the way these blocks came together. Very lovely.

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  15. Lovely, especially the block with the rows of triangles. Thanks for the tips on how to sew them together.

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  16. Very pretty - you already know I'm a fan of your pyramids!

    It will be interesting to see what the entire top will look like.

    All the best - Chris

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  17. The fabric colors are wonderful but your piecing is perfection!! What inspiration!

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  18. those 60 degree triangles in orange are bewitching my brain cells. beautiful work.

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  19. I love this! I'm kinda crazy about these 60 degree angle triangles!

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