Monday, January 23, 2012

Triangles

When I started this quilt at the end of December, I was in it for the fun and with our Scrap Attack quilt-along in mind.  As it grew and grew, I came to really love it - the colors, angles, solids... just the whole personality.  The best part was when I realized it was the perfect quilt for my friend Angela, who is moving across the country this week.  In fact, it totally matches her living room pillows and contains lots of purple, her favorite shade.  With a vision of gifting, I was gifted the energy to go big.  Because, let's face it... this is not the easiest quilt to make large scale (tutorial here).

light + color

But, large scale did not disappoint.  All this scrappy investment created a quilt with such movement and color.  Definitely one of my new favorite quilts!  I want to thank Ungt blod for her inspiration in design and to thank you all for being my partners in craftiness. Creating events like Scrap Attack actually inspires me to do more, enjoy more, reach for more.  It's a circle of happiness (bring on the cheese, but I mean it).

Triangle-ing finished!

So, the finished throw quilt is about 55" x 70", the same size as my Colorbrick Quilt (tutorial here).   Lately I've experimented with larger throws.   Although they cover more of us, they tend to end up in a crumpled heap rather than folded over the side of my couch.  And that's not to say that the Colorbrick Quilt doesn't get lots of use.  Oh my gosh, it does!  It just somehow sees lots more folding than our over-sized Christmas-y quilt.

For batting I joined together 4 pieces of leftover Warm & Natural with a zigzag stitch.  I guess that's one of the benefits of always using the same batting!

the back

I backed it with that Bermuda Zigzag by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman (available at Sew Modern, Hawthorne Threads and Fat Quarter Shop), alongside misc. fabrics that have been languishing in my stash for near on a year.  Those yellow "sunglow" trees from Modern Meadow I always prefer to leave whole.  Same goes for Laurie Wisbrun's Tufted Tweet chairs.  There's also that orange Nap sack from Modern Meadow.  Anyways the collection is very colorful.

scrappy zigzag binding

But it's the binding that really does it for me.  I finally, finally, made a scrappy binding, just pulling out leftovers from other quilts and a few strips of fabric from my string bins.
 
any which way

Every which way you look, there's new colors and patterns to see!

Thanks again for all your advice on the quilting.  Listening to your comments stirred up my creative juices... so I opted to quilt it diagonally with a twist.  You know how people sometimes quilt in on a diagonal and then turn, changing the direction of the quilt line midway?  And then they will echo that first line to fill in the rest of the quilt?  Well, that's what I did. Since the triangles already created a nice diagonal grid, no marking of any kind was needed.  It's pretty hard to see the quilting on such a busy quilt, but it's there!  Maybe in a couple of years, Angela will notice (wink).  Nothing against Angela, mind you, it's just that I think we quilters are way more cognoscente of the existence of quilt lines than your average quilt-user.

quilted on diagonal

So there she goes, all bound up and labeled with those nice little ribbon tags.  I was a trifle sad to say goodbye, but then again this just means I get to start another.  Win, win!

P.S.  Before I start another, I have to finish another.  But, hey, we're still getting closer....

68 comments:

  1. I love this quilt so much! Feeling the need to make one, you always inspire!

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  2. It's beautiful! It turned out so well. I love all the colors. So fun!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! I love the colors. You've used a nice range of values. They all play together so nicely. What an inspiration! Thank you.

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  4. The scale works in your favor, the quilt is beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing a wonderful example of this pattern and a "finish" in the scrap challenge!

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  5. It is stunning Rachel. Really, really beautiful and I have a feeling she will love it. How could she not?

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  6. Inspiring but not really encouraging. I need more encouragement and I´m not even sure it will work...
    Congratulations to you in the first place and to Angela, wishing her the very best.

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  7. I love that you decided to go really big on this one! Its definitely one of my favorite quilts! And though the first time I sewed with triangles (not the half square kind, which are a breeze) was a disaster, I really really want to make one like this, and my want may just outdo my fear of destroying perfectly good fabric. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, Rachel!

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  8. I love it so much! It's definitely my favorite!!

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  9. Fabulous colours. So bright and cheerful! Congrats on a great finish, Rachel!

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  10. LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEE! Had to pin this bad boy asap! ;] This would be so hard for me to give away, kuddos all around!

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  11. That quilt is really amazing. I don't know how you can pick such wonderful colors when they don't actually match. I can't see like that!

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  12. it look amazing!! and i love the scrappy binding.

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  13. It's so beautiful, and I do LOVE the scrappy binding. I bet Angela will adore it and always think of you when she uses it! Very inspiring, Rachel!

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  14. It's incredible! I love the vibrancy of the color and the back turned out lovely!

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  15. It is SO beautiful!! Who knew scraps could be so amazing!

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  16. The colors in this quilt are so bright and vivid! Love it!

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  17. this is really quite beautiful. i kind of want to make one myself now. i certainly have enough scraps to do it!

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  18. It turned out so nice! I can see how it would be a hard one to part with but what a wonderful gift.

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  19. it's amazing rachel!!!! beautiful job and it must feel ultimately rewarding!

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  20. I love this quilt! I pinned your tutorial earlier in hopes of someday making one. Thanks for the inspiration and instruction!

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  21. Gorgeous! I so want to do a scrappy bound quilt, to use up all those leftovers. I hope Angela loves it!!

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  22. wow love it, looks so snuggly, and so great bright colors, summer can come now *g*

    Hugs

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  23. It is a lovely quilt!, congratulations

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  24. Stunning, Rachel! I'm usually on the fence about scrappy quilts but this one may be turning me.

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  25. GORGEOUS! Totally pinning this for future inspiration :)

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  26. Wow! That is an exceedingly gorgeous quilt. :) Well done! Lucky friend. ;)

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  27. this is just so stunning! And I love scrappy bindings! Now I can't wait to get started on my own triangles quilt.

