Tricky Triangles finally finished

I am very very very  pleased to say that my pink and green triangle quilt is finally all done.  I have procrastinated with this quilt in new and exciting ways over the last 6+ months… but she is now completed and I can move on with the rest of my life.

modern scrap triangle quilt

I must admit, in the spirit of full disclosure, that I had planned for this quilt to be bigger than what she ended up as, but I got to the point where I had had enough and just went with the blocks I had made.  Her finished dimensions are 45 inches x 50 inches which is a smallish kids quilt.

finished triangle quilt detail 2

I first posted this block way back in April… I had been given a small scrap pile of olive green fabric and wanted to do something with it.   Hot pink fabric was chosen to go with the olive and a triangle paper pieced pattern from the “Modern Blocks” book was chosen.   I was so optimistic with that first post I titled it “Triangle Love”.

triangle quilt blocks

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I decided to bite the bullet and finish this sucker… but now I was referring to it as “Triangle Trauma“.  Oh what a difference time makes….

finished triangle quilt detail

Now all is said and done I am really happy with how this quilt turned out…but will not be jumping into another triangle quilt for a while!   For the backing of the quilt I used a piece of Densye Schmidt which worked perfectly with the quilt top.

finished triangle quilt back

For the quilting I selected a random triangle, quilted around it and then radiated the quilting out from there.  It is straight line quilting but with a twist.  I went with pink thread of course, because you can never get enough pink in my opinion!

finished triangle quilt quilting detail

I nearly went with pink binding but opted for a Kona olive green instead – I think it made the pink pop a little more.

finished triangle quilt bindingSo now that I have finished a quilt, I am now, under Ashley’s mum’s rules, allowed to start another one.  I have a pattern picked out and fabric pulled… stay tuned.

Quilt Details:

Technique:  Modern scrap
Block:   Paper pieced triangle pattern from “Modern Blocks”
Finished size:     45″ x 50″

Triangle Trauma – wip Wednesday

I was spurred this week to pull out an old work in progress by Ashley at Wasn’t Quilt in A Day.  Her Mum told her that she could not start a new quilt until she had finished one of the ones she had already started.  I took this sound advice and dusted off these blocks from the beginning of the year….

modern scrap triangle quilt blocks

This quilt has been sitting in the cupboard because I am a little scared of triangles. This is only the second time I have worked with triangle-shaped blocks and I must admit I am not enjoying the process.   You really need to be precise with your points and I have done soooo much unpicking.  To help with the precision i am using a paper piecing pattern.

paper pieced triangle blocks

Emboldened by the challenge to finish this top, I pulled all the blocks I had made out and pinned them up on my design wall, using some solid fabric pink and olive triangles to break up the pattern a little.

triangle quilt blocksThere was then a flurry of activity to make the extra blocks I needed to make the quilt a usable size (14 blocks wide by 8 rows long).
My sewing machine was awash with strings of pink and olive fabric.

pink strips everywehere

By mid afternoon I was happy with how things were looking and started sewing some of the rows of blocks together.  I find this is the point where you really start to see how the finished quilt is going to look.

string of triangles

Last night there was a lot of unpicking….I am trying to be as precise as my patience will let me.  Row by row I am going to get this sucker done.

view from my sewing machine

This morning I sewed two of the rows together to check my alignment and to see how the colours and pattern are working.  They are a little off in places but with this pattern it you have to look really hard to notice.

triangle wip cu

I am determined to have this top pieced by the end of today… if only so I can start something new.  That is Ashley’s mum’s rule and I am going to try to quilt by it.  One finished before another started.  I can do this… I think!