Sunday, June 9, 2013

Triangle boarder Tutorial

It is no surprise that I love a boarder. I REALLY love a fast boarder. This is one. There is also almost no waste which I love too.

If you want to have strip pieced triangles just slice up strips between 1 inch and 2.5 inches (I cut width of fabric from selvedge to selvedge and then sub-cut the strips in half. I find it easier to work with 22 inch strips than to work with 44 inch strips... plus I can make more variation in the strip combinations for the triangles) After I have sewn the strips together I cut them into triangles. No real measuring. I just slice angles to make triangles. The I stack them up and make my boarder.

So you need to cut your background strip about an inch and a half more wide than the height of your triangles.

  • Lay your first triangle on the background and use the left edge of the triangle to make your first cut.

  • flip the background piece over so the cut angle is going in the right direction for the right side of the triangle. This one you will need to cut to size so you will need a little ruler. Make sure all the edge is overlapping the background. 

Now you are going to stitch the triangles.

The bottom of the triangle will need to hang over the background by a quarter inch. Same deal on the right side.

stitch first the left side then the right. Trim off the overlap bit on the back and finger press your block open.

Then move on to the next triangle.

If you use this tutorial or have questions please let me know!

Happy quilting!

Seaglass Quilt

Hey there! I have a quilt to show you today. I started this one last week after seeing Alissa's (didn't get the memo) quilt . I just fell in love with it! Well I had seen the technique in one of Gwen Marston's Book (Liberated Quiltmaking) as well as Quilting Modern. I am sure it is in a hundred other books as well, but I had filed it away in the back of my mind as a someday quilt. But after seeing Alissa's wonderful top and looking at my favorite stack of Hand dyed Ombres's I just started cutting and all the sudden the center was finished. This goes super fast if you are chain piecing. I have a tutorial planned for the triangle boarder I made.

Here I am quilting away.

I pretty much love how this quilt turned out. I quilted it to look like wind or waves. Those little aqua and teal triangles are maybe sail boats? My youngest son thought they looked like tree tops that had been flooded by a tsunami.

I used a verigated silver cotton thread to quilt this piece. I love the name of the thread "Desert Wind" doesn't that evoke a story all by itself?

Here is the little fushia triangle...doing it's own happy thing. The rest of the triangles are from only 2 pieces of fabric - a teal and an aqua ombre. I love the different tones that are in hand dyes and to me it looks very much like water color paint.

I think the boarder quilting looks like seaweed.

The back is pieced...I like it too.

Here is my old Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston. I love this book. It is beat up and dog-eared and written in.

And this is one of her illustrations about how to make these blocks. I love how simple she makes everything.

Right now I am not sure what I am going to do with this quilt. It is a good size throw (70 inches square). I may put it in my shop and see if anyone wants it.