Monday, January 16, 2012

Triangle-ing

This weekend I...

growing

grew my triangles quilt.  My rows are now 30 triangles long with 15 rows total to make a nice throw-sized quilt.   I found it annoying to go back and enlarge the original rows (not sewing annoying, just mentally annoying), but it had to be done because....

1.  I kept cutting triangles (it's addictive), and
2.  I decided to gift this to a family

For starters I had only committed to a baby-sized quilt.  I wasn't sure how much triangle-ing I would handle, nor how many solids I really had in my scraps.  Well, this is like ALL my solids scraps. I did have to cut a bit from yardage to finish, but sewing the triangles did not get old.  Before it was too late, I started mixing in some fun, multi-color prints like those Ann Kelle owls to please the little ones in the family I have in mind.  I guess since my color scheme was already so defined and my layout was full of solids, working in the multi-colors didn't bug me like it did at the beginning.  In fact, I used up every single, ingle triangle that I cut post fabric-murder episode. I think I'm sporting a halo now.

masking tape labels

And then it was time to join those rows.  After much rearranging, I had defined an order that prevented any same-fabric triangles from meeting.  Of course, at that point it was time to pack up and clear out the floor.  (Now that we have kitties, I can't leave fabric on the floor and expect to find things anything like I left them next morning.)  So, I marked the row order with numbers scrawled on masking tape.  I'm  sure I picked up this idea somewhere around blogland.  It's so easy and cheap and foolproof.

finished, but how to quilt?

Now we're all pieced!  Joining the rows went just fine.  I sewed them together with a generous 1/4" seam and was pleased with how the points turned out.  They're definitely not the epitome of perfection, but I think it looks great!

in my space

Today is my chance to quilt it.  Any ideas?  I'm thinking something straight-lined, but hopefully not too incredibly time consuming.  Today is my first "Stitched" Monday.  Now that I don't have the other job, I get to spend Mondays at home working on Stitched in Color stuff, while my MIL has the kiddos.  I'm so excited to have a whole day to spend in this space!   Of course, my fantasies of what I can get done are larger than life (don't we all do that?), but it's 9:30 am and here I am finishing up my blog post.  So, I'm off to work on writing out Curves Class tutorials, catching up on blog-reading and Flickr (can't wait to see what you've been adding to the Scrap Attack Flickr group!) and then later I'll baste and quilt the Triangles quilt as my reward. 

Sounds like a plan. Catch you (and your ideas?) later!

40 comments:

  1. I love this quilt so much. If you have a triangles attack again, you are most welcome to make one for me. haha. I'm excited to see what you with this one, and I agree that straight line quilting is the way to go. Enjoy your "day off" and I will envy you.

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  2. what a great scrappy quilt top, rachel! it's so full of wonderful color!

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  3. How are you planning to bind the pointy edges? Will you trim them straight? Or will you have one giant zig-zaggy bind-o-rama?

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    1. I will definitely trim the edges straight for straight binding. Yep, I'll be doing that soon...

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  4. Lucky you getting to spend the day sewing kid-free! I love this quilt. I am putting it in my "want to do" files. It is such a great looking quilt.

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  5. I SO want to make that quilt. Too cute! Also, I love how clean your floors are! Come clean mine?

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  6. A whole day to stitch every week sounds dreamy. The quilt looks great!

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  7. Beautiful. And I too am a teeny bit jealous that you have the entire day to yourself! Have a marvelous day!

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  8. Rachel that is gorgeous. I'm so impressed you had the patience to piece all those triangles!

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  9. As for the quilting, suggest you think about an uneven diamond grid & change the thread color often. I just quilted a wall quilt that was all diamond & triangle shapes and like how it turned out. Lovely quilt top!

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    1. Good suggestion! The uneven grid will make life easier for sure. I have some rainbow thread I could use for the quilting. I'll definitely have fun with my thread choice!

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  10. Ok, y'all, but the day's about halfway done and I'm still on the computer! That's not a bit surprising either. I always have lots of computer work for Stitched in Color. It's actually easier to sew with my kids around than to do computer work, so that's why my sewing on Monday's will be just a small part of day. Still, I feel immensely lucky that it's part of my work day at all!

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  11. LOVE the way this quilt looks! I can't wait to see it finished. You are such an inspiring seamstress, and I always look forward to your posts!

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  12. I am going to be doing a triangle quilt for a wedding present, and my plan to quilt it is to run through the points and the center of the opposing triangle side with straight line quilting. Good luck in what you decide, it's a great quilt!

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    1. Oh, that's a great idea! That would also enforce all those seams.

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  13. oh you definitely nailed it on the fabrics this go around - i LOVE those jewel tones. this is going to be one amazing quilt!! happy quilting.

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  14. loving this! I wanted to sew a quilt for our baby arriving in a few short weeks but I have been so tired I didn't get to it...makes me feel guilty looking at yours!

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  15. Ooh, la, la! Those colors work so well together, you'd never know if was a scrappy quilt. Yes, straight line quilting would look great.
    Enjoy the time to yourself!

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  16. Ooh, looks fab! Love all the colours you got in there, and well done for salving your fabric murder conscience ;o)

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  17. what a lovely bright quilt, love all those colours

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  18. I think either organic wavy lines or straight line quilting is the way to go. Although an all over FMQ would look great, if you're up for it!

    I can't believe you used nearly all of your scraps! How amazing! The quilt top looks beautiful. I love it!

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    1. Oh no, just all of my solids scraps. I have a ton more printed ones!

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  19. Looking beautiful Rachel!

    Is probably an obvious option, but I think it'd look great with some straight line quilting along each side of the diagonal seams. :)

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  20. I love this quit top, it's so pretty, colorful, scrappy, just wonderful!

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  21. i love the colors... they are bright but muted at the same time. excellent design rachel!

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  22. wow, i love the triangles! i think the addition of all those solids was a terrific idea. now i want to make one of my own!

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  23. amazing! i absolutely love this. garment sewing is much more my thing than quilting, but goodness(!) this makes me want to sew a quilt. love, love LOVE!

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  24. Stunning! I'm a big fan of anything retro/vintage-y and this has that funky 70's feel to it. Love it, love it, love it!

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  25. I do love this quilt. When it comes to piecing long rows, I'm glad I have my walking foot. It's so tedious to put on the machine, though, I tend to leave it on there for awhile ;-)

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    1. I leave my walking foot on ALL THE TIME. Yes, I can't wait to get a machine that has it built in so that I can actually use other feet!

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  26. I LOVE it!! I can't wait to see this one finished!!

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  27. WOOOOW I think I just start now cutting pieces fabric to make this. So nice!

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  28. fantastic quilt rachel - the fabrics just sing - and all that beautiful colour - lucky family who is receiving this

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  29. It looks great .... can't wait to see it finished!

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  30. I am so jealous of your "Stitched" Monday. You have the best MIL in the world. Enjoy a day of stitching. I think this quilt top looks amazing and straight line stitching would be perfect, maybe on the diagonal?

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  31. Great quilt. It's amazing how all of those colors and patterns play well together,

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  32. love it. so going scrappy with my next one.

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  33. what a fun quilt! the colors are great and I love the triangles! (it's on my list for someday!...)

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