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  28. That turned out so nice! I've historically not been super excited about scrap quilts, but this one may very well have opened my mind. :)

    Your Scrap Attack as been inspirational in helping me think about my scrap bin as more than a source for mending material (I'm forever patching my husband's pants' pockets). I've credited you as the idea source for a crazy storage bag, posted here. It's not entirely scrappy since the pieces are too big, and it's not a quilt, but making it put a nice dent in the size of the scrap bin as well as used up some fabrics I've been schleping around for a long time. Thanks for that!

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  29. It is beautiful. I wish it were mine :)

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  30. It's gorgeous, reminds me of Elma, which was my favourite book as a kid :)

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  31. oh, holy cow. that is completely and utterly fantastically scraptitious! BRAVO!!

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  32. Boy, this quilt is such a winner! I'm dying to make one myself, because yours is so beautiful. Good luck with your new project, and thank you so much for sharing this one :-)

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  33. LOVE. i want to make one now too! ;) i love the scrappy everything. it is so beautiful and i am so glad that it is going to someone who will love it so!

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  34. Oooh, just love how this turned out!

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  35. Love, love, love! You've given me a new fetish - triangles!! :-)

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  36. So beautiful! You're way stronger than I would be (that quilt would be on my couch in a second ;-).

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  37. Rachel, it is really great quilt!!! Very nice and it is more than inspiration!!! :-) So nice! J.

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  38. Gorgeous as always! If I knew someone would make me a quilt like that, I'd move away in a second. :)

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  39. Brilliant finish. I am inspired by your finishes! Off to work one of my projects closer to a finish!

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  40. Love the triangle quilt! I really need to make a scrappy triangle quilt someday. Love your scrappy binding, too!

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  41. I'm working on my Colorblock quilt as we speak (getting a feel for the linen before doing a graduation gift in the spring). But this Triangles HAS to move up on my list of "next to do" - it is absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing - you do such wonderful things!

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  42. Gorgeous! You are so talented with shape and color! I love it and can't wait to start my own (after the curves class :)

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  43. It's beautiful!! You were so smart to work those solids in - they make it perfect!

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  44. amazing! it turned out beautifully.. I love the addition of the solids, it really gives the eyes 'resting' space). The whole effect is fantastic.

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  45. Rachel--gorgeous. I made a triangle quilt ages and ages ago, but it was all monochromatic. Now I've seen yours I want to try one with lots of color and scraps. I noticed that nearly all the scraps were the same value--even the yellows seem saturated. I think that's why I love it so.

    Elizabeth E.
    occasionalpiece.wordpress.com
    (P.S. Sometimes we Wordpress people try to sign in under our WP, but Blogger won't recognize us. Like tonight. That's also why you may get those Anon. comments. And why I always put my signature on these comments.)

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  46. fabulous quilt Rachel - I love it - but I was wondering - how did you do the sewing of the binding - it looks like its machine sewn but I can't seem to see the stitches on the front ? thanks :)

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    1. My binding is machine attached with a zigzag stitch. It's easy, fast and cute! I have a tutorial here: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/11/zigzag-binding-tutorial.html

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  47. Wow Rachel - this is absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm fighting a smidge of envy in fact, and I'm generally pretty good at controlling the little beast, lol!! I especially love the fact that you incorporated the 'scrappy' quality into the backing and the binding!! A fantastic finish to begin the year!!

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  48. i love it, rachel. it's absolutely perfect!

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  49. I love it - the quilt is absolutely gorgeous but what I really appreciate are the great pics of your zigzag stitch on your binding - I have linked to your blog from my Aussie Hero Quilts Blog to illustrate just how cool machine stitched binding can look. Love the scrappy binding too - perfect! Happy stitching!

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  50. Um, wow, I'm in love with this quilt!! Fabulous job, Rachel.

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  51. They are lovely. I really enjoy this pattern.

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  52. Fantastic. Love all the colours and the scrappy binding is perfect. I often do scrappy binding. Probably because I don't want to break the budget but it is also satisfying to use up more fabric from the stash.

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  53. I love this quilt and LOVE the binding!!!! What a burst of color and happiness to cheer me up! I am home sick today with a bad cold and just got up the energy to Poke around my favorite places. Cheerful and looks like it was made with a lot of love. How you finished it in only a few weeks is beyond me. Awesome!

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  54. Love this quilt! Great colors and fabric selection. The binding is perfect.

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  55. I LOVE this quilt! I keep thinking someday I'm going to make a triangle quilt, but now I absolutely must do it. And sooner rather than later! Thank you for the discussion on using the solid fabrics - I hope you don't mind if use that tip on mine!

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  56. Simply gorgeous! I really love the solids mixed in, I think it makes the quilt.

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  57. I love it and have it on the short list as soon as I finish my solid.

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  58. This quilt turned out fabulous. I'm so enamored with triangles lately. The colors and fabrics in this one are to die for.

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  59. This is such a wonderful quilt, everything about it, but I especially like the fact that you added a scrappy binding!

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  60. This is such a pretty quilt, all the different colors and fabrics - it's beautiful!! One day I'll have an eye for pattern and color like this :)

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  61. I really love your quilt! So I have to sew triangles soon ;)

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  62. Hi Rachel! I love your colourful quilt! It's amazing! I have missed you but your blog doesn't run well in my computer (I should find someone to help with these things).
    Your idea for Scrappiness Festival is so great! I have seen there so many beautiful and unique quilts!
    Sunny wishes! x Teje

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  63. You did a great job on the scrappy triangles! I love all the colors, and it all works together so well. Cute binding!

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