Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along - Time to Cut

Thank you so much for the feedback about my two color pulls for the Triangle Quilt Along, hosted by the Sassy Quilter.  I ultimately decided to go with pull #1, adding in some more purples to help round the palette out.  Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the final fabric pull before I dove into cutting triangles.  I'm using some of my absolute favorite and longest horded fabrics in this quilt.  Particularly some cherished fat quarters of Heather Ross, Mendocino (that's the mermaid fabric that is nearly impossible to find anymore).


Paula put together a great tutorial on how to use these fancy 60 degree rulers.  I've had one on my sewing table for ages (no idea where it came from) but have never used it!  But fear not, you don't need to run out and buy one of these right away to make a triangle quilt.  Paula also showed us how to cut them using the 60 degree line on a regular ruler too.  This was also my first time using starch on my fabrics before cutting, as Paula recommended.  My opinion on the stuff is not yet decided.

diving right in
stack of green triangles
To make a quilt the same size as Paula's I needed to cut 204 triangles.  At first I was like, "wow, that is going to take forever!", then I started cutting and before I knew it I'd cut 419 triangles.  Whoops.  I guess it will be a little bit bigger!
progression of colors

Now the question is: what will I do with all these scraps?  I'm thinking wonky stars!



I'm linking up with this weeks WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.



Happy Quilting!



12 comments:

  1. I'm doing the #TriangleQAL too! I love your fabric pull. It's going to be such a bright and fun quilt. Wonky stars are a great idea for the scraps, tho I'm thinking I'll just save my scraps for my next crazy quilt.

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    1. Wow, Crazy quilts sound like fun! I love the colors too and can't wait to see it finished.

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  2. I am doing the Triangle QAL also! I'm planning to save the edge scraps to use on the edges of my rows as partial triangles so that I don't have to cut my lovely triangles in half! My cutting went super fast as well and I have 240 triangles to work with. :)

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    1. Great idea Alison! I want to give my top the appearance of floating so I'm going to add a band of triangles along the outside in my chosen border color so I don't have to chop any of the colors!

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  3. The only triangles I've dealt with are half square triangles. Love your fabrics.
    I'm going to pop over and check out the QAL.

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    1. I'm in the same boat Marsha! 60 degree triangles scare me! We'll see how I do with the sewing.

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  4. Beautiful!!! Nothing like a stack of cut fabric waiting to be turned into a top. I like the idea of wonky stars for the scraps!!

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    1. Thanks Shannon, and thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Lovely! Ha, I love it when strip cutting/subcutting churns out too many blocks in no time -- I actually keep a box of orphaned (custom) precuts because hey, you never know :)

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    1. I seem to do that a lot! One time I cut through every single blue in my stash thinking I was going to make a bed sized quilt with all of the blocks. When I was done cutting I realized that I'd cut enough blocks to make 4 of them! They still sit in a box with all of their little parts waiting to be used up.

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  6. I love how many posts this WIP Wednesday were for the Triangle QAL. You could make 2 quilts?

